Port Vale 1, Torquay United 1
PORT VALE 1
(Saah og, 69)
TORQUAY UNITED 1
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A Brian Saah second-half own goal gave dominant Port Vale a point at home to Torquay.
The Valiants controlled play in the opening period and seemed certain to open the scoring when Torquay keeper Michael Poke made a mess of a high ball in the 38th minute.
Poke flapped as the cross dipped just under his crossbar and pushed the ball out to Vale winger Ashley Vincent two yards out.
However, the stopper did well to keep out surprised Vincent's shot and it was from the resultant clearance that the visitors took the lead.
Rene Howe drew the defenders as he carried the ball from the half-way line, then slipped in Ian Morris to slide a shot past Chris Neal.
Vale continued to pour forward, sending cross after cross into their opponent's box and winning a total 15 corners.
And it was from a Vincent cross from deep that Micky Adams's side found a leveller in the 69th minute.
Saah ignored a call from Poke that he was in no danger and diverted the ball past the hapless keeper into the net.
The defender almost put Vale in front five minutes later when he sliced a clearance onto the inside of his own post.
Tom Pope hit the crossbar with seven minutes left on the clock as Vale went in search of a winner.
But veteran full-back Kevin Nicholson cleared off the line following a scramble at the death to leave the home side having to settle for a draw.
Vale now sit seventh in the early League Two table, four places ahead of Torquay, who reached the play-offs last time around.