Hopkin Adds Samba Flair To 5-1 Victory

Following Saturdays Clash with Penarth, Vale United go into November six points clear at the top of the table, and Still Unbeaten.

After last week’s Cup heroics, Vales starting Eleven saw just one change as Club Skipper and Penalty King Richard Evans replaced the injury riddled veteran Matt Hobbs in Midfield.

In Complete Contrast to the previous weeks Tense Start, Vale settled Well and before most spectators had taken their seats in the stand some Neat play from Ryan Jenkins played Jay Tominey in behind the Penarth Defence and he duly finished with aplomb.

Following Vales opener, the front three of Alex Gregory, Tominey and Ryan Jenkins continued to probe the Penarth Defence, and on the 30 minute Mark it Was Tominey yet again who found the Breakthrough. A Penarth Free Kick on the edge of the Vale box was defended well, and the ever tidy Phil Caseley was able to get his head up and play Tominey in behind the high Penarth Defence, who duly made it 2-0.

At this point it was all Vale United, With Dan Hanson breaking through on a number of occasions, only to see his efforts saved by the Penarth stopper. Vales Right back Thomas Hopkin decided to introduce some of his famous South American flair into the game, showcasing his ability to cross with the outside of his (Rhys Webb’s) boots, Much to the annoyance of Scotsman Tominey, who was not shy in making his feelings known.

As Half time approached, Ryan Jenkins was dragged down by the Penarth number four as he seemed likely to break through and score. A Direct free-Kick was awarded, and up stepped Alex Gregory for his first, and possibly last ever Direct free Kick for the club.

HT: 2-0

The second half saw Penarth come out of the blocks showing the urgency that they had lacked throughout the first Half, Whilst Vale seemed to lose concentration.

With Alex Gregory now relieved of free kick duties, it was Joe Williams turn to demonstrate his dead ball abilities. Sadly however he failed to seize his opportunity, and his scuffed effort saw Penarth able to break, and With Vale out of position Penarth clawed back a goal to make it 2-1.

At this Point, A nervous Vale management team could sense that Penarth were now well and truly back in the game, and for the first time since Kick off Penarth were in control. Vales Back five of Gerwyn Teague, South American Hopkin, Rhys Davies, Retired Dead Ball Specialist Joe Williams and Eventual Man of the Match James Davies were now subject to a Penarth onslaught, which they dealt with admirably.

Despite Penarth’s best endeavours, it was Vale who got the next goal as Hanson out muscled his counterpart and tee’d up Tominey for his Hat trick.

This goal seemed to suck the life out of Penarth, and Under pressure from Ryan Jenkins, the Penarth left back misplaced his pass, which saw Dan Hanson pounce and he duly dispatched the ball into the ‘tap bag’ (Scottish for “top Corner”).

Vale now proceeded to make a number of Changes with the returning Gareth Owen, Owyn Poole and Fashionably late Nathan Jenkins all entering the field.

And it Was Gareth Owen Who Completed the Scoring, meeting an Alex Gregory corner with the header it deserved as Vale completed a good day at the office with a 5-1 win.