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Vale Park (ATT 6,082) 1st January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Tierney

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Vincent: Faces a late fitness test

Vincent: Faces a late fitness test

Team news ahead of the New Year's Day clash between Port Vale and AFC Fleetwood at Vale Park.

Ashley Vincent could return to the Port Vale squad for Tuesday's League Two encounter.

Vincent remained sidelined with the stomach bug that ruled him out of the Boxing Day victory at Rotherham as the Valiants won 3-2 at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday to replace long-time leaders Gillingham, whose home game against Northampton was postponed, at the division's summit.

The winger was close to making the trip to east London and will continue to be monitored ahead of New Year's Day.

Doug Loft missed out on a return to the club where he had a loan spell in 2009 at the weekend and manager Micky Adams will hope to have his skipper back for the visit of the Cod Army.

Adams has the likes of defender Clayton McDonald, midfielders Robert Taylor, Chris Shuker, Kingsley James and Ryan Lloyd and striker Ben Williamson available should he wish to freshen up his team.

Alex Titchiner will hope to keep his place in the Fleetwood attack.

Titchiner replaced Steven Gillespie at half-time during the Boxing Day win over Morecambe and was handed a first senior start in Saturday's goalless draw with York.

When Gillespie was introduced from the bench against the Minstermen it was in favour of David Ball - Town's matchwinner against the Shrimps.

Midfielder Barry Ferguson (groin) and striker Jon Parkin (hamstring) remain sidelined alongside defensive duo Youl Mawene and Anthony Barry, who have resumed light training following respective foot and knee injuries.

The Cod Army remain unbeaten since Alexander's appointment at the start of this month but have drawn three of his four matches at the helm.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 43 71
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 Portsmouth 43 54
15 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
16 Cheltenham Town 43 52
17 Accrington Stanley 43 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 43 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 43 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39