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REPORT: Vale Reserves 6 Wrexham 0

25 January 2017

Anton Forrester grabs a hat-trick as Vale put six past Wrexham on Sam Foley's return to action



Port Vale:Harry Pickering, James Gibbons, Gezim Shalaj (Brian Barton 45), Paulo Tavares, Billy Reeves, Kiko (Charlie Walford 63), Chris Eagles (Luke Dennis 46), Nathan Ferguson, Quentin Pereira, Charlie Walford, Anton Forrester (Mike Conlon 59), Sam Foley (Mike Calverley 46).

 Ben Fraser, Luke Dennis, Mike Conlon, Mathew Ward, Anthony, Liam Mottram, Harry Benns.

Subs not used:.


WREXHAM:Owen Kirkham, Ryan Williams, Jamie McColl, Ben Barrett, Doug Tharme, Scott harrie, Tom Creamer, Leo Smith, Niall Freeman, Cameron McGreggor, Callum Powell.

SUB NOT USED: Dane Rigby


minute a speculative lob by Ferguson dropped on top of the bar but bounced to brush his defender off and advance towards goal before smashing the ball under the ‘keeper from 12 yards. In the 10ForresterSam Foley’s return was the main point of interest although Chris Eagles and Anton Forrester were also making another appearance to gain fitness. Wrexham fielded a very young team and there were only 4 minutes on the clock when Vale took the lead as Ferguson played a ball through to


   and driven across the ‘keeper and just inside the far post.Forrester minute Vale were 3-0 ahead as a Shalaj cross was controlled by th rose in the box to head down and past the dive of Kirkham. By the 25FoleyThe next opportunity for Vale arose 10 minutes as Forrester won the race to a through ball and pulled it back for Pereira to shoot but it was deflected into the side netting. From Pereira’s corner


, at the right post, lobbed the ball over the ‘keeper and some defenders and inside the far post.Eagles complete his hat trick as a deflected shot landed at his feet 5 yards out; although he was on his own a dfender a few yards away was playing him onside and he walked the ball around the ‘keeper and flicked it home. Vale made it 5 with seconds to go as ForresterVale finaaly came under pressure a couple of minutes later as a free kick was not cleared and a low cross from the left saw a Vale defender slice a clearance that went up in the air and fall towards the far post where it was finally scrambled away. On the half hour Tavares was booked for a foul out on the right hand side of the pitch. 3 minutes from the end of the half saw Vale extend their lead and


Vale made 3 substitutions at the start of the second period with Eagles, Shalaj and Foley being removed from the action. Vale should have extended their lead within 6 minutes of the restart as Kiko found Barton unmarked on the penalty spot, he turned towards goal but then sliced his shot way over the bar; soon after Barton brought a full length save from Kirkham at the expense of a corner. From the corner Ferguson cut in and his shot cum cross was pushed away from just under the bar.


minute a 25 yard shot was unable to be held by Kirkham and Barton following up almost forced it past him but the ‘keeper made the second and final substitution as Kiko went off. In the 66th who blasted home into the far corner giving the goalie no chance. Vale then substituted Forrester just before the hour mark and soon afterwards Vale made their 5Barton as a Forrester shot was blocked and fell to thWith 56 minutes on the clock Vale finally got their 6


       with a rasping drive from the right but Kirkham saved well. thWrexham almost scored with 20 minutes to as Harrie hit a 25 yard volley as the ball was cleared from a corner and it flew just wide of the post. Conlon nearly added a 7


Lindon Roberts – Port Vale Volunteers Group

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