Tyler Walker scored on his debut as Vale were held to a 2-2 draw by Bury on Friday night.
Manager Michael Brown gave debuts to three players including Walker, Callum Guy and goalkeeper Ryan Boot.
The lively Walker got Vale off to the perfect start when he strode through the defence to open the scoring but Vale were grateful to a brilliant Nathan Smith goalline clearance after a Ryan Boot mistake.
However, Bury equalised on forty minutes when the in-form James Vaughan took advantage of some poor defending. However, Vaughan’s celebrations right in front of Vale’s Lorne Street didn’t go down well.
The Valiants then went ahead just before the break when they were awarded a penalty with Ryan Taylor making no mistake from the spot. However, Bury equalised ten minutes into the second period when Vaughan again scored. It prompted a spell of intense Bury pressure which Vale did well to survive.
Despite that pressure Vale did have one outstanding chance for sub Anton Forrester only for the Bury goalkeeper to pull off a good save.
The positives for Vale were the performances of the lively Walker and especially Callum Guy who was deservedly named man of the match for a composed performance. His head-up passing ability was a class above some on the pitch. Nathan Smith also impressed and kept Tom Pope shackled and Jerome Thomas was again a class act.