Saturday 29th March 2014
At The Lamex Stadium
Attendance: 2,912 including 224 visiting supporters
STEVENAGE: Chris Day, Bira Dembele, Jon Ashton, Filipe Morais, John Mousino, Darius Charles, Lucas Atkins, Francois Zoko, Luke Freeman, Jimmy Smith, Curtis Obeng. SUBS: John Ashton, Jordan Burrow, Simon Heslop, Tom Flanagan, Anderson Banvo, Peter Hartley, Conor Henderson SUBS:
PORT VALE:Sam Johnson, Richard Duffy, Joe Davis, Chris Robertson, Daniel Jones, Chris Birchall, Chris Lines, Billy Knott, Doug Loft, Gavin Tomlin, Tom Pope.SUBS: Adam Yates, Anthony Griffith, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Louis Dodds, Jordan Hugill, Chris Shuker, Rob Taylor
Vale had to settle for a point against bottom-of-the table Stevenage after taking the lead early in the second half when Tom Pope headed home his sixteenth goal of the season.
The home side hit back when substitute Peter Hartley earned his side a point with a header from close range to keep their hopes of avoiding the drop well and truly alive.
Vale made six changes for the game against Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium. Jack Grimmer returned to Fulham earlier in the week and Carl Dickinson was serving a one-match suspension.
Also out was Ben Williams, with an injury, whilst Adam Yates, AnthonyA Griffith and Jennison Myrie-Williams all had to settle for a place on the bench.
Richard Duffy switched to right back and the manager went with Joe Davis and Chris Robertson in the heart of the defence, with Daniel Jones at left back.
Chris Birchall came into misfield, where he was joined by Chris Lines, back from suspension, and up front Gavin Tomlin partnered Tom Pope.