Unbeaten Vale Utd Silence Neighbours

Vale United continued their 100% start to the season, with a comfortable victory over local irritants, Broadlands. Much was made in the buildup to the game of the recent rivalry between the 2 clubs, with Vale managing contain their emotions but Broadlands, as is often the case with a small club, had plenty to say for themselves. Internet message boards had been rife with rumours of a busload of Broadlands Ultras turning up, however, that failed to come to fruition and as the teams took to the pitch, there was just a smattering of away spectators amongst the home hoards.
The home team were forced to make a late change at centre back, veteran Steve Harris suffering a nasty challenge in an exhibition match for the Royal Navy, which could see the stopper ruled out for up to 6 weeks. Rhys Davies came in at centre back, whilst Matt Hobbs slotted into his customary midfield role, following his return from expanding his Go Active academy across the pond in Las Vegas. Also in from the start was Ryan Jenkins, at the expense his namesake, Nathan. It was the formers’s 1st start since returning from a trial with Ibiza FC, where he failed to earn a contract but has been invited back for a 2nd trial by manager, Richard Symonds.
The game itself started in somewhat tentative fashion, with both teams concerned about the impact of conceding an early goal, though it was Vale who were the slightly more adventurous. Indeed, it was they who went ahead on the half hour mark, Goliath centre back, Joe Williams, banishing last week’s memories of the numerous sitters he missed, bundling in from 6 yards to send the home crowd delirious.
The home team started to pile on the pressure but the visitors did look dangerous on the break, on the odd occasion they ventured out of their half. On one of these occasions, their angry number 9 ghosted past 3 Vale defenders, only to see his shot saved low down to his left hand side by Gerwyn Teague.
Minutes later, however, it was 1-1 – Vale once again on the rough end of a calamitous own goal. It was once again the angry number 9 who caused the problem, shimmying past the static Vale defenders, only to be thwarted by Teague’s fingertips. Teague only managed to divert the ball onto the underside of the crossbar and it crashed down onto the unlucky James Davies shin, with the ball creeping over the line to leave the score at 1-1 heading into half time.
Both teams remained unchanged at half time, though it wasn’t long before the home team shuffled their pack, club captain, Richard Evans, coming on for the jet lagged Hobbs, in an unfamiliar holding midfield role.
With the ageing away team beginning to be run ragged by the Vale front 3 of Tominey, Jenkins and Gregory, they soon reaped the reward for their industry, the in-form Tominey crashing the a shot in off the underside of the bar from an impossible angle, following some neat approach work from the new midfield trio of Hanson, Caseley and the recently introduced Evans.
It wasn’t long until Vale went 3-1 up and put the game beyond the visitors, Tominey bagging a much deserved 2nd. It couldn’t have been any different from his 1st, choosing to place the ball past the stranded ‘keeper after being sent through one on one and finishing with aplomb.
United were now within sight of the 3rd round and many teams would shut up shop to ensure their save passage through but Vale continued to hammer on the Broadlands door, only some sloppy finishing preventing them going further ahead.
Perhaps fittingly, though, it was Tominey who rounded off the scoring and completed his hat trick in the process, once again showing ice in his veins to round the hapless Broadlands ‘keeper after latching onto to a monster clearance from Teague. 4-1 looks a comfortable victory but it really should have been more, with the score flattering the travelling team rather than the hosts.