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Stevenage 2-0 Port Vale

Goals from Danny Newton and Jonathan Smith earned in-form Stevenage a deserved League Two victory over struggling Port Vale.

Boro striker Newton fired home his sixth of the season from an acute angle after 22 minutes following Ben Kennedy's surging forward run.

Matt Gooden had earlier wasted a golden opportunity for the hosts, shooting straight at Kelle Roos after capitalising on Tom Anderson's slip.

Boro, who rounded out September with three consecutive league wins, were only denied a second before the break when Roos parried Tom Pett's stinging 25-yard drive.

But seconds after the Vale goalkeeper almost fumbled Newton's low drive into his own net, Smith brilliantly curled into the top corner after 54 minutes to double the hosts' advantage.

Managerless Vale had started brightly as Tyrone Barnett's shot on the turn from distance forced Joe Fryer into a good save after six minutes.

Tom Pope's looping header was brilliantly cleared by Boro captain Ronnie Henry, on his 450th appearance for the hosts, five minutes before the break.

The experienced forward also headed wide from Tyler Denton's delivery approaching the hour.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Fryer
  • 25Henry
  • 5Franks
  • 20Vancooten
  • 3Martin
  • 10KennedySubstituted forConlonat 90+3'minutes
  • 2Smith
  • 17Gorman
  • 11Pett
  • 19NewtonSubstituted forWoottonat 60'minutes
  • 24GoddenSubstituted forGrayat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Wilkinson
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 9Wootton
  • 16Day
  • 18Conlon
  • 22Toner
  • 31Gray

Port Vale

  • 36Roos
  • 4AndersonBooked at 75mins
  • 6KaySubstituted forMyers-Harnessat 65'minutes
  • 24Smith
  • 2Wilson
  • 10Worrall
  • 32Tonge
  • 28de FreitasBooked at 76minsSubstituted forWhitfieldat 82'minutes
  • 3Denton
  • 9Pope
  • 14BarnettSubstituted forTurnerat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Davis
  • 7Myers-Harness
  • 12Hornby
  • 19Turner
  • 21Gibbons
  • 31Whitfield
  • 33Gunning
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
2,678

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 2, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Port Vale 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Tom Conlon replaces Ben Kennedy.

Attempt missed. Joe Martin (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jamie Gray replaces Matt Godden.

Foul by Marcus Myers-Harness (Port Vale).

Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Tom Pett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Terence Vancooten (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Whitfield replaces Anthony de Freitas.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jonathan Smith.

Kyle Wootton (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Port Vale).

Booking

Anthony de Freitas (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Anthony de Freitas (Port Vale).

Booking

Tom Anderson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Tom Anderson (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Marcus Myers-Harness (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Tom Anderson (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Fraser Franks (Stevenage).

Dan Turner (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Terence Vancooten (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Foul by Kyle Wootton (Stevenage).

Tyler Denton (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matt Godden (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Marcus Myers-Harness replaces Antony Kay.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Dan Turner replaces Tyrone Barnett.

Attempt blocked. Matt Godden (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Kyle Wootton replaces Danny Newton.

Attempt missed. Tom Pett (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Jonathan Smith (Stevenage).

Anthony de Freitas (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Smith (Stevenage).

Tyrone Barnett (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 2, Port Vale 0. Jonathan Smith (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Fraser Franks.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Notts County1181221111025
2Exeter118122012825
3Accrington117222113823
4Coventry11713146822
5Luton1163221101121
6Stevenage116321912721
7Wycombe116322217521
8Mansfield115421813519
9Swindon116141614219
10Newport115331512318
11Lincoln City114431312116
12Cambridge115151111016
13Cheltenham114251413114
14Carlisle114251516-114
15Grimsby114251418-414
16Colchester113351618-212
17Yeovil113351724-712
18Barnet113261516-111
19Crewe113261218-611
20Crawley113171114-310
21Morecambe112451016-610
22Port Vale11128817-95
23Chesterfield11128923-145
24Forest Green111281026-165
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