Port Vale 2-1 Fleetwood Town

Port Vale center-backs Nathan Smith and Connor Hall scoring the goals as Darrell Clarke’s newly-promoted side win at home to Scott Brown;s Fleetwood.

The visitors took a sixth-minute lead through Dan Batty’s goal but Vale hit twice in two minutes to condemn former Celtic skipper Brown to a losing start in management.

Fleetwood’s early breakthrough came after good work by Promise Omochere, who sent the ball across goal. Though Batty’s finish was scuffed into the turf, it had just enough power to find the back of the net.

Jamie Proctor went close to an equaliser, blazing an acrobatic volley narrowly wide, before Vale took control with two quickfire goals.

Hall showed quick feet to retrieve a half-cleared corner before finding Smith who turned in the Valiants’ leveller on the half hour.

Vale led two minutes later when Funso Ojo’s low ball from a short corner came to Hall and he finished neatly into the bottom corner.

With few goalmouth incidents after the break, Fleetwood defender Toto Nsiala came close to an own goal, his wayward back-pass evading goalkeeper Jay Lynch but rolling just past the foot of the post.

And, despite Fleetwood’s Ged Garner forcing a sharp reaction save from Aiden Stone, Vale saw out a comfortable opening-day victory.

Match report supplied by PA Media


Port Vale

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Stone
  • 2CassSubstituted forForresterat 80′minutes
  • 6SmithBooked at 70mins
  • 5Hall
  • 7Worrall
  • 20CharsleySubstituted forConlonat 90+6′minutes
  • 14OjoBooked at 45mins
  • 11BenningSubstituted forHusseyat 90+6′minutes
  • 8Garrity
  • 13Proctor
  • 28McDermottBooked at 43minsSubstituted forHoldenat 67′minutes


  • 3Jones
  • 4Walker
  • 10Conlon
  • 15thForrester
  • 16Hussey
  • 17Holden
  • 18Small


Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Lynch
  • 28Johnston
  • 22Nciala
  • 18HolgateSubstituted forEarlat 85′minutes
  • 3Andrew
  • 24Batty
  • 4Sarpong-WireduBooked at 52minsSubstituted forGarnerat 63′minutes
  • 8Vela
  • 11LaneSubstituted forHayesat 85′minutes
  • 20OmochereSubstituted forGarnerat 73′minutes
  • 7MorrisSubstituted forHarrisonat 63′minutes


  • 9Harrison
  • 14Garner
  • 19Garner
  • 21Hayes
  • 25Cairns
  • 30Baggley
  • 32Earl

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