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  • Date:22 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Vale Park
  • Attendance:4,869
  • Pope (90)
  • McQuilkin (75)

Live Commentary

94:00 +4.00

Foul by Nicky Featherstone on Marc Richards, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gary Roberts.

92:47 +2.47

Tom Pope finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Port Vale 1-1 Hereford.Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Lunt on Marc Richards. Assist on the goal came from Kris Taylor.


James McQuilkin takes a short corner.


Waide Fairhurst is cautioned by the ref for time wasting.


Short corner worked by Steven Leslie.


Gary Roberts is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Gary Roberts challenges Joe Heath unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Heath takes the free kick.


Kris Taylor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gareth Owen.


(Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Robert Taylor coming on for Louis Dodds.


James McQuilkin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.


James McQuilkin finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Port Vale 0-1 Hereford.The assist for the goal came from Waide Fairhurst.


Effort on goal by Waide Fairhurst from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.


(Hereford) makes a substitution, with Waide Fairhurst coming on for Stuart Fleetwood.


Gary Roberts takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Michael Townsend makes a clearance.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Stuart Fleetwood. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.


Tom Pope is brought on as a substitute for Justin Richards.


Shot by Steven Leslie from just outside the area goes over the net.


Stuart Fleetwood has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.


Corner taken left-footed by Steven Leslie, Michael Townsend takes a shot. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.


Justin Richards takes a shot. Save by Adam Bartlett.


Shot by Louis Dodds. Blocked by Joe Heath.


Anthony Griffith fouled by Nicky Featherstone, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Yates.


The referee penalises Marc Richards for handball. Free kick taken by Nicky Featherstone.


Louis Dodds has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.


Justin Richards is shown a yellow card. Ryan Green fouled by Justin Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Green, Gareth Owen manages to make a clearance.


Corner taken by Steven Leslie, Gareth Owen manages to make a clearance.


Shot by Nicky Featherstone from 20 yards. Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.


The referee blows for offside against Stuart Fleetwood. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.


Shot by Louis Dodds from 18 yards. Adam Bartlett makes a save.


Gary Roberts sends in a cross, save by Adam Bartlett.


Kenny Lunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Roberts. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary Roberts.


Shot from just outside the box by Doug Loft goes over the target.


James McQuilkin crosses the ball.


Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Steven Leslie, John McCombe fouled by Michael Townsend, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.


Michael Townsend fouled by Marc Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Townsend.


Effort from just outside the box by James McQuilkin goes over the bar.


Unfair challenge on Justin Richards by Michael Townsend results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Roberts.


Outswinging corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, clearance made by Stefan Stam.


Marc Richards takes a shot. Joe Heath gets a block in.


Nicky Featherstone takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Stefan Stam on Marc Richards. Free kick crossed by Justin Richards, save by Adam Bartlett.


Close range headed effort by Marc Richards misses to the right of the target.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Fleetwood by John McCombe. Nicky Featherstone takes the free kick.


Unfair challenge on Lee Collins by Robert Purdie results in a free kick. Gareth Owen takes the free kick.


Anthony Griffith receives a caution. Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Griffith on Ryan Green. Adam Bartlett takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Grew set for tough baptism Port Vale's caretaker-manager Mark Grew could make changes when he takes charge for the first time against Hereford. Grew, who took over from departed manager Jim Gannon on Monday, could be tempted to shuffle his pack following a run of three games without a win, which has seen the Valiants fall out of the play-off places. Goalkeeper Chris Martin dropped to the bench for Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Accrington, along with defender Lee Collins and on-loan forward Tom Pope. But all four will be hoping for recalls, as will midfielder Gary Roberts after being left out altogether by Gannon against Accrington. Striker Justin Richards could resume his partnership with namesake Marc Richards in attack following a number of substitute appearances, while midfielders Anthony Griffiths and Sean Rigg provide Grew with alternative options. Hereford manager Jamie Pitman will include new signing Stefan Stam in his squad. The 31-year-old Yeovil defender, who has made just three appearances for his parent club this season after falling out with Glovers boss Terry Skiverton in November, has signed a month-long loan deal with the Bulls. The Dutchman will fight it out with Ryan Green, Joe Heath and Rob Purdie for one of the two full-back positions. On-loan midfielder Steven Leslie looks set to retain his place in the starting line-up, but Nicky Featherstone and James McQuilkin are both pushing for recalls. Long-term absentees goalkeeper Dan Connor and defender Ryan Valentine remain sidelined, although both are making good progress following hip injuries and could return to action within the next three weeks.


Port Vale

Formation: 451Manager: Jamie Pitman


  • Stuart Tomlinson
  • Adam Yates
  • John McCombe
  • Gareth Owen
  • Lee Collins
  • Doug Loft
  • Anthony Griffith
  • Gary Roberts
  • Louis Dodds
  • Justin Richards
  • Marc Richards
  • SUBS
  • Chris Martin
  • Robert Taylor
  • Kris Taylor
  • Lewis Haldane
  • Sam Morsy
  • Ritchie Sutton
  • Tom Pope



Match Report

Pope hands Vale point Substitute Tom Pope headed a 93rd-minute equaliser to lift some of the gloom for troubled Port Vale after James McQuilkin had given Hereford the lead with a stunner. McQuilkin looked to have settled a game of few chances when he swapped passes with Ryan Green in the 74th minute and drove home an unstoppable 20-yard shot. But Pope rose at the far post to force a header through the grasp of Hereford goalkeeper Adam Bartlett after fellow substitute Kris Taylor had swung over a free-kick. Vale, with caretaker manager Mark Grew in charge after Jim Gannon was sacked on Monday, made six changes and Hereford four after both suffered heavy defeats at the weekend. In a cagey opening, both goalkeepers were virtually spectators until Steve Leslie's 29th-minute cross skimmed off the top of the Vale crossbar. And it was Leslie who forced the first serious save of the match in the 37th minute when his deflected drive was beaten away at full stretch by Tomlinson. Two long range efforts from Louis Dodds were the best Vale could muster in the first-half and there was little improvement in the early stages after the break. But the game sprung to life after McQuilkin struck although the visitors will be disappointed not to have hung on for what would have been a ninth away win of the season.

Form Guide

  • Port Vale
  • VS
  • Hereford

Last Meetings

  • Hereford
  • 1 - 1
  • Port Vale
  • 09/10/2010
  • Port Vale
  • 2 - 0
  • Hereford
  • 30/01/2010
  • Hereford
  • 2 - 2
  • Port Vale
  • 29/08/2009
  • Port Vale
  • 1 - 0
  • Hereford
  • 05/04/1986
  • Hereford
  • 1 - 1
  • Port Vale
  • 06/11/1985
  • Port Vale
  • 3 - 1
  • Hereford
  • 02/02/1985

Top Scorers

Port Vale

  • M Richards 9
  • J Richards 4
  • J McