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Match Report | Port Vale 1-2 Shrewsbury

9 March 2024

Club News

Match Report | Port Vale 1-2 Shrewsbury

9 March 2024

Goals from Dan Udoh and Tom Bloxham saw Shrewsbury secure a crucial 2-1 win at Port Vale.

In front of 1,140 travelling Salopians Udoh opened the scoring early in the first half with a smart volley from close range.

Bloxham then doubled our advantage shortly after the re-start when he fired in following a corner.

Vale pulled one back through Bailee Dipepa with 20 minutes to go. But from that point, Town did enough to restrict the hosts to very little.

And we almost grabbed a third when Jordan Shipley fired wide after being slipped in by Udoh.

Team news:

Hurst opted to make two changes from the team that took on Blackpool last weekend - with the boss reverting back to his favoured 4-2-3-1 system.

In goal, Marko Marosi was fit enough to return to the starting XI while Tom Bayliss also earned a recall at the expense of Tunmise Sobowale.

It meant Morgan Feeney started at right back with Chey Dunkley and Jason Sraha at the heart of the defence with Mal Benning on the left.

In midfield, Carl Winchester was joined by Jack Hinchy with Bayliss slightly more advanced in the number 10 role.

Udoh was the central striker with Bloxham on the right flank and Shipley on the left.

Port Vale lined up in a 3-5-2 formation with Gavin Massey and James Wilson the front two.

Report:

It was Town who came flying out the blocks at Vale Park - with Udoh opening the scoring in the seventh minute.

Salop were a whisker away from breaking the deadlock 60 seconds earlier when Mal Benning did well to win the ball high before finding Udoh.

He then sent in a cross which Bayliss collected. From close-range, he looked destined to find the back of the net but his shot took a deflection to sail wide.

From the resultant corner, though, Benning cleverly found Udoh who smartly volleyed home at the back post.

That goal visibly deflated the hosts - with Town going on to create a couple of half-chances to double their lead.

First, Benning produced some lovely skill to nut-meg a defender before finding Shipley. He then sent in a dangerous cross that Bloxham couldn't quite turn on target.  

A dangerous corner was then met by Dunkley but Ripley was there to turn the ball behind.

As the clock ticked past the half-hour mark, though, Vale began to grow in stature.

A long ball over the top got Ben Garrity in behind the Town defence - with the midfielder then powering a strike wide.

The hosts then went even closer when, from a corner, Nathan Smith powered a header at goal only for Marosi to make an outstanding save from point-blank range to keep it out.

It was 10 minutes after the interval that Town doubled their lead.

After a corner was cleared, Winchester stabbed the ball back into the box. And that delivery fell kindly Bloxham who kept his composure to fire in from close range.

Vale had a glorious chance to pull a goal back in the 68th minute when James Wilson danced past a number of challenges.

But from close range, he then fired straight at Marosi who, once again, had positioned himself superbly.

Sixty seconds later, though, the hosts did have a goal back when a throw was flicked to the back post for substitute Baylee Dipepa to tap in.

Town hit back and came close to restoring their two-goal cushion when Udoh slipped in Shipley only for the winger to fire wide.

And while Vale pushed to find an equaliser from that point, Town did enough to restrict them to very little.

Teams:

Port Vale: Ripley, Jones, Sang, Smith, Garrity, Ojo, Grant (Mighten 57), Massey (Dipepa 66), Wier (Chislett 66), Debrah, Wilson.

Subs not used: Leutwiler, Iacovitti, Plant, Lowe.

Shrewsbury: Marosi, Feeney, Dunkley, Sraha, Benning, Winchester (Bennett, 90'), Hinchy (Perry 55), Bayliss, Bloxham (Sobowale 84'), Shipley, Udoh.

Subs not used: Burgoyne, O'Brien, Tulloch, Flanagan.

Attendance: 6,900 (1,140 away)

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