Port Vale 4 Glovers 1 - Report
October 11th 2014. 15:00
The Glovers were very much put to the sword on Saturday as Port Vale brushed us aside 4-1 at Vale Park.
It almost started so well for us too, Simon Gillett was fractionally off target with a drive from 20 yards with just minutes on the clock but that was just about as good as it got for us as we not only lost once again but for the first real time this season were soundly beaten.
When you've got a striker that's as prolific as Tom Pope you will always have a chance and he put Port Vale ahead when he put a header beyond Blackburn Rovers loanee goalkeeper Jake Kean before adding a second soon after to effectively end the contest.
Half time came at the right time for us but whatever Gary Johnson said at half time was quickly out of the window when Port Vale scored again.
Mark Marshall combined with Chris Lines calmly placing past Kean to definitely end the contest just a minute or two after half time.
An unlikely revival might have come had Kieffer Moore managed to convert his header, which went close, but Port Vale squandered several more chances to have really dished out a hammering if they had taken them.
Chris Neal was beaten by Aaron Martin's effort, to give the travelling fans something to cheer, but with just four minutes left this was too little too late for us.
Port Vale still had the final say in the dying moments when Colin Daniel ran clear to beat Kean again.
I knew this would be a difficult game, and Port Vale were improving under Rob Page, but I can't say that I expected this!