REPORT: Newport v Vale
Anton Forrester struck his first league goal of the season ten minutes from time to earn Vale a point when they looked to be staring defeat in the face.
In a poor game for the neutral, Vale had gone behind nine minutes into the second half when Matt Dolan took advantage of a mix-up to fire home, giving the home side the lead.
Neil Aspin reverted to the starting eleven that earned a terrific win in the FA Cup seven days earlier, with Chris Regis being joined on the bench by Forrester.
The opening minutes of the game saw play switch from one end to the other, though neither ‘keeper had a save to make.
The home side were having slightly the better of play and looking the more likely of the two sides to find an opening.
On loan defender Tom Anderson was winning every ball in the air at the heart of the Vale defence, helping to keep the home side at bay, though in truth Newport were not looking too threatening.
Tom Pope, winner of the October League Two Player of the Month was being starved of any quality service, with Vale reverting to playing long balls up to the striker.
Tyler Denton came to Vale’s rescue in the 38th minute following the home side’s first corner of the match, when he cleared off the line with Ryan Boot beaten.
It had been a scrappy opening forty-five minutes when the two sides went in at the interval, but one thing will have pleased Neil Aspin and that was the clean sheet.
The Vale manager will np doubt have been keen to put things right all over the pitch, however, and perhaps contemplate making changes in the formation early in the second half.
Sure enough, on came striker Anton Forrester at the beginning of the second half, with Tyler Denton failing to emerge from the tunnel for the second half.
But it was the home side who struck first when they took the lead in the 54th minute following a mix-up in the Vale defence.
Matt Dolan took full advantage, rifling home with his left foot, firing into the bottom right hand corner to give the home side the lead.
Neil Aspin decided on a double substitution in the 73rd minute when Cristian Montano and Chris Regis came on for Danny Pugh and David Worrall.
Montano just failed to make contact with his first touch just moments later when had he connected he would have surely put his side level.
But in the 80th minute Vale were level when Anton Forrester received the ball from Tom Pope, steadied himself and drove home the equaliser.
Dave Johnson – 6TR
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