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Match Previews

Match preview | Port Vale vs Imps

23 February 2024

The Imps will look to make it four wins from five matches when travelling to Port Vale on Saturday 24 February (3pm KO).

All the key information ahead of the fixture can be found in this match preview.


Around 630 tickets have been sold for the trip to Staffordshire.

Pay on the day will be available from 9am using the link HERE. Supporters will have to change the webpage to ‘away supporter’ and create an account in their name, with e-tickets then sent to the relevant email address within a few minutes once purchased. There will not be cash or card payments available to City supporters for tickets.

Vale Park is a cashless stadium, with the exception of 50/50 and programme sellers which can be purchased from the away kiosks.

Click HERE for full ticket details and click HERE for Port Vale's away supporters guide.


The match is available for live streaming internationally for just £10, or the equivalent cost in your local currency.

The feed includes expert commentary from the BBC Radio Lincolnshire sports team, including replays of key moments as well as match statistics and latest scores around the division.

Alternatively, UK-based supporters can listen to live match commentary using an iFollow Imps audio pass - which can be bought HERE.

City supporters unable to get to Port Vale will also be able to follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official X (Twitter), Facebook and Instagram pages.


Nickname: The Valiants

Founded: 1876

Stadium: Vale Park

Manager: Darren Moore

Top scorer: Ben Garrity (10 goals)

League position: 22nd


Imps 1-0 Exeter City

Sky Bet League One

Imps: Jensen, O’Connor ©, Mitchell, Roughan, Erhahon, McGrandles, Hamilton, Sorensen (Eyoma 90+3’, Duffy (Bishop 63’), Taylor (Moylan 78’), House. Subs (not used): Wright, Mandroiu, Makama.

Reading 2-0 Port Vale

Sky Bet League One

Port Vale: Ripley, Jones (Grant 58’), Sang, Smith, Loft (Wilson 77’), Chislett (Garrity 73’), Mighten (Massey 73’), Ojo, Lowe, Weir, Debrah. Subs (not used): Leutwiler, Iacovitti, Dipepa.


Port Vale: LLDLL



Hear from the head coach below…


Port Vale: Home

Imps: Third


Referee: James Bell

Assistant referee: Alex Gray

Assistant referee: Karl Buckley

Fourth official: Lee Freeman

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Match Reports

Port Vale 0 Imps 2

24 February 2024

Joe Taylor's second goal in as many games set the Imps on their way to a fourth win in five games, as City's impressive February continued.

Taylor struck in just the second minute, before Hackett converted a penalty in second-half stoppage time, to seal the three points and stretch the unbeaten run to eight games.

City's No.9 did not need to be asked twice when presented with an early opportunity. Nathan Smith played a free-kick without realising Taylor was right in the path of where he wanted to send the ball, and he promptly fired home with goalkeeper Connor Ripley out of his goal.

The Imps, buoyed by the goal and without tasting defeat in the previous seven games, then controlled the opening stages as a Sean Roughan ball into the area looking for Taylor caused problems.

It took 12 minutes before the home side managed to keep hold of the ball in their final third, with Dan Jones' cross too deep to cause Lukas Jensen any problems, with Jason Lowe heading wide and James Wilson sending an effort too close to City's No.1.

City looked to strengthen their advantage, with Taylor doing well down the right before cutting inside and playing the ball across goal looking for Hackett - with a vital interception from a home defender stopping him from turning it home.

Lasse Sorensen also got away down the right after 36 minutes, with a chipped delivery looking for Taylor which was cut out by Ripley in the home goal.

Bishop threatened moments later, after picking the pocket of Ojo, before Smith got back with a vital block as he advanced on goal. Ripley was again needed to collect a lofted free-kick from Bishop.

Vale, backed by a good crowd, enjoyed a good spell of pressure just before the interval. The best chance was a long-range shot from James Wilson, which needed a diving save from Lukas Jensen to stop it nestling in the top right corner of the goal.

And Jesse Debrah headed over from the resulting corner, but City deserved their half-time advantage.

