Vale record a third victory in five days as they hit five again
Kisdgrove Athletic 0 Port Vale 5
Vale continued their good pre-season run with a third win, and for the second consecutive helped themselves to five goals on the way to victory.
Whilst Vale didn’t have everything all their own way, they again had the majority of possession and at times were camped deep inside the Kidsgrove half of the pitch.
Colin Danielswas again on the mark, hitting a tenth minute opener after receiving the ball to feet inside the box from strike partner Achille Campion.
minute.thEx-Vale midfielder Ross Davidson almost levelled for the home side, forcing Sam Johnson to go full length to his left to make the save in the 16
side-footed home.Ryan McGivernBut two minutes later the Valiants got their second, when Chris Birchall crossed low into the box from the right and
Midway through the first half Kidsgrove’s Warren Holmes was forced off with an injury. He was helped off the pitch by team mate Chris Flynn, and sportingly, Vale skipper Carl Dickinson.
Daniels almost netted himself a second goal when his attempted lob bounced right in front of goal, then dropped just inches over the crossbar.
Vale almost gave a goal away when a wayward back-pass from McGivern almost caught out Sam Johnson, but the Vale ‘keeper managed to scramble back and knock the ball off his goal-line.
Rob Page made two changes at the start of the second half, putting on Ajay Leitch-Smith and Louis Dodds and resting Achille Campion and Colin Daniels.
Chris Birchall.Within seconds of the restart Vale added a third goal when Ryan Lloyd’s cross from the left was smashed home from close range by
staked his claim for a permanent deal with two confident strikes to add Vale’s third and fourth goals, and had it not been for Kidsgrove ‘keeper Ben Chapman he could easily have had a hat-trick.Leitch-SmithBut
minute the former Crewe man finished confidently after the ball was threaded through by Byron Moore, following a neat Vale build-up.rdIn the 73
minute his thunderous drive looked to be heading for the net, but Chapman saved brilliantly, pushing the ball over his crossbar.stIn the 81
slotted the ball under the advancing ‘keeper.Leitch-SmithBut he wasn’t to be denied a second goal, and two minutes later he again finished confidently. Sam Foley slipped the ball into his path, Chapman was quick off his line, but