Tom Pope

Match report: Accrington 3-2 Port Vale

Match report: Accrington 3-2 Port Vale

Port Vale threw away a two goal half-time lead as Accrington came back to win 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Neil Aspin handed a first start to recent signing Luke Hannant while David Worrall was also given a start. It was Worrall who helped give Vale a great start when good interplay set him free. His driven cross was met by Tom Pope who climbed high to open the scoring after just three minutes.

The home side pressed for the majority of the first-half with Vale pressing well and looking dangerous on the break. They doubled their lead just before the break when Hannant was fouled and Tonge’s free-kick went through the wall and into the net.

However, just minutes into the second-half, the home side got back into when Billy Kee set up Shaun McConville to score. And just two minutes later, Billy Kee appeared to handle as he forced the ball home but the goal stood much to Vale’s annoyance.

The Valiants regrouped and Ben Whitfield went close with an effort and on 66 minutes Vale almost retook the lead but Chapman made a great save from Tom Anderson.

However, it was the home side who continued to take their chances and on 72 minutes Kee set up McConville who gave Ryan Boot no chance as he put the home side into the lead.

It had very much been a game of two halves with Accrington much the dominant side after the break and it means that Vale’s poor recent run stretches to four games without a win.

Vale: Boot, Gibbons, Smith, Anderson (Harness), Pugh, Worrall, Kay, Tonge, Hannant (Montano), Whitfield (Wilson), Pope

Subs: Lainton, Davis, Jules, Barnett

Attendance: 1,743 (526 away)

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