The opening period of the second half was even, with the first chance falling to the home side after 54 minutes when Alex Mitchell's clearance ricocheted off Wilson and needed Jensen to come out quickly to block Vale's centre-forward when the ball fell nicely for him to get a shot away.

City had to soak up some pressure before enjoying more of the ball as the game entered the final half hour - with Sorensen, Roughan and Danny Mandroiu all sending crosses into the area without managing to carve out a clear chance.

Clear chances were at a real premium throughout the second period, with a corner won as Joe Taylor closed in on a ball over the top after 68 minutes.

And when Tom Sang got a header away in the other area, Jensen was more than equal to it as he made an ultimately comfortable save.

Both side made changes as the game entered the closing stages, with Jack Moylan and Dylan Duffy coming on for the Imps as head coach Michael Skubala looked to have fresh legs in the attacking third.

Darren Moore, in his first home game as Vale manager, had similar thoughts, and brought his No.9 Ryan Loft off the bench with 10 minutes to go.

Bishop almost settled the match in dramatic fashion after 83 minutes, and again the home side had themselves to blame as it was a loose pass from Ripley. Bishop intercepted and, with the keeper out of his goal, sent a long-range effort which had Ripley scrambling back to tip the ball around the far corner.

And Paudie O'Connor's powerful header from the resulting corner, which was sent in by Hackett, needed a top-class save from Ripley to tip it over the bar.

City were given the chance to seal the match in style two minutes into time added on when Duffy got away from Jones in the area and was pulled down. Hackett stepped up to calmly finish in front of the 670 travelling fans.

Vale: Connor Ripley, Dan Jones, Tom Sang, Nathan Smith, Ben Garrity, Ethan Chislett (Gavin Massey, 58), Funso Ojo (Ryan Loft, 79), Jason Lowe, Jensen Weir (Bayleee Dipepa, 74), Jesse Debrah, James Wilson. Subs not used: Jason Leutwiler, Conor Grant, Alex Iacovitti, James Plant.

Imps: Lukas Jensen, Alex Mitchell, Paudie O'Connor, Sean Roughan, Ethan Erhahon, Conor McGrandles, Ted Bishop, Lasse Sorensen (TJ Eyoma, 86), Reeco Hackett, Danny Mandroiu (Dylan Duffy, 77), Joe Taylor (Jack Moylan, 70). Subs not used: Jordan Wright, Bola Okewoye, Jovon Makama.

Attendance: 7,148 (670 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Port Vale (A)

20 February 2024

City can confirm ticket news ahead of the visit to Port Vale on Saturday 24 February (3pm KO).

Port Vale have provided the club with an initial allocation of 628 tickets at Vale Park. 

Click HERE for City’s ticketing website. 


Port Vale (A) 


Adult (22-61)


Senior 62+


Young adults (18-21)


Young teens (13-17)


Under 13


Click HERE for Port Vale's away supporters guide.

Disabled supporters

Port Vale are offering wheelchair and carer tickets in the mixed supporter area of The Leek Building Society Stand, located to the left of the away stand. Tickets in this area will be priced at the relevant age category, with the carer gaining free admission. These can be booked directly through Port Vale by emailing or by calling 01782 655821.

Level Playing Field information on Port Vale can be found HERE.

Sales dates 

Initial allocation 


General sale 


Friday 19 January at 10am 

Monday 22 January at 10am 

Further details 

Red Imps Travel Association coaches depart the LNER Stadium at 11.15am for this fixture, with tickets costing £21 per person - purchase your travel HERE.

Vale Park is a cashless stadium, with the exception of 50/50 and programme sellers which can be purchased from the away kiosks.

Should any tickets remain, pay on the day will be available from 9am using the link HERE. Supporters will have to change the webpage to ‘away supporter’ and create an account in their name, with e-tickets then sent to the relevant email address within a few minutes once purchased. There will not be cash or card payments available to City supporters for tickets.

Online sales deadline 

Pay on the day 

Friday 23 February at 3pm


Available (online only)


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