Port Vale switch training ahead of Scunthorpe game


Port Vale are taking a short break from Vale Park, training at the FA’s national football centre.

The Vale have spent the first half of the week at St George’s Park, near Burton, as they prepare for Saturday’s home game with Scunthorpe.

The move is a precaution to protect the Sproson Park training pitches behind Vale’s ground, but John Askey is happy to take advantage of the facilities at St George’s.

The manager also took his squad there for the first day of pre-season.

Assistant boss Dave Kevan said: “Our training ground was a bit heavy with the amount of rain over the last week or so. It’s just allowed us a nice change of venue and scenery and we have managed to get good work into the players over the last couple of days.

St George’s Park

“It is a long season and coming into the same building day in, day out, can get a little bit monotonous at times so it is probably the ideal time for us to have a change of environment. It has allowed us to get some good work in as well so it has been a good couple of days.”

The Vale will be looking to break into the play-off places when they entertain Scunthorpe. Vale are up to eighth after a six-game unbeaten run.

Chief executive Colin Garlick, left back Cristian Montano and head of commercial Richie Bates will be guests of the Vale Supporters Club at Thursday’s meeting, Tommy Cheadle’s pub (7.30pm). Admission is free and all fans are welcome. 

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