FOOTBALL: Vale turn the tide with a fine win over Didmarton
1:08pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Sport
AVONVALE started brilliantly against Didmarton, which after a couple of poor performances was very welcome.
Stroud & District Div 1
Avonvale Utd 4
Sam Jenner was causing Didmarton problems with every touch and got his reward when scoring with an outrageous flick and volley.
The away side worked tirelessly but only got a sight of goal from corners.
On the stroke of half-time Vale made it 2-0 when a brilliant cross into the box from Rich Jones was nodded home by Mike Apperley.
Vale soon got their third in the second half when a Jenner corner was smashed in by birthday boy Liam Lavis.
Glen Freeman put in a lot of hard work in the Vale midfield and he was rewarded with a goal, when he calmly curled the ball into the corner of the net.
Josh Hoare had Didmarton's best chance but Price saved well at the near post.
Stroud & District Div 4
Coaley Rovers 2
Avonvale Utd Res 5
WITH the Vale injury list growing by the week, a number of third team players were promoted and showed they are more than capable as the visitors came from a goal behind to claim all three points in a seven-goal thriller.
Against the run of play, Vale found themselves one down, but within ten minutes they responded when an inswinging corner kick by Daniel Lodge sneaked in at the near post.
Vale continued to press with some neat passing football and Dominic Jackson volleyed home a George Kent flick to give Vale the lead.
Jack Stone then scored with a smart header from a corner and Jamie Packer headed home a delightful cross to put Vale 4-1 up at half-time.
Coaley were a different side after the interval but some smart defending and quality saves from Vale keeper Jack Thomas kept the home side at bay.
Thomas even saved a penatly when getting a strong hand to a cannonball of a spot kick, tipping it over the bar.
Vale missed a number of chances to make it five before being gifted an own goal from a corner.
Coaley did get a late consolation goal from a free kick.
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