Captain Marc Richards missed a late penalty as Vale suffered a home defeat thanks to Michael Spillane’s second-half srike for visitors Dagenham.
Micky Adams made three changes from the side that took part in the abandoned fixture at Shrewsbury. Doug Loft, Sean Rigg and Ben Williamson came in to replace Kingsley James, Phil Roe and Tom Pope.
In a lively opening, Vale created a number of chances to test Daggers keeper Lewington, but after that lively ten minute period, the rest of the first-half was a largely dull affair.
But the best chance of the half fell to the man OVF identified in our match preview as the chief threat – Medy Elito – whose shot rattled both posts without crossing the line.
It took the visitors twenty minutes into the second-half to take the lead as Spillane fired home from within the box.
Vale rallied with Clayton McDonald firing over and then the Valiants were awarded a weak penalty after Tom Pope was apparently brought down in the box. Captain Marc Richards stepped up to take the spot-kick but it was saved by Lewington as was Pope’s follow-up.
Anthony Griffith was named as the sponsors’ man of the match, but his performance aside, it was otherwise a disappointing performance from the Vale team.
Vale: Tomlinson, Yates, McCombe, McDonald, Loft, Rigg, Griffith, Morsy (Marshall), Dodds (Roe), Williamson (Pope), Richards
Subs: Martin, James