Match Report from Tuesday's Staffs Senior Cup tie
Vale succumb to late goals to bow out
RoundstStaffs Senior Cup 1
Bilston Town Community 3 Port Vale 1
A young Vale side were knocked out of the competition at the first round stage after controlling most of the game and were leading with just 14 minutes to go.
In the first half Harry Benns had a shot tipped round the post by ‘keeper Jake Frankham and Mike Calverley had a header disallowed for offside as Vale pressed. Mike Conlon also had a clever chip shot palmed away by Frankham.
Five minutes into the second period Conlon headed a cross goalwards only for Frankham to tip the ball against the bar and it bounced down on the line before being cleared to safety. Bilston threatened when Dan Ewell sent a free header over the bar.
minute. Charlie Walford was impeded in the box and substitute Liam Mottram stroked home the resultant penalty. Four minutes later Bilston were level out of the blue. A free kick on the right was swung over to the far post where Lewis Archer drove the ball into the roof of the net. As the game appeared to be heading for penalties Bilston went in front when a quick burst of speed by Jayden McCalla caught the Vale defence napping and he slotted the ball under Dequan Cresswell.ndVale went in front in the 72
minute of injury time. A long ball down the middle found McCalla in space and he coolly lobbed Cresswell to clinch a second round trip to Newcastle TownthVale hit back but were caught by a breakaway goal in the 5
Bilston - Frankham, Evers, Barnett, R.Clarke, Perry, Davies, Breeze (Archer 46), Dean (Breeze 72), Elwell, McCalla, K.Clarke
Subs not used – Williams, Trow, Hemmings
Vale - Cresswell, Thomas, Walford, Calveley, Ryder, Dennis, Conlon, Steele (Grimshaw 65), Barton (Mottram 51), Daulby (Edwards 87), Benns
Subs not used – Slinn, Ward, Hill
Report: Phil Sherwin