A mixture of youth teamers, trialists and Port Vale first-team squad members lost 2-0 at Stafford Rangers on Friday night.
Top image: new signing Jamie Proctor with thanks to Roy Thompson
The Valiants included Aidan Stone, Aaron Martin, Ben Garrity and new signing Jamie Proctor in their starting eleven as well as two trialists.
However, after what appeared to be a serious injury to Rangers’ unfortunate Ben Forrest, which resulted in a lengthy delay, the home side went ahead through a penalty. Vale relied on some good saves from new keeper Aidan Stone to keep the score to 1-0 at the break.
Vale made mass changes on 57 minutes and with the Valiants’ side now featuring ten under-18 year-old players, the home side doubled their lead on the hour mark. Former Valiant Jonathan Kapend thought he’d made it three only to be flagged offside and there was even time for Rangers to miss a late penalty.
Vale players warming up at Stafford – courtesy Roy Thompson
Port Vale first-half: Aidan Stone, Ammar Dyer, Ellis Jones, Michael Lennon, Aaron Martin, John Clarke, Trialist, Trialist, Ben Garrity, Jamie Proctor, Eden Bailey
Port Vale second-half: Aidan Stone (Joe Collinge), Taz Chibaya, Festus Chale, Ben Sangre, Abdi Osman, Dayo Illori, John Clarke (Cealeny), Tommy McDermott, Kamani McFarlane, Eden Bailey, Henry Okenla