Tom Conlon wonder-goal helps Vale on their way to a 3-0 victory over Yeovil Town at Vale Park.
Vale earned their second win on the bounce on Tuesday night as John Askey’s side put on an impressive display to earn all three points against the Glovers.
Manny Oyeleke struck first for the Valiants as his powerful header proved too much for Nathan Baxter, before Tom Conlon smashed home an outstanding half-volley in the second half to well and truly put the game beyond the travelling Yeovil. Cristian Montano’s tap in inside the final ten minutes capped off a brilliant performance for the Vale.
Askey named an unchanged team from the side that beat Mansfield Town last Saturday as Ricky Miller, who scored a brace against the Stags, retained his place leading the line for the Valiants.
Vale started the brighter of the two sides as they threatened the Yeovil goal from the off. Oyeleke saw a shot from inside the box blocked before Miller almost added his third in two games, though he couldn’t quite get on the end of Luke Hannant’s drilled cross with 15 minutes played.
Spurred on by their positive start, Vale grabbed the lead with 26 minutes on the clock. Oyeleke rose highest from a floated David Worrall corner to header powerfully beyond Nathan Baxter and into the Glovers net.
Askey’s side relentlessly looked to add a second as the half ticked on. Mitch Clark continued to threaten down the Vale right-hand side and with acres of space inside the box, the full-back cut back for the on-rushing Miller, only for the ball to be intercepted inches from the in-form striker.
Despite all of their pressure in the first-half, Vale headed down the tunnel at half-time, just the one goal to the good.
More of the same as the second-half started – Mitch Clark again dangerous on the right-hand side. The full-back went down inside the box as the home crowd appealed for a penalty, only for Geoff Eltringham to harshly book Clark for simulation.
Tensions began to flare - epitomising the importance of the result - as a strong but fair Luke Joyce challenge angered Yeovil’s Alex Dobre.
Vale kept their cool and responded in spectacular fashion to double their lead in the now heated affair. Hannant’s smart flick found Tom Conlon on the edge of the box and the Vale midfielder absolutely smashed home a half-volley to send Vale Park into raptures; a definite goal of the season contender.
Askey’s side kept pushing following the second goal of the game and almost had three through Miller. The little forward wriggled his way free inside the opposition box and hit across goal, however Baxter got a strong hand to it to relieve the danger.
Just seconds after being introduced into the game, Cristian Montano put the game to bed as he directed home Vale’s third of the evening.
Worrall’s strong cross fell kindly to the Colombian midfielder, who couldn’t miss as he rattled home from six yards.
With two stellar performances under their belt, Vale now look ahead to Swindon Town this Saturday.
Port Vale: Brown, Joyce, Legge, Worrall, Oyeleke, Miller (Harris, 88), Hannant (Montano, 83), Crookes, Smith, Conlon (Kay, 89), Clark
Unused Subs: Gibbons, Hornby, Whitfield, Howkins
Yeovil Town: Baxter, Gafaiti, Sowunmi, Browne (D’Almeida, 39), Duffus (Seager, 73), Abrahams, Pattison, Grant, James, Dobre, Santos (Zoko, 46)
Unused Subs: Nelson, Mugabi, Worthington, Arnold