It was a tale of two goalkeepers as Chris Neal unfortunately conceded a penalty and opposite number Ian Dunabvin put on an inspired display as the Valiants lost 0-2 to Accrington.
Micky Adams named the same side that defeated Barnet for Vale’s first away trip of the season.
In a scrappy opening period, the best chance came to Dodds who forced a fantastic save from keeper Dunbavin.
Vale continued to have the better chances and Myrie-Williams also went close with a shot. Nevertheless, Neal had to be alert to save a snapshot from Accrington on the half-hour mark.
Then Richard Duffy’s backpass to Neal fell short and the keeper had no choice to bring the Accrington player down and Padraig Amond duly converted the spot-kick. It was rough justice on Neal, who had impressed in the opening stages.
Vale moved Ashley Vincent upfront for the second period and he forced another save from Dunbavin. And from the resulting corner, Dunbavin saved well from McDonald.
Then Vale had a penalty appeal of their own turned down as they claimed a handball in the area.
Vale continued to press in the closing stages, but lacked a cutting edge. In the final period, a header from Sam Morsy and a great chance for sub Ben Williamson were both spurned as Vale failed to beat the unstoppable Dunbavin.
And Accrington duly sealed the victory with a late goal from James Gray confirming Vale’s first league defeat of the season.
Vale: Neal, Duffy (Yates), McCombe, McDonald, Loft, Myrie-Williams, Morsy, Shuker (Burge), Vincent (Williamson), Pope, Dodds
Subs: Johnson, Lloyd, Davis, Murphy