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14 November 2023

Match Reports


14 November 2023

ALBION failed to progress to the second round of this season’s Emirates FA Cup after a 2-0 defeat to Port Vale.

Despite a promising start, goals from Gavin Massey, on the half hour and substitute Lewis Cass, late on ensured that it was Vale who booked a date with Stevenage in round two.

As the sides met for the third time this season the Brewers side showed three changes in an attempt to progress. Jake Caprice returned at full back with Tom Hamer switching from right to left, as he did at Vale Park in the original game. Ciaran Gilligan returned in midfield in place of Mustapha Carayol whilst Cole Stockton got another start in place of Josh Walker forming a front two with Bez Lubala.

Albion made a busy start with Deji Oshilaja making an early interception high up the pitch to threaten the Vale box and win a corner. In the scramble that ensured from Powell’s delivery both Hamer and Caprice saw efforts blocked. And in the next attack it was Powell sending in a long-range effort that missed the target to the left of Connor Ripley’s post. Stockton also fired wide with a shot on the turn as Albion looked to capitalise on early pressure.

Lubala picked up a yellow card after a quarter of an hour sliding in to try and block Ripley’s clearance but catching the keeper in the process, the referee deeiming it one early foul too many.

Vale skipper Nathan Smith went close on 21 minutes with a first time shot that was deflected wide as Vale settled into the game more.

With Jasper Moon off being treated for a facial injury Vale almost profited with Rhys Walters forcing an excellent save from Max Crocombe with Uche Ikpeazu inexplicably firing the rebound wide.

But the visitors grabbed the initiative and first goal on the half hour mark. Crocombe made excellent saves to deny Ikpeazu and Tom Sang’s follow-up effort but could do nothing when MASSEY pounced from close range to fire home.

The visitors continued to look threatening, but Albion fashioned half a chance for Stockton as half time rapidly approached, Caprice racing down the right to deliver a cross that the striker could only steer over with his head. A difficult chance.

Vale squandered a chance to double their lead moments later, Ethan Chislett escaping towards goal but firing wide of the far post from a promising position.


Mason Bennett and Rekeem Harper came out for the second half replacing Lubala and Gilligan as Albion chased an equaliser.

Stockton thought he had got Albion back on level terms on 54 minutes, heading home Caprice’s cross but the assistant’s flag quickly curtailed the celebrations.

Albion began to look more threatening with the changes and Steve Seddon and Josh Walker were also added to the mix midway through the half.

Chislett clipped a dipping effort over the bar as Albion prepared to bring on Mustapha Carayol as Oshilaja passed the captain’s armband to Powell.

However, it was Vale still threatening and they grabbed a crucial second goal inside the last ten minutes with substitute CASS steering Tom Sang’s low cross inside the post.

ALBION: Crocombe; Caprice, Moon (Seddon, 66), Sweeney, Hamer; Powell, Oshilaja (Carayol, 77), Gilligan (Harper, 46), Helm (Walker, 66); Stockton, Lubala (Bennett, 46).

Substitutes: Blackman, Gordon, Kamwa, Tamen

GOALS: VALE – Massey (30), Cass (81)

Referee: Adam Herczeg

Attendance: 2,533

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