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28 September 2016

A goal in each half for Port Vale gave them a 2-1 victory over Burton Albion, despite Callum Reilly adding a goal for the Brewers in the first half.

Vale's lineup was just as strong as Burton Albion's in the Central Reserve Divison North at Vale Park and despite both teams having an early share of the ball it was the home side that had the first real opportunity as Kiko whipped the ball in from the left to pick out the onrushing Cicilia but his touch didn't have enough on it to guide it past Campbell in the Albion goal.

Marcus Harness, who played 45 minutes against QPR last night, nearly had the Brewers in front as he got his head on Ryan Delaney's cross form the left which seemed to be heading goal bound only to be deflected wide.

The Brewers continued to apply the pressure early on as Beavon played the ball through to Sbarra but his effort was well blocked by the goalkeeper and the ball went behind for a corner.

GOAL: Against the run of play it was Port Vale who took the lead. Quentin Pereira was played through on goal before rounding Harry Campbell and slotting into an empty net to take the lead (1-0).

The Brewers responded and went straight down the other end, but the home side did everything to keep the ball out of the net. Stuart Beavon won a tackle and dispossessed the defender but his shot was blocked before it turned into a game of pinball in which the home team came out on top.

More pressure was applied on the Vale defence as great link up play between the forwards gifted Ryan Delaney the opportunity to let a shot off inside the box but he dragged his shot just wide of the left-hand post.

How the Brewers hadn't scored three or four before half time was beyond everybody as Burton went close again. Tom Flanagan saw his header cleared off the line following Marcus Harness' cross before Shaun Barker followed it up with a shot which was blocked.

GOAL: The pressure finally paid off as Tom Flanagan broke forward with the ball and drove all the way into the box before passing it side ways for Callum Reilly who tapped home neatly with a first time finish past Santos (1-1).

Half time: Port Vale 1-1 Burton Albion

Shaun Barker got through 45 minutes as he was replaced by Cameron Shaw at the break.

GOAL: Six minutes into the second half Port Vale took the lead for the second time in the game. Omar Haughton delivered a low cross form the left which seemed to take a touch off Gezim Shalaj beofe being touched home by Cicilia to take it past the reach of Harry Campbell (2-1).

Again the Brewers applied pressure having gone a goal behind, this time it was Cameron Shaw who delivered the ball in from the right but Stuart Beavon couldn't guide the ball on target and his header went wide.

Dylan Garnett replaced Marcus Harness on the hour mark.

Ben Fox was the next player to be replaced, but through injury as he hobbled off holding his hamstring, he was replaced by Jack Hallahan.

Callum Reilly had a quiet game in the middle of midfield but he nearly popped up with a stunning equaliser as he curled a left-footed effort towards goal from the edge of the box but it just whistled wide of the post.

The Brewers didn't look like scoring in the second half and the closest they came was when Callum Reilly whipped in a free kick from the right which caused unease in the Vale box but they managed to edge it out of the way of danger.

Full time: Port Vale 2-1 Burton Albion

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