Port Vale failed to score for the fourth game in a row as their fight against relegation took another blow after a defeat at Oxford United on Easter Monday.
Michael Brown made three changes bringing in Remie Streete, Scott Tanser and Billy Reeves and Vale enjoyed a strong start until an error by Vale keeper Deniz Mehmet on fifteen minutes handed the home side the lead.
The goal appeared to knock the stuffing out of Vale and Mehmet redeemed himself somewhat with a couple of good saves. However, Brown made a change at half-time bringing on Dan Turner to replace JJ Hooper.
Vale started the second period well and Turner thought he had scored his first senior goal on the hour mark only for it to be deemed offside. The home side then rubbed salt in Vale’s wounds when substitute Hemmings scored from a breakaway as Vale pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages.
The second goal meant it was game over for the Valiants and with just three games remaining, Vale’s future in League One looks increasingly uncertain. If they are to survive they desperately need to find the back of the net and soon.