Jennison Myrie-Williams scored his eleventh goal of the season but Vale were still held at home by strugglers Aldershot in a scrappy game at Vale Park.
Micky Adams brought John McCombe into central defence to replace the injured Liam Chilvers but in a scrappy first-half, neither side came close to any decent chances until the 45th minute.
Up till that point, Vale’s main threat had been the dangerous Lee Hughes who had shown his class with some neat touches. But Vale were otherwise off the boil and poised little threat to Aldershot keeper Jamie Young.
But just as the interval loomed, a spell of Vale pressure saw the ball drop to Myrie-Williams who beat Young with a fine drive.
That goal failed to spur the Vale into action as the visitors came back into the match. And after Aldershot had failed to take advantage of two excellent chances to equalise, Paul McCallum finally levelled the scores on 74 minutes.
Vale huffed and puffed from then till the final whistle but without creating any real clearcut opportunities to re-take the lead. But the consolation for the Valiants is another point on the board as they look to secure promotion to League One.
Vale: Neal, Yates, Purse, McCombe (Davis), Jones, Myrie-Williams, Griffith, Birchall (Andrew), Loft, Hughes (Williamson), Pope
Subs: Johnson, Shuker, Dodds, Duffy