Vale reserves lose 100% record
Port Vale 0 (0) v Walsall 2 (1)
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Vale Reserves Lose 100% League Record
PORT VALE:Ryan Boot Harry Pickering, Mackenzie Faulkener.SUBS NOT USED:, Kyle Clarke, Aziz Deen–Conteh, Ryan Lloyd, Lewis Bergin, Reiss Greenidge, James Davis (Omar Haughton 68), Chekaine Steele (Billy Reeves 80), Jonathon Kapend (Dan Turner 80), Alex Nimely, Enoch Andoh.
WREXHAM: Keiron Wooland, Liam Walsh.SUBS NOT USED:Louis Gray, Matt Cook, Ross White, Steve Tommason (Salvin Kisitu 60), Robbie Evans, Callum Terrell (Jonny Smith 70), Iwan Cartwright, Cory Roper, Johnny Hunt (Regan Carthy 66), Nick Rushton, Joe Williams.
Vale played their latest signings, Aziz Deen-Conteh and Enoch Andoh as well as another two trialists in the persons of James Davis and Alex Nimely. Nimely, a Liberian with UK qualifications, was released by Manchester City in the summer after 6 years there where he played 1 game for City but almost 30 out on loan at Middesbrough, Coventry and Crystal Palace. Nimely was in action in the first minute when he showed pace and craft to almost put Kapend in on goal.
minute cross saw Boot punching a cross but it only went as far as Evans whose 15 yard shot took a deflection before nestling the corner of the net to give the visitors an early lead. Wrexham continued to push forward and Boot was again in action when clearing a shot with his foot, but only as far as another attacker whose shot was heading in until Greenidge cleared off the line. Vale responded as a Nimely header provided Kapend with a chance but he could not quite reach the ball before the ‘keeper collected the ball.thWrexham then took control and a 7
minute but his effort was deflected for a corner. When the ball came over Gray dropped the ball and Kapend hooked the ball over his shoulder only to see it come back off the bar. The ball was immediately down the other end with Rushton missing a good chance to extend the visitor’s lead.thWrexham were dominating the middle of the park and opportunities were scarce for Vale to get back into the game but Nimely made space for a shot in the 36
In the following minute Vale were lucky not to fall further behind as Bergin gave the ball away in the box but the resulting shot flew well over the bar; this was followed by Steele heading against his own bar as he was back defending a cross. Vale started the second half as they did the first, with an attack but this time Andoh’s cross was deflected for a corner and Wrexham then took control again and extended their lead after 5 minutes of the half as Terrell was allowed to turn in the box and steer his shot into the right-hand corner of the net.
Vale then made their presence felt a little more with Andoh putting in Kapend but his strong shot was blocked and on the hour mark Steele saw a long range effort tipped around the post with Gray at full stretch. Another Andoh cross saw a header from Nimely drop just over the bar before Boot was back in action, pushing a shot around the post. Nimely was looking very bright and he saw a shot diverted for a corner with Greenidge’s header from this being safely held by the ‘keeper.
Lloyd then saw another shot deflected for a corner as Vale pushed hard and the tempo rose again as Haughton came on as a substitute. He soon saw a curling shot bounce to safety from the top of the bar and then had a shot saved at the foot of the post. Vale’s final effort saw a Nimely header drift just wide of the post as Vale suffered their first League defeat of the season, but they still stay top of the Western Section.
Lindon Roberts – Port Vale Volunteers Group