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Town Make It Two In Two At Vale

Town Make It Two In Two At Vale

By matthew goddard
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Stafford were again on their travels as they travelled to the potteries to take on a strong Port Vale side who had finished third last season and one of the fancied teams this term.

Today's fixture was going to give a true reflection on how far Town had improved and with an unchanged matchday squad who were keen to carry on in the same vein as last week. On a great surface, this was going to be conducive to a good game of passing football which both sides thrive on. Both teams started on the front foot and Town were soon going close with Sofia Carrington Maddy Batchelor and Kimmie Skinner all going close but found the Vale keeper up to the task. Vale too are starting to create chances but find Staffords Lily-Rose Farmer in good form and some defensive play by Kiera Maud to keep the scores level. Chances continue to come and some neat passing sets up Sofia Carrington whose shot goes just wide. Vale are still dangerous and see back to back efforts go over the crossbar but Stafford continue to ask questions at the other end as the Vale keeper blocks a Faye Butler effort and then denies a Maddy Batchelor effort and minutes later pushes a Kimmie Skinner effort just wide. Staffords defence are doing a sterling job blunting the Vale with Elise Ecclestone and Alana Coates Longden at their dependable best. Vale would go close to taking the lead but were denied by a fantastic sliding tackle by keeper Lily-Rose Farmer as their striker was just about to pull the trigger and then pulls off another save. This set the tone for the rest of the team and be the catalyst to Stafford taking the lead after a fine passing move found Claudia Asprey in space who then threaded Kimmie Skinner through who got the ball out her feet and finished sweetly to give Town a 1-0 lead. Chances continued to come with both Claudia Asprey and Kimmie Skinner going close to increasing the lead but would go in at the break leading 1-0. The second half carried on in the same vein with Saskia Conaghan and Freya Street putting in a titanic shift in the midfield to gain control of the game. Chances are still continuing to be made with both Kimmie Skinner and Lottie Delaunay both going close. Port Vale are also still creating chances but are denied by some robust tackling by Elizabeth Farmery and Josie Lamplough. Town would then go close great chances from Claudia Asprey and Faye Butler but would they rue not taking them. No, they wouldn't as Faye Butler was brought down twenty-five yards from goal and Claudia Asprey hits a beautiful curling shot into the net past a disparing Vale keeper to make it 2-0 to Stafford. Vale start to push more player forward to get back into the game but this plays into Stafford's hands as a great move between Elise Ecclestone and Claudia Asprey sets Faye Butler free and she shows the home defence a clean pair of heels and finishes from an acute angle to make it 3-0 to Stafford. But Vale are not going to go down without a fight and pull a goal back as a lobbed effort loops over the Stafford keeper and make it 3-1 and this could be a nervous few minutes coming up and it would turn out to be that way as the Stafford defence are caught out and the resulting effort rebounds in of the Stafford keeper and its now 3-2 game on. But there would be one more twist as Faye Butler breaks down the right flank and is just about to cut in she is brought down and from the resulting free-kick hammers it into the back of the net giving the Vale keeper no chance and giving Town a 4-2 lead which they would see out the final minutes to cap another fine performance with another three points and an unbeaten start to the season against two very good sides . No league game for two weeks back in league action on the 5th October Away at City of Stoke


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Sat 14, Sep 2019