Vale loanwatch: “Excellent” Smith impresses again

Port Vale central defender Nathan Smith continues to impress the Torquay United supporters during his loan spell.

Youngster Smith has been loaned to the National League side and after an impressive debut, he was praised for another good performance against Woking.

Posters on the forum commented that  “Smith had an excellent game, covering across and cutting out danger time and time again” and “Agree Smith MOTM. Tidy defender.”

However, the chief talking point of the game wasn’t Smith but rather some over zealous officials. Torquay’s electronic board showed the wrong number for a sub and the officious ref wouldn’t allow Torquay to change it. Here’s manager Paul Cox on the incident – “The fourth official told us the paperwork said 17 – but it said 7. All the referee needed to do was show common sense, which is sometimes hard for them, but the whole thing erupted.” Cox was harshly sent to the stands for complaining about the decision. Local newspaper the Torquay Herald called the decision “an absolute disgrace from a very poor referee.”

Meanwhile, left-back Aziz Deen-Conteh played the whole 90 minutes as Boston United defeated Brackley Town 3-1 in the National League North. Deen-Conteh is on a month’s loan to United.

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