Jack Stobbs and Dan Turner pressed their claims for a first-team place while Neil Aspin gave a strong hint that Ryan Boot will play against Oxford on Friday.
Boot was left out of the reserves as loanee Dimitar Evtimov (who endured a torrid debut against Swindon Town on Saturday) played instead.
Vale ran out 3-1 winners thanks to a brace from Dan Turner plus another from Stobbs. On loan winger Stobbs also had a hand in both of Turner’s goals.
Full-back Lawrie Wilson also marked his return from injury by playing the second-half.
Vale: Evitmov, Yates, Walford, Calveley, Reeves (Wilson 46), Dennis, Stobbs, Middleton, Forrester (Johnson 80), Turner, Defreitas
Subs: Blight, Beeston, Wakefield
Goalscorers: Stobbs (23), Turner (75, 80)