Port Vale went into the draw for the second round of the FA Cup after a narrow home victory over Stevenage.
Manager Bruno Ribeiro made two changes bringing in Kiko and Martin Paterson for Sam Hart and Rigino Cicilia.
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Vale had a decent start with Streete having a chance early on but it was generally a half of few clearcut chances and not much quality.
However, the Valiants did take the lead six minutes before half-time when defender Remie Streete headed home his fourth goal of the season from Jerome Thomas’ cross to allow the Vale to enter the break with a narrow lead.
The visitors had a good chance early in the second period as the Vale defence went AWOL but the opportunity was wasted. Stevenage were enjoying the majority of possession in the second period but like Vale were lacking a cutting edge.
The visitors also had a shout for a penalty which was turned down and had two opportunities in injury time – one which Jak Alnwick saved and another that hit the inside of the post. It was the narrowest of escapes for the Valiants.
However, despite that late drama, it was Vale who won out as they banked £18,000 for their first-round win and entered the second round draw.