Aldershot 1, Port Vale 3
GOALS from Ben Williamson, Ryan Burge and a Jennison
Myrie-Williams penalty gave Port Vale a hard-earned sixth win on the road in appalling conditions at Aldershot.
Williamson netted his sixth of the season in the first half
and, though the home side levelled matters before the break, Burge hit his second
goal in as many games and Myrie-Williams applied the final flourish.
Boss Micky Adams named the same team which beat Bristol
Rovers 4-0 in midweek.
There was no place in the match-day squad for either reserve
goalkeeper Sam Johnson or midfielder Sam Morsy, who was available again after
suspension, though loan signing Liam Chilvers made an appearance on the bench.
Aldershot, with just one home league win to their name this
season, nevertheless started on the front foot without posing any serious
threat on goal.
But the visitors were forced to change things around after
just 13 minutes when centre-half Clayton McDonald was forced off with injury.
Chilvers was the man chosen to replace him.
In truth, there had been little action at either end until
Vale surged ahead after 17 minutes. Tom Pope's cute header freed strike partner
Williamson, who surged into the box on the left and slid a low shot across
advancing keeper Jamie Young and into the net off the far post.
The visitors surged forward again after 26 minutes. Ashley
Vincent skinned Ben Herd down the left and cut inside to feed Ryan Burge, whose
shot from the edge of the area was only just too high.
But Aldershot were level before the half-hour. Kieron
Cadogan's high, hanging cross from the right gave the Vale defence every chance
to win the header, but it was Shots striker Dani Lopez who got up highest to
direct a header across Chris Neal and into the far corner.
Pope's header from a Burge corner was blocked on the line by
diving keeper Young as the Valiants pressed once more before half-time.
Vale were back in front almost straight after half-time.
Richard Duffy's peach of a right-wing cross was met by a thumping far post
header from Pope. Young dived to his left to claw it out, but Burge was on hand
to ram home the rebound from close range.
John McCombe was booked for an ugly lunge at the other end
and the resulting free-kick, from 25 yards, was curled just wide by Shots'
The game looked up for the home side after 75 minutes when
Vale made it 3-1. Myrie-Williams surged into the area on the left and was sent
crashing to the ground by Troy Brown.
The winger picked himself up to dispatch the spot-kick in no
uncertain terms, but there was bad news for Vale when he was forced off with an
injury towards the end.
Aldershot: Young, Herd, Brown, Bradley, Tonkin, Cadogan
(Mekki, 77), A Morris (Payne, 82), Rose (Sinclair, 80), Vincenti, Hylton,
Lopez. Subs not used: Bergqvist, G Morris, Roberts, Hector.
Port Vale: Neal, Duffy, McCombe, McDonald (Chilvers, 13),
Yates, Myrie-Williams, Burge, James, Vincent, Williamson (Dodds, 77), Pope.
Subs not used: Taylor, Shuker, Davis, Lloyd, McAllister.
Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire)