Theo Robinson scored his first goal for the club and Sam Foley scored his second in two games as Port Vale beat Colchester United at Vale Park.
Manager Rob Page made two changes with Ryan Inniss and Theo Robinson coming in for Ryan McGivern and the injured AJ Leitch-Smith.
— Port Vale FC (@OfficialPVFC) March 5, 2016
The Valiants got off to the perfect start when Robinson broke clear of the defence and netted his first Vale goal with just nine minutes gone. Despite the goal, Colchester then had the majority of the play without really threatening the Vale goal before Anthony Grant went close for Vale with a drive.
However, it was the visitors who arguably had the better of the play in a half of few chances and little quality.
Vale started the second period brightly with Foley forcing the keeper to tip the ball onto the bar early on before the home side made a double change with Moore and Hooper replacing Kennedy and Robinson. Rob Page’s side really needed a second goal to settle themselves down but had a scare when Ryan Inniss was beaten by Porter who failed to trouble Neal.
It was Foley who looked to be the likeliest to score as he has another effort with fifteen minutes left but it didn’t trouble the keeper. Moments later, Hooper broke clear but his shot was weak. However, Vale finally doubled their lead when Sam Foley headed home a deserved second after good work from Moore. It was Foley’s second goal in two games.
Foley again went close in the closing stages but that was the end of the scoring as Vale notched up another clean sheet and maintained their excellent home record.
Vale: Neal, Purkiss, Dickinson, Duffy, Inniss, Kennedy (Moore), Grant, O’Connor, Foley, Dodds, Robinson (Hooper)
Subs: Boot, McGivern, Kelly, Brown, Birchall
Attendance: 4,116 (106 away)