Port Vale hope to beat weather for Bradford City clash
PORT Vale are desperate to beat the big freeze to press home their promotion advantage.
The Valiants have won back-to-back games to go to the top of League Two and are keen to maintain that momentum.
But the Vale Park pitch was frozen this week and there are fears that Saturday's game at home to Bradford City, who lost 4-1 at Crewe last night in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, will suffer the same fate as the Youth Cup tie against Everton, which was called off on Tuesday.
Assistant boss Mark Grew is hoping for a thaw, but admitted the club is in the lap of the Gods.
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"We're praying that it goes ahead," he said.
"We've had two wins in a row and we want to take that into the Bradford game.
"The groundsman (Steve Speed) is doing everything he can, but the covers that are on there were frozen yesterday and we couldn't get them off.
"And once you get frost into the ground, the covers will keep it in there.
"We're hoping for the best."
Grew hinted boss Micky Adams could make changes to the team which leapfrogged Gillingham to take top spot last week.
"We have plenty of options now and it's horses for courses," he said.
"The team that played at Gillingham on Saturday was picked to do a certain job.
"So it's not necessarily the team that will play this weekend.
"The gaffer warned the players they're not necessarily guaranteed a place despite winning on Saturday, so we'll wait and see."
Grew said he was enjoying Vale's position at the summit, but warned nothing had been achieved yet.
"We're top of the table, everyone is bubbling at the moment and so they should be," he said.
"It's such a long time since we've had this sort of run and, hopefully, we'll keep it going.
"But there's an awful lot of work to be done and we're not going to sit back and waste what we've done so far.
"If we repeat what we've done in the first half of the season, we'll be promoted, but we're taking nothing for granted.
"We're not looking two or three weeks down the line, we're looking at Bradford on Saturday."