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Port Vale's full League Two fixtures for 2018/19 revealed – Vale start at home to Cambridge

Port Vale will have the chance to avenge their heaviest defeat of last season when they kick off their 2018/19 campaign at home to Cambridge United.

The Valiants were thumped 5-0 at Cambridge on the final day of last season, but have been given a home tie against United on the opening day of the new campaign.

The fixture will be a special one for Vale’s new signing Leon Legge, a former captain at Cambridge who played for United in that game in May before switching to the Valiants.

Neil Aspin’s team’s first away game, is at Colchester on August 11.

Vale’s first meeting with neighbours Crewe is on September 22 when they travel to the Alexandra Stadium. The return fixture sees Crewe come to Vale Park on April 6.

The Valiants have been given a Boxing Day home game – against Grimsby. That’s part of a Christmas schedule which sees them make the short trip to newly-promoted Macclesfield on December 22, entertaining the Mariners on the 26th, and Oldham on the 29th, then travelling to Lincoln City on New Year’s Day.

Full Port Vale League Two fixtures for 2018/19 LIVE news and reaction

The Valiants complete their programme away to Tom Pope’s old club Bury, who have been relegated from League One.

Port Vale boss Neil Aspin applauds the travelling supporters after the end of season game at Cambridge (Image: Gerard Austin)

04/08/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Cambridge United

11/08/2018 15:00 Colchester United v Port Vale

18/08/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Crawley Town

21/08/2018 19:45 Carlisle United v Port Vale

25/08/2018 15:00 Tranmere Rovers v Port Vale

01/09/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Newport County

08/09/2018 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Port Vale

15/09/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Northampton Town

22/09/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Port Vale

29/09/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Exeter City

02/10/2018 19:45 Port Vale v Milton Keynes Dons

06/10/2018 15:00 Grimsby Town v Port Vale

13/10/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Lincoln City

20/10/2018 15:00 Oldham Athletic v Port Vale

23/10/2018 19:45 Stevenage v Port Vale

27/10/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Bury

03/11/2018 15:00

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Cambridge City new boy 'ready to make the step up'

Cambridge City see Lewis Whitehead as someone who can be thrown straight into Southern League action after stepping up from the Eastern Counties League.

The striker joined City last week after scoring 50 goals over the past two seasons for Newmarket Town, including 16 last term and 34 the year before.

But despite now stepping up to Southern One East, Lilywhites assistant manager Neil Midgley doesn’t see the frontman as a work in progress.

“Lewis had been a good local player for some time now and we’ve had our eye on him for a while,” said Midgley. “We’ve got high standards here and it’s a positive move for his career.

“It’s a big jump for him but it’s something we believe he can do. It’s the right time for him to make the jump up, and we believe he can go straight into the side.”

Whitehead’s arrivals should hopefully take some of the pressure off the shoulders of last season’s 30-goal top scorer Ryan Sharman.

Former Soham striker Sharman is one of a whole clutch of last season’s players – but perhaps the most significant – to have pledged their future to City for the forthcoming campaign.

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“Ryan had an excellent season and there was a lot of interest in him, so we were delighted that he chose to stay with us and improve as a player with us,” said Midgley.

“We want him to now build on what he has already done, and we can offer him lots in terms of coaching. Thirty goals at any level is brilliant, and we cannot wait to see if he kicks on from that.”

At the other end of the pitch, having got through four goalkeepers last season, City are hoping former Luton Town stopper Liam Gooch will nail the number one shirt after arriving from Biggleswade Town.

“Goochy is young and hungry and has obvious pedigree,” said Midgley. “I think he fell out of favour at Biggleswade after a change of manager, and hopefully their loss will be our gain.”

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