Monday 11th November 2013
Shortwood United v Port ValeMeadowbank
FA Cup first round
Attendance: 1.247 including 147 visiting supporters
SHORTWOOD UNITED: Tom King, Sam Avery, Matt Bennett, Mark Pritchett, Nick Hancock, James Coates, Tim Haddock, Jake Parrott, Adam Mann, James Baldwin, Duncan Culley. SUBS: Callum Brown, Kevin Slack, Ross Langworthy, Allton Axton, John Cant, Sean Lawson, Aston Herbert
PORT VALE: Chris Neal, Adam Yates, Chris Robertson, Liam Chilvers, Carl Dickinson, Chris Birchall, Chris Lines, Anthny Griffith, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Lee Hughes, Tom Pope. SUBS: Sam Johnson, Louis Dodds, Gavin Tomlin, Chris Shuker, Ben Williamson, Richard Duffy, Jordan Hugill
Doug Loft was ruled out though injury as Micky Adams made three changes to the starting line-up with Jennison Myrie-Williams coming in for the skipper, Lee Hugues up front in place of Ben Williamson and Chris Birhcall in for Louis Dodds.
Gavin Tomlin was amongst the substitutes after returning from injury where he was joined by recent debutant Jordan Hugill as Vale faced a Shortwood United side looking for am FA Cup shock.
Vale eased their way into the second round of the FA Cup an look forward to a home tie against Salisbury City after a 4-0 win at Shortwood United.
Jennison Myrie Williams and Chris Birchall gave Vale a two-goal lead and Myrie Williams added a second from the spot late on in th egame, before Chris Lines completed the scoring in stoppage time.
Although Vale were enjoying the early minutes of the game from a territorial and possession point of view, the home side stood up to things well and were far from outplayed.
GOAL:But Vale took the lead in the 15th minute when Adam Yates played the ball inside for Chris Birchall, who advanced on goal before finding JENNISON MYRIE-WILLIAMS to his left and the winger finished confidently.
The goal seemed to have the effect of settling the team down a little and Vale began to play the ball around a bit more, looking more comfortable as they pushed forward.
The visitors continued to have most of the ball but seemed to lack any finesse, with too many stray passes at crucial times.
Vale went close to a second goal in the 27th minute when a long punt from Chris Robertson found Tom Pope and the ball eventually dropped for Lee Hughes, whose fierce volley was well saved by Shortwood ‘keeper Tom King.
GOAL:But two minutes later Vale doubled their lead when Pope’s initial effort was blocked by King, but CHRIS BIRCHALL was on hand to poke the ball home into an empty net.
Vale’s defensive wall showed it was up to the job when two Shortwood free kicks from just outside the area in the space of two minutes were blocked, with Chris Neal just a spectator.
The home side came out in the second half in an attacking frame of mind, pushing Vale deep into their own half, but Vale were not troubled too much.
Tim Haddock forced Chris Neal to save at the foot of the post with a long distance effort, but otherwise the Vale ‘keeper had little to do.
Vale made their first change in the 66th minute with Ben Williamson coming on for Lee Hughes – Vale hoping the fresh legs and pace of Williamson could cause further damage.
Vale almost added a third goal when Tom Pope met a left wing cross from Carl Dickonson – his header beat King in the Shortwood goal but hit the crossbar before the home side managed to clear.
Vale made a second substitution in the 73rd minute when Louis Dodds came on to replace Chris Birchall.
Micky Adams made his third and final change ten minutes from time when Jordan Hugill came off the bench to replace Tom Pope.
Hugill was soon in action, rising to meet a Chris Lines free kick from the right, but he couldn’t manage to keep his header on target.
GOAL:Vale wrapped it up with a third goal in the 89th minute when a shot from Dodds was handled inside the box – JENNISON MYRIE-WILLIAMS hit the spout kick into the roof of the net.
GOAL: CHRIS LINESnetted Vale’s fourth in stoppage time when he met a cross from Myrie-Williams to head past King from close range.