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Salford City FC
12
Kyle Letheren
2
Scott Wiseman
3
Ibou Touray
7
Luke Armstrong
1 goals for Luke Armstrong
9
Adam Rooney (c)

Dieseruvwe 75'

10
Danny Lloyd
13
Sam Hughes
15
Cameron Burgess
1 goals for Cameron Burgess
16
Jack Baldwin
18
Danny Whitehead
32
Jake Jervis
1 goals for Jake Jervis

Pond 86'

Port Vale
1
Scott Brown
2
James Gibbons
4
Luke Joyce (c)
10
Tom Conlon
11
Cristian Montano
12
Will Atkinson
13
Mark Cullen
15
Nathan Smith
15
Rhys Browne

Archer 66'

21
Richie Bennett

Lloyd 87'

28
Shaun Brisley
Substitutes
1
Chris Neal
4
Oscar Threlkeld
20
Mani Dieseruvwe
23
Nathan Pond
28
Brandon Thomas-Asante
34
Alex Doyle
46
Luke Burgess
Substitutes
30
Jonny Maddison
5
Leon Legge
18
Callum Evans
20
Scott Burgess
22
Ryan Lloyd
25
Dan Trickett-Smith
29
Jordan Archer
Managers
Manager - Graham Alexander
Managers
Manager - John Askey
Match Officals
Referee - Christopher Sarginson
Assistant Referee - Richard Wigglesworth
Assistant Referee - Ian Smedley
Fourth Official - Conor Brown

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Salford City’s developing love affair with the EFL Trophy continued this evening as fellow League Two outfit Port Vale were beaten 3-0 at the Peninsula Stadium. Cameron Burgess put the Ammies ahead before half-time and despite Vale going close after the interval late goals from Luke Armstrong and Jake Jervis settled the tie. Graham Alexander’s men now find themselves in Thursday’s quarter-final draw (live on Talksport from 12:30pm) and are two wins away from a trip to the nation’s capital on 5th April.

There were line-up changes for this one, starting between the sticks where Kyle Letheren stepped in for Chris Neal. Scott Wiseman made his first start since 19th November and Sam Hughes replaced Liam Hogan in the centre of defence. Danny Lloyd and Jack Baldwin were handed rare starts in the midfield four and upfront Adam Rooney was in for Brandon Asante.

The first half of this Third Round tie would turn out to be relatively quiet, despite a lively opening 5 minutes or so. After Lloyd skied a shot from distance, the first opportunity of real note went the way of the Valiants, 5 minutes in, after Tom Conlon did well to get to the line on the left. The low cross in spun off the boot of Salford’s Burgess at the near post, with Mark Cullen trying an acrobatic effort as it dropped. Letheren was untroubled as that one flew high over his crossbar and The Ammies were soon launching their own attack.

In the 7th minute Wiseman’s galloping run on the right was followed by a decent cross, although from 7 yards out the under-pressure Rooney could only plant a header at Scott Brown in the Vale goal.

After that the game would settle down into a pattern of not a lot coming off, despite no shortage of effort and good intention. Defences were on top at this point and would remain so for quite a while.

The game started to open up again around the half-hour and The Ammies produced a good move that could have seen them take the lead. Baldwin’s excellent diagonal ball dropped into space for Wiseman to chase and the full-back delivered another good cross that dropped inches over Armstrong’s head. The clearance wasn’t convincing, falling for Jake Jervis on the edge of the box only for him to slice high and wide of the target.

Better from Salford but a game that hadn’t really promised a goal managed to produce one 10 minutes before half-time. Good work from Lloyd earned the home side a corner on their left. Danny Whitehead nudged it short to Ibou Touray whose cross dropped just over Armstrong at the near post. Vale’s defence was guilty of ball-watching as BURGESS was left unattended to prod home from the edge of the 6-yard box.

The Ammies looked to add to their advantage and in the 41st minute a Touray free-kick from a deep position on the left fell for Rooney. Salford’s top-scorer turned well but his effort on goal was deflected wide of the keeper’s left-hand post for a corner. This time Touray took it very short to Whitehead and his delivery was inches away from finding Baldwin’s head in front of goal.

