IT’S not a pretty sight for Stoke City fans to see their team bottom of the table.
But that’s the reality after yet another disappointing start to the season by the Potters.
However, there was a hint of better things to come after an improved performance at home to Derby County in the Championship on Saturday.
Port Vale on the other hand have made a promising opening to their campaign in League Two, after emerging from their first three games unbeaten.
A win still evades the Valiants but they have a chance to quickly put that right when Forest Green are the visitors to Vale Park tonight (Aug 14), kick off 7.45pm.
However, it won’t be an easy task against an also undefeated Green with two wins and a draw to their credit so far.
On the local non league scene North Staffordshire rivals Leek Town and Kidsrove Athletic clash head-on in the BetVictor Northern Premier League at Harrison Park.
Leek have not beaten Kidsgrove since 2015 and lost to them in both league encounters last season.
Also tonight, Uttoxeter Town are at home to second placed Brocton in the Total Motion Midland League First Division at Oldfields, kick off 7.45pm.
There is more local action tomorrow night (Aug 21) with a full programme of fixtures in the Staffordshire County Senior League.
Pick of the bunch is the local derby between Ball Haye Green and Cheadle Town in the Premier Division at Pointon Park, Cheddleton.
Two other Moorlands rivals clash at Birchall playing fields where Ball Haye Green reserves take on Cheadle Town reserves (6.30pm).