Vale's young guns on trail of cup glory
VALE'S youth team are looking forward to a trip to Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.
Mick Ede's young side came from a goal down to clinch a 2-1 victory at Bury in midweek, thanks to goals from Nathan Smith and Luke Beesley, and will now travel to Selhurst Park on a date to be arranged.
Vale started brightly and Beesley had an early shot saved, while keeper Ryan Boot made an important stop soon after.
Tom Morris was just wide with a 20-yarder and Josh Croft also went close, but it was Bury who took the lead soon after the break with a shot from Regan Walker.
Vale, though, bounced back in style with two goals in six minutes.
Will Whieldon's free-kick from the edge of the area hit the inside of a post and Smith was on hand to turn home the rebound.
Beesley then raced clear and produced a strong finish into the corner of the net after 57 minutes.
Beesley had another shot beaten away and Ollie Marland fired just wide as Vale made sure of deserved progress.
Port Vale: Boot, Evans, Morris, Whieldon, Price, Smith, Croft (Osbourne, 90), Pryor, Marland, Beesley, Lander (M Davies, 86). Subs not used: Hemmings, Warner, Wright.