Report from our first home pre-season friendly
Port Vale v Notts County
At Vale Park
July 2015stTuesday 21
Attendance: 768 including 74 visiting supporters
Vale came from behind to end Notts County’s run of four wins in four pre-season games to record their own fourth win in a row.
minute and four minutes later Byron Moore put Vale in the driving seat with Vale’s second.th minute lead but Carl Dickinson levelled the score in the 68thJohn Stead gave the visitors a 58
There was an early casualty after Vale ‘keeper Chris Neal went down awkwardly after collecting a cross and was clearly not going to get up in a hurry.
After receiving treatment, he was unable to continue and was helped off the pitch before being replaced by Sam Johnson.
Vale had the ball in the County net three times in the opening twenty minutes, but efforts by Uche Ikpeazu, Michael O’Connor and Enoch Andoh were all ruled out.
In between those disallowed goals came a decent save from Johnson. Blair Adams was allowed to run at the Vale defence before firing in a decent shot from twenty yards, but Johnson dived to his right to keep it out.
Tempers threatened to flare up at one point in the game but the referee dealt with it and managed to keep players apart before it became too serious.
As half time approached Michael O’Connor went close with a free kick which was heading for the top corner, but was held by Scott Loach in the Notts goal.
The Sam Johnson managed to touch over a 25 yard shot from Jimmy Spencer, which on another day could have easily ended up in the net.
Vale ought to have taken the lead within a minute of the re-start, when O’Connor threaded the ball through the heart of the visitors’ defence to send Byron Moore clear.
his chipped effort from 15 yards failed to hit the target. The winger looked odds on to score, but he let Notts off the hook when
GOAL: gratefully swept the ball home.John SteadOn 58 minutes the visitors took the lead when the ball was crossed hard and low from the right and
Rob made a double substitution on the hour, replacing Uche Ikpeazu and Enoch Andoh with Louis Dodds and Ajay Leitch-Smith.
GOAL: on the 6 yard line. The Vale skipper headed back across goal and into the top corner.CARL DICKINSON minute when Michael O’Connor’s flag kick from the left found thVale levelled in the 68
GOAL: was on hand to finish.BYRON MOORE for Dodds to chip – The ‘keeper made the save but could not hold on to the ball and Four minutes later Moore and Leitch-Smith combined
minute when Chris Birchall came off the bench, with Byron Moore making way and a minute later Anthony Grant went off and after about a minute of playing with ten men, was replaced by Michael Brown.stVale made a further substitution in the 81
PORT VALE: Sam Johnson, Adam Yates, Ryan McGivern, Chris Birchall, Michael Brown, Sam Foley, Colin Daniel, Ajay Leitch-Smith, Achille Campion.SUBS:Chris Neal, Ben Purkiss, Carl Dickinson, Remi Streete, Richard Duffy, Byron Moore, Anthony Grant, Michael O’Connor, Uche Ikpeazu, Enoch Andoh, Ryan Lloyd.
NOTTS COUNTY: Wes Atkinson, Adam Campbell, Liam Noble, Haydn Hollis, Filip Valencic, Kyle De Silva, Rhys Sharpe, Lartey Sarpong, Simon Dia, Justin Hoyte, Kieffer Moore, Jordan Richards, Mike Edwards.SUBS:Scott Loach, Mawoura Amevor, Blair Adams, Julian Jenner, Scott Benner, Stanley Aborah, Alan Smith, Gill Swerts, John Stead, Jimmy Spencer, Genaro Snuders.