Port Vale v Morecambe preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Port Vale and Morecambe at Vale Park.

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Adam Yates: Hoping for recall

Adam Yates: Hoping for recall

Vale manager Micky Adams must decide whether to name an unchanged team for the fifth successive match.

Adams has hinted he may tweak a few things following last weekend's goalless draw against struggling Barnet.

Defender Adam Yates, midfielders Chris Shuker, Chris Birchall and Sam Morsy and strikers Calvin Andrew and Ben Williamson were all on the bench at Underhill and are options for Adams.

Meanwhile, Louis Dodds is nearing a return after a calf strain and the forward may also be included in the squad.

However, defender Joe Davis and winger Ryan Lloyd have joined John McCombe on the sidelines.

Davis tweaked knee ligaments during a reserve-team game against Burton on Tuesday while Lloyd suffered an ankle injury in the same match.

McCombe, who has been out for five weeks with a knee injury, returned to training on Thursday but the defender remains short of match fitness.

Ahead of Saturday's fixture, Adams told reporters: "We weren't quite at it last week when Barnet's shape caused us a few problems. We'll have a look at that.

"But we're at home and the emphasis is always on the home team to go and attack, so that's what we'll do.

"We're an attacking side anyway and it's something of a bonus when we keep clean sheets, but to have kept three in a row is great."

Robbie Threlfall and Andy Fleming are hoping to make their comebacks from injury for Morecambe.

Defender Threlfall has not featured for almost a month due to a thigh problem.

Fleming has also been missing since the goalless draw with Cheltenham in January due to an ankle problem, but the midfielder is nearing full fitness.

If both are passed fit then Jim Bentley will have a fully-fit side to choose from as the Shrimps attempt to beat the league leaders and record a third consecutive away win.

And veteran midfielder Stewart Drummond believes they can shock Micky Adams' side.

He told the club's official website: "Not many people will give us a chance going down to Port Vale but, as we proved last season, we can go down there and get a result."

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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