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REPORT: Campion treble helps Vale to top spot

12 November 2014

Shrewsbury Town 1 Vale Reserves 3

Shrewsbury Town 1 (1) v Port Vale 3 (1)

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Reserves Go Top of Table with Campion Performance

SHREWSBURY TOWN: Callum Burton, Alex Fletcher, Alex Ashton, Niall Flint.SUBS NOT USED:Ryan Hickman, Ben Burton, Jeff Watkins, Callum Grogan, Anthony Griffith, James Caton (Josh Ginnelly 66), Aaron Wildig, Scott Vernon (Kaiman Anderson 77), Jordan Clark, Ashley Vincent.

 

PORT VALE: Harry Pickering, Omar Haughton, Billy Reeves Lewis Bergin.SUBS NOT USED:Sam Johnson, Aziz Deen-Conteh, Reiss Greenidge, Michael Brown (Enoch Andoh 60), Chris Robertson, Frederic Veseli, Byron Moore, Jordan Slew, Harry Panayiotou, Achille Campion, Ryan Lloyd.

 

Vale’s second Reserve visit to the Greenhous Meadow saw old faces, in the shape of Anthony Griffiths and Ashley Vincent, and new ones in the Vale side with Harry Panayiotou finally making an appearance and trialists Aziz Deen-Conteh and Enoch Andoh featuring. Dean-Conteh was formerly with Chelsea and is a Sierra Leone International who played in Greece last season and Andoh is Ghanaian and previously played for Limassol in Cyprus. This was a clash between the top two sides in the League, so whoever won would be top.

 

minute.thThe first opportunity fell to Vincent as he was fed down a channel to run at goal, but as Johnson advanced Vincent curled a shot well wide of the near post. Vale replied as Lloyd had 2 good touches to beat his defender and his drive to the near post was pushed for a corner. Vale almost took the lead from the corner as Lloyd and Moore played some neat inter-passing before Moore’s shot crashed against the far post and the rebound was side-footed wide by Slew. The game was end to end as Johnson saved well low down before another Vale attack saw a shot from Slew well saved by Burton and it was only the 10

 

minute as Vincent drove forward and slipped a ball through on the right for Vernon to slot home at the near post. Robertson was in the book soon after for pulling an attacker back; this led to a free-kick 30 yards out and from this a well rehearsed move saw Vincent crash the ball over the bar from 10 yards.ndDeen-Conteh was next in action as he put in a god tackle to stop a cross being delivered and then it was action at the other end as a strong shot from Slew was beaten away. A push by Griffiths on Slew saw a quick free-kick that allowed Panayiotou to set up Slew but his shot was blocked for a corner and as Shrewsbury broke from this Johnson was out quickly to claim the ball at the feet of an attacker. Campion was next in action as he turned and flashed a shot just past the post and then Panayiotou had a shot blocked for a corner on 20 minutes. Vale kept pushing forward but no other chances arose unti just before the half-hour mark when Panayiotou had a chance to run at goal but he pulled his shot wide of the far post. After all the Vale pressure the home side took the lead in the 32

 

was on hand to loop a header over the stranded ‘keeper.CampionPanayiotou but it just escaped for the ‘keeper to collect and next he was diving to collect the ball at Campion’s feet. Vernon then crashed a shot just wide and Greenidge also saw yellow after clattering Vincent. Vale did get a deserved equaliser with three minutes of the half remaining as Slew shrugged off Griffith and although his powerful shot was parried,  Vale were looking for a goal to get them level and a sweet chip by Slew was almost controlled by

 

minute. Slew was next to threaten the home gaol but from Lloyd’s cross his header was just over the bar. Brown then hit a shot that skidded just wide as Vale continued to press and a free-kick just outside the box saw Slew hit row Z in the stand.th who swivelled and hooked the ball into the top corner of the net from 10 yards in the 48CampionThe second period began much as the first had finished with Vale attacking and a run by Moore set up a cross by Lloyd that was put away for a corner just before reaching a Vale attacker. The first corner was cleared at the expense of another and from this a cross by Moore eventually reached

 

   stepped up to hit it over the wall and into the net past the despairing dive of Burton to put Vale two ahead after 65 minutes. CampionAndoh came on after 60 minutes playing on the left wing and he was soon in action with a tricky run that resulted in a corner; a couple of minutes later he was at full tilt heading to goal when he was flattened by Griffith who received a yellow card for his troubles. The free-kick was 25 yards out and

 

Robertson cut out a dangerous cross and Vale cleared the corner as far as the edge of the box where a Shrewsbury player almost succeeded in putting his shot out of the ground. A passing move between Slew and Moore saw Slew brought down just outside the box as he tried to find space to shoot. Campion touched the ball to Veseli whose shot flicked off a defender to go just wide of the far post for a corner. In the next attack Slew just failed to get a toe to a lose ball and the ‘keeper collected to avert any danger. The home team were trying to get back in the game but saw a shot comfortably saved by Johnson. With eight minutes left substitute Anderson was free on the left to run at goal but Johnson advanced and narrowed the angles causing him to shoot wide of the far post. Johnson pulled off another good save as Shrewsbury made a late push to salvage something from the game.

 

Vale saw out the remaining time to inflict Shrewsbury’s first League defeat of the season. With two minutes left on the clock Lloyd set Andoh off on a run down the left and he cut in, beating his defender but his low cross hit the back of a retreating defender’s foot and diverted it from the Vale attackers waiting for a tap-in.

 

Lindon Roberts – Port Vale Volunteers Group


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