Port Vale v Accrington preview
Last Updated: 19/08/11 12:38pm
Richards: Could be on the bench for Vale
Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Port Vale and Accrington Stanley at Vale Park.
Marc Richards could make his return to the Port Vale squad.
The striker has not played since sustaining an ankle problem against Crawley on the opening day of the season.
However, Richards may have to settle for a place on the bench if he is fit after his replacement Sean Rigg scored twice in the victory at Barnet last weekend to open his account for the campaign.
Assistant manager Mark Grew has urged Vale's fringe players to be patient as they wait for a first-team chance. The Valiants have embarked on a three-match unbeaten run, which has prompted boss Micky Adams to largely keep faith with the same starting line-up.
It has left midfielders Rob Taylor, Lewis Haldane, Louis Dodds, Ryan Burge and Sam Morsy awaiting their first league starts, but Grew insists the squad will be utilised.
"Everybody is in contention but everybody is going to have to be patient," Grew told the Sentinel. "We had such a good start to last season that the team picked itself. But after we started losing and things changed, people were given their opportunities."
Accrington boss John Coleman will assess the fitness of Kurtis Guthrie.
The striker sustained a hamstring injury during Tuesday's 1-0 home win over Bradford and was replaced at half-time by Craig Lindfield, who could now earn a starting role.
Defender Nat Taylor has a dead leg but is hopeful of recovering in time to feature at Vale Park but Danny Coid is still troubled by groin and back problems.
The summer signing was on the bench on Tuesday but is still not fully fit, while Leam Richardson is carrying a calf strain and is unlikely to feature.
The victory over the Bantams was Stanley's first win of the season and Coleman said: "It's always a relief to get the first win and now we can build on that."
Sky Bet League 2
Sat 20th Aug
AFC W'don1 - 1Hereford
Bradford0 - 1Dag + Red
Gillingham3 - 0Plymouth
Macc'field0 - 0Bristol R
Morecambe2 - 0Aldershot
Northamptn2 - 3Cheltenhm
Port Vale4 - 1Accrington
Rotherham2 - 2Barnet
Shrewsbury2 - 0Crewe
Southend0 - 1Burton Alb
Torquay1 - 3Crawley
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