HALF-TIME: SALFORD CITY 1 PORT VALE 0

Satisfactory for Salford at the break, but they would have some defending to do after the restart as the Valiants applied some pressure. Just a few minutes into the second half Will Atkinson’s run into the box was followed by a turn and nudged pass back to Richie Bennett. From the edge of the area and just inside from the angle the Vale striker hit a tremendous effort with outside of his left foot and was very unlucky to see the ball come off the bar.

The Ammies found their second-half feet and on 55 minutes Whitehead fired high over the bar following a corner that left Jervis ground inside the area, apparently due to a high boot. There were muted appeals for a penalty, but the referee allowed play to continue with a goal kick.

Salford continued to press and Baldwin’s pass out to the right found Jervis in space. The low cross aimed at the near post was a shade behind Armstrong whose flicked attempt rose high before dropping over the bar.

Conlon tried to catch home keeper Letheren out after that, hitting an effort from 40 yards plus that dropped well outside the keeper’s left-hand upright. At the other end Lloyd whipped across towards the far post from the left but Jervis couldn’t quite get his head to it.

Half-chances so far, apart from Bennett’s strike, and Vale manager John Askey introduced Jordan Archer for Rhys Browne with 25 minutes to play.

The change ushered in a good spell for the Valiants and Conlon’s free-kick came off a head inside the area, only to be collected at the second attempt by Letheren. Second later a darting run from James Gibbons on the right saw him play a neat one-two with Archer, flick the ball over Burgess and then head for the line. The clever low cross that followed dropped to the edge of the 6-yard box but to the disappointment of the Valiants gathered behind the goal, the centrally positioned Cullen could only nod an effort wide of the far post.

A great chance for Vale to get back on level terms and there would be a couple more to come. Cullen touched down a ball to the edge of the box for Atkinson to hit a low drive that wasn’t far wide of Letheren’s left-hand post. With 17 minutes left Cullen did well to beat a man on the left before playing a dangerous delivery to the far post. Touray was there and managed to scoop the ball over the bar from right in front of goal.

Solid chances for Port Vale but none had been put away. Salford made a couple of changes with 15 minutes to go, and from that point the game would swing their way. Mani Dieseruvwe and Oscar Threlkeld replaced Rooney & Whitehead, and the 2nd goal arrived after a further 3 minutes of play.

Touray’s corner from wide on the left and deep was a belter, dropping to the near post where Dieseruvwe attempted to sweep home a low shot. Brown did well, blocking the attempt but fortune was with Salford as ARMSTRONG crashed a 5-yard follow up past the grounded keeper and inside his left-hand post.

Vale were running out of time but did have a good chance to reduce the deficit just a couple of minutes later. Archer did well to hold up pressure inside the box before squaring a neat pass to the left. Cullen was the recipient but could only direct a low 18-yarder straight at Letheren.

Had that one gone in the closing stages could have been a touch tense for the home supporters, but as it was their team wrapped up progression to the Quarter Final 7 minutes from time. Lloyd picked up possession just outside his own area before advancing before sliding an exquisite left-foot, low diagonal pass to meet Jervis’ run on the right. The Luton Town loanee sprinted into the space afforded him by a stretched Vale defence, made the edge of the box then hit a thunderous, rising drive from well right of centre. Brown had no chance of stopping it and the Ammies were 3-0 up thanks to a top-class finish and assist.

Vale were still looking for a goal, albeit a consolation, and in the 87th minute skipper Luke Joyce lifted a ball into the box only for Atkinson’s effort to narrowly clear the crossbar. In time added on Conlon’s ball to the left allowed Montano to advance but his angled effort flew wide of Letheren’s right-hand post.

FULL TIME: SALFORD CITY 3 PORT VALE 0

In the end a comfortable enough scoreline for the Ammies, although a strategically timed goal from Vale could well have changed the outcome. The visitors had some very presentable chances, but as Graham Alexander and his team are well aware, you have to put them away when they come along.

That's 10 goals scored and 1 conceded for Salford in this competition, and although they didn't have things all their own way this evening, the win was merited.

All eyes are now on the Quarter Final draw early on Thursday afternoon, and for now the dream of another trip to Wembley is still very much alive.

Attendance: 630 (287 Port Vale)

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