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Match Report: 24 Nov 2012 Aldershot Town Football Club v Port Vale
Aldershot Town Football Club's Badge Aldershot Town Football Club 1
Portvale's Badge Port Vale 3
Fixture Type: npower League Two Venue: Home
Match Date: Sat 24 Nov 2012, Kick Off: 15:00 Attendance: 1992 (234)
Referee: Mick Russell Assistant Referee: Carl Brook
Assistant Referee: Stephen Rubery 4th Official: Ian Cooper

Aldershot Town 1 v 3 Port Vale

Jamie Hopkins reporting from the EBB Stadium.

Fresh from their 1-0 mid-week victory over Burton Albion, Aldershot Town boss Dean Holdsworth named an unchanged side as the Shots entertained second place Port Vale at the EBB Stadium.
The visitors were also unchanged from the side that comfortably beat Bristol Rovers 4-0 on Tuesday night.
With both sides sharing the possession early on, it was the Shots who looked the more dangerous going forward as both teams looked to settle into the wet conditions.
Vale were forced into their first change of the match after 10 minutes with Clayton McDonald hobbling off injured and replaced by Liam Chilvers.
The first attempt on target was for the home side as Kieron Cadogan’s whipped cross met the head of Daniel Lopez but his attempt was easily saved by Vale keeper Chris Neal.
But it was the visitors who opened the scoring against the run of play as a smart ball through reached Vale striker Ben Williamson, whose low shot hit the inside of the post and into the back of the net.
And not too soon after, Vale nearly doubled their lead as excellent play on the wing by Ashley Vincent helped tee up midfielder Ryan Burge but his shot just inside the area flew narrowly over the bar.
But just as it seemed the opening goal had taken the steam out of the Shots’ play, the home side equalised.
Another dangerous cross from Cadogan reached Lopez who expertly headed into the bottom corner to level the scores at 1-1 and take the on-loan striker’s goal tally to three in as many games.
Referee Mick Russell turned down the Shots faithful’s appeal for a red card on the 30 minute mark, after a coming together between Danny Hylton and Vale Keeper Neal which left the home striker flattened on the surface.
Despite the Shots looking on top, it was the visitors who went closest to regaining the lead as a dangerous corner met the head of in-form striker Tom Pope, but it was well saved by Young.
It was a tame end to a heated first half at the EBB Stadium, with the Shots looking the better of the two sides with the scores level at 1-1.

Half-time: Aldershot Town 1 – 1 Port Vale

It took the visitors just two minutes of the second half to regain the lead after Shots' keeper Young excellently saved a close header from Pope but midfielder Ryan Burge was there to slot home the rebound.
Danny Rose came close to levelling the match for the Shots soon after, but his free kick just outside the box flew inches past the right-hand post after good work from Aaron Morris to earn the foul.
Vale’s bright start to the second half didn't look to be fading as Williamson held the ball up well for Vincent but his 20-yard shot failed to test Shots keeper Young.
Cadogan’s deliveries into the box continued to cause the Vale defence problems, and this time Hylton got on the end of one, but his header went harmlessly wide as the home side searched for an equaliser.
With Vale on the counter attack, Troy Brown brought down Jennison Myrie Williams in the area and referee Russell deemed the centre back to have not won the ball and a penalty was given to the visitors, much to the dismay of the Shots supporters.
Myrie Williams coolly slotted home the resulting spot-kick to give Vale a 3-1 lead.
Looking to salvage an unlikely point, Shots boss Holdsworth brought on Adam Mekki and Rob Sinclair with Cadogan and Rose departing.
Despite the influx of fresh legs, the Shots continued to struggle to create any real opportunities to get themselves back into the game.
It really was the last throw of the dice for Holdsworth with seven minutes to go as Josh Payne was introduced into the action replacing Morris.
But it was substitute Mekki who looked most likey to create something for the Shots, as the Winger looked dangerous without being able to really test Vale keeper Neal.
With the rain beating down at a rate, the home side looked to have ran out of ideas as the final whistle blew to leave the Shots still searching for their second home league win of the season.

Aldershot Town: Young; Herd, Brown, Morris (Payne 83), Tonkin, Cadogan (Mekki 80), Bradley, Rose (Sinclair 81), Vincenti, Hylton, Lopez.
Subs not used: Bergqvist, Morris, Roberts, Hector.

Port Vale: Neal; Yates, McCombe, McDonald, Duffy; Myrie-Williams, James, Burge, Vincent; Pope, Williamson
Subs: Taylor, Dodds, Shuker, Davis, McCallister, Lloyd, Chilvers.

Attendance: 1,992