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Vale reserves lose unbeaten record

27 October 2015

Burton Albion inflict defeat on the Vale for the second time in three days


Port Vale 2 (1) v Burton Albion 3 (1)

Monday 26 October 2015



PORT VALE:Chris Neal, Adam Yates, Aziz Deen-Conteh, Ryan Lloyd, Mackenzie Faulkner, Billy Reeves, Omar Haughton, Michael Brown, JJ Hooper, Ajay Leitch Smith (Jonny Kapend 60), Sam Kelly.

SUBS NOT USED:Harry Pickering,Chekaine Steele, Taylor Attrell, Dan Turner.

:BURTON ALBIONAurélien Joachim (Jack Halaham 67), Sam Austin (Tom Hammerton 58).Dean Lynes, Brad Smith, Jack O’Brien, Tom Flanagan, Liam Slade, Anthony O’Connor (Lewis Troke 67), Zeli Ismail (Mirsa Sejdic 53), Mathew Palmer, Marcus Dinaga,

SUBS NOT USED:Charlie Hornby


10 yards out and he drove the ball crisply along the ground into the net. Vale almost extended their lead after Haughton was fouled out on the right; from the free kick another Kelly cross found Faulkner at the back post but his header was inches wide of the post. Faulkner was soon in action at the other end, but not to Vale’s benefit as he brought an attacker down allowing Ismail to smash the penalty home past the returning Neil who had little to do before this incident.LloydVale lost to Burton for the second time in 3 days as the Reserves lost their unbeaten start to the season on the main pitch at Vale Park in late autumn sunshine. The game had got off to a slow start until Vale took an early lead after 6 minutes as a Kelly cross fell to


Burton’s attacking attempts at this stage were balls over the top of Vale’s defence and they were repeatedly caught offside. Vale continued to provide the more constructive football with Leitch-Smith having a shot comfortably saved before swinging over a cross that just evaded Lloyd as he arrived at the back post. Burton then began to play a more expansive game and Ismail beat Deen-Conteh to unleash a fierce drive that brought an excellent one-handed save from Neil. Austin then had a shot saved by Neil and Joachim, a Luxembourg international, shot over from a corner and then saw a strong shot whistle just past the post as Burton finished the half on top.


Vale responded as a Yates cross was met solidly by Lloyd but the header went straight to Lynes and the Haughton saw a powerful 25 yard effort well saved by the ‘keeper. Burton started the second half on the front foot with Neal again being called into action in the first minute of the half, but this was a very temporary reprieve for Vale as in the following minute Palmer saw his shot pushed away by Neil but Joachim was on hand to tuck the ball away into an unguarded net to put the visitors ahead.


minute clash out on the right wing and had to be stretchered off to be replaced by Sejdic. From the resulting free kick the ball eventually reached the substitute and Sejdic’s first touch was to fire Burton further ahead via a deflection off Yates. Burton then had to make another substitution as Joachim was injured in a tussle for the ball with Faulkner. Vale almost got back in to the game on the hour mark as a good pass by Lloyd enabled Haughton to put a dipping cross into the middle of the penalty area and Brown’s volley flew off the top of the bar and out to safety. Leitch-Smith was replaced by Kapend and Kelly and Brown had shots that failed to trouble the ‘keeper.rdIsmail was hurt in a 53


   collected the ball a few yards outside the area; he turned quickly and then sent a curling shot into the far corner of the net with Lynes unable to get near the ball. Vale broke almost immediately from the restart and Hooper had a one on one with the ‘keeper with the ball breaking to Kapend but his return shot was well over the bar. Neal was still in action deep into added on time as he beat a long range shot away to safety as Burton deservedly held on to their lead.HooperNeil was then called into action again to keep Vale in the game and he was having a good return with a string of saves to his name. Vale then pulled a goal back with the goal of the game as


Lindon Roberts – Port Vale Volunteers Group


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