Luke Hannant

Match report: Port Vale 2-2 Stevenage

Match report: Port Vale 2-2 Stevenage

Substitute Donovan Wilson scored his first Vale goal and Luke Hannant scored his first-ever League goal as Vale came back to draw against Stevenage.

Manager Neil Aspin named the same starting eleven which drew at Barnet but in a torrid first-half, it was Stevenage who took the lead in blizzard conditions. Amos took advantage of hesitant defending to open the scoring on ten minutes.

The Valiants efforts were few and far between. Marcus Harness wasted a one-on-one while Vale’s best chance saw Harness, Hannant and Forrester miss chances in quick succession.

Neil Aspin made two changes at the break bringing off Joe Davis and Marcus Harness. but it was the visitors who got off to the better start as Kennedy took advantage of static defending to double their lead.

It looked all over until the Valiants staged an unlikely comeback to level matters.

Vale’s first goal came on 65 minutes from a smart finish from Wolves loanee Wilson, who had come on at the break, and twelve minutes later an excellent finish from Luke Hannant made it all-square.

The goals completely changed the home side’s performance as they pushed for a winning effort. It meant an exciting end to the game but neither side could force a winner as it ended all-square at a snowy Vale Park.

So Vale are still waiting for their first three points of 2018 but they will be encouraged by a much improved second-half display.

Vale: Boot, Davis (Gibbons), Raglan, Smith, Montano, Worrall, Pugh, Tonge, Hannant, Harness (Wilson), Forrester

Subs: Hornby, Howe, Barnett, Whitfield, Howkins

Attendance: 3,462 (104 away)

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