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MATCH REPORT | Port Vale 2-3 Exeter City

5 November 2022

Vale bowed out of the FA Cup in the first round as Archie Collins netted a late winner to secure victory for Exeter City at Vale Park.

Collins’ effort, and a strike in either half from the Grecians marksmen Jevani Brown, did the job for the visitors after Dennis Politic, and Danny Butterworth had put Vale in a position to force a replay.

Politic opened the scoring for the Valiants after 25 minutes when he was played through beautifully by Butterworth, before slotting it past Jamal Blackman.

The Grecians equalised just before halftime through Brown when he slammed home Jay Stansfield’s cutback after their number nine had won the ball on the right-hand side.

Brown netted his second of the match to give the visitors the lead with just under 25 minutes to go through a brilliant strike from 25 yards out.

Butterworth smashed home a late equaliser for the Valiants after Mal Benning fired a low ball across the face of goal, which he duly fired into the back of the net.

However, just two minutes later in the 89th minute, Archie Collins curled home an effort from distance to restore the lead for the visitors.

Darrell Clarke made seven changes to the side that drew down at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday, with one of those being the selection of Aidan Stone in between the sticks for Vale.

Butterworth saw the first sight of goal for Vale after eight minutes, but after beating a couple of defenders on the edge of the box, his shot trickled into the hands of Blackman.

Moments later, Dan Jones produced a brilliant challenge up the other end to stop Stansfield from finding the back of the net when he looked likely to give the visitors the lead.

Vale had a brilliant opportunity to take the lead in the 18th minute when Politic won possession high up the pitch and raced through one-on-one, but Blackman managed to produce a strong stop to deny our number 33.

Both sides were having their chances, and the visitors came close after 24 minutes after Jack Caprice put in a low cross for Sam Nombe, however, he could only hit the side netting from close range.

After the goal, Vale upped the pressure, and Politic nearly added to the score line when he saw an effort smash off the bar after a well-worked corner routine was laid off to him by Tom Conlon.

The Grecians came close to extending their lead in the final 20 minutes through Collins, with his whipped free kick from the left-hand side cannoning back off the bar.

Harry Charsley, who came on as a substitute, tried to spark Vale into life, and he came close through a curling effort in the final 10 minutes, but a deflection guided the ball just wide of the post.

Exeter thought they had sealed the victory with a third goal with only minutes remaining, however, Stansfield’s effort, which looked certain to find the back of the net, took a slight deflection which took it just wide.

In a frantic finish to the match, Vale had two chances to force a replay late on, with the first from Butterworth forcing a strong save from Blackman.

Gavin Massey then had a brilliant chance to score in the last chance of the game, but when the ball fell to him from a corner, he couldn’t quite get hold of his effort from close range, and he sent it wide of the post.

Port Vale | Stone, Cass (75’ Robinson), Jones, Smith, Worrall, Conlon, Odubeko (67’ Holden), Pett (55’ Massey), Butterworth, McCarron (55’ Benning), Politic (67’ Charsley)

Unused Subs | Stevens, Small, Hall, McDermott

Exeter City | Blackman, Caprice, Sparkes, Hartridge, Collins, Stansfield (90’ Jay), Nombe (75’ Kite), Key, Dieng, Brown, Sweeney

Unused Subs | Brown, Harper, Chauke, Cox, Beardmore

Attendance | 4,807 (205 away)

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Buy Emirates FA Cup Tickets | Port Vale vs Exeter City

3 November 2022

Join us as we kick-off our Emirates FA Cup campaign on Saturday against fellow League One side Exeter City.

  • Emirates FA Cup Ticket News | Port Vale v Exeter City
  • Home tickets initially available in the Lorne Street Stand, Railway Paddock and Railway Stand only
  • Tickets on general sale, with a discount available on advance purchases (£15 Adults, £10 Concessions, £5 Juniors) - all prices increase by £2 on matchday

Darrell Clarke's side begin their 2022/23 Emirates FA Cup campaign on Saturday when Exeter City visit Vale Park (kick-off 3pm).

Tickets are initially available in the Lorne Street Stand, Railway Paddock and Railway Stand only, and should we reach capacity in those stands, the Bycars Stand would be opened.

The decision to initially close the Bycars Stand for this fixture has been taken based on attendance at previous similar First Round ties, with a view to operating with more sustainable environmental practices in line with the EFL Green Clubs scheme, where possible, and reducing additional costs associated with opening a stand not at capacity.

Supporters should note that ticket prices are subject to a £2 increase on matchday, with advance purchase also recommended to avoid matchday queues.

Supporters who purchase tickets for our Emirates FA Cup First Round tie with the Grecians will be rewarded with double loyalty points (10) for this fixture, as a further reward for your excellent continued support.

Tickets prices agreed between the clubs are as follows:

Ticket Type In Advance Matchday
Adult (22-61) £15 £17
Concession (18-21 / 62) £10 £12
Junior (17 and Under) £5 £7

Here is a step-by-step of how you can do just that:

  1. Select the "Buy Tickets" link from the top of this article.
  2. Select your desired stand from the displayed diagram of Vale Park.
  3. Once you have selected the stand, you will be asked to choose the block in which you would like to be seated.
  4. You will then be asked to choose the specific seat that you would like.
    • Please be aware, all available seats will be green. If your preferred seat is greyed out, that seat has already been reserved and you will have to select an alternative
  5. Once you have selected your seat, you will be shown a concession list. Please select the option that applies to the occupant of the seat and it will be added to your online basket
    • If you are looking to purchase multiple tickets, please follow the above steps again.
  6. Now that you have added your tickets to your basket, select "View" from the basket bar at the top of the web page.
  7. You will then be directed to your basket. Please view this carefully to ensure that all of your desired tickets are in there.
  8. To make online purchases, you are required to have an online account. If you already have one, go ahead and log in with your details. If not, please fill in all mandatory fields to create your account.
  9. Once you have logged in to your account, follow the steps to add your preferred payment method and payment details and select "Pay" to confirm your purchase.
  10. Now that your payment has been confirmed, you will receive an email with your e-ticket/s. Please display the QR code at full brightness when entering Vale Park via the designated turnstile.

Thank you for your incredible support!

If you have any queries regarding purchasing your match ticket, please email, or for anything else, please email

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