Strikers Louis Dodds and Tom Pope both scored twice as Micky Adam’s free-scoring Vale secured an astonishing 5-2 away win over Fleetwood Town.
Vale once again lined up unchanged and Vale had early efforts from Jennison Myrie-Williams that was saved by keeper Scott Davies and a header from Clayton McDonald that went wide.
But the Valiants did find the net on 28 minutes when Tom Pope scored from close on and the Vale doubled their lead five minutes later when Ashley Vincent netted. It was the third consecutive game in which the winger had scored.
Fleetwood pulled one back from Junior Brown’s header just before the interval but Vale still went into the break 2-1 ahead.
And Vale stretched their lead in the second period as once again Micky Adams’ side looked full of goals.
Pope bagged his eighth of a prolific spell with another close-range goal and with twenty minutes left fellow striker Louis Dodds got on the scoresheet.
Dodds then netted his second goal and fourth of the season to make it five to the free-scoring Valiants and although Steven Gillespie pulled one back from the spot after Clayton McDonald’s foul, it was merely a consolation for Micky Mellon’s side.
This was another hugely creditable win for Micky Adams’ side against a team tipped for promotion and which has spent heavily to try and do so.
It means Vale have now won five of their seven opening games, scoring an incredible twenty one goals in the process.
Pundits may say you need to have played ten games before you can really tell if a team is good enough for promotion, but on this form, it’s tempting to say that on the pitch at least, the good times could already be back…
Vale: Neal, Duffy, McCombe, McDonald, Loft, Myrie-Williams (Williamson), Morsy (Burge), Shuker, Vincent (Taylor), Dodds, Pope
Subs: Johnstone, Owen, Lloyd, Yates