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Last Time We Met: Lincoln City

12 October 2018

Port Vale welcome league leaders Lincoln City to Vale Park this weekend, but what happened last time the two sides met?

The last time these two sides met in the league was back in April of this year, when the Imps came to Vale Park chasing promotion and Neil Aspin's Vale looked to avoid relegation. A win for the Valiants would all but secure safety.

Vale signified their intent from the get-go dominating the opening stages of the game in terms of chances and possession. Tom Pope, Luke Hannant and Anton Forrester all came close within the first 20 minutes though to no avail.

It was Lincoln who would threaten the scoreline next as Elliot Whitehouse struck a volley just wide of the Port Vale goal, though neither side managed to find the net in the first-period leaving the scoreline level at the break.

It was a slow opening to the second-half, however on 63 minutes, Vale broke the deadlock. A whipped David Worrall cross found the head of Antony Kay as the Vale midfielder rose highest to glance the ball into the far post, beyond Ryan Allsop.

All the momenetum continued with Aspin's side following the opener as Ben Whitfield almost had Vale two goals to the good just minutes later, though his long range shot just scraped the outside of the Imps goal-frame.

With just 10 minutes to play, a magnificent Sam Hornby save ensured all three points remained in Burslem as the Vale stopper acrobatically flicked over a Matt Green shot from 25 yards to see out the victory.

The win lifted Vale to 19th place in Sky Bet League Two, nine points from safety, as Lincoln dropped out of the promotion places on goal difference.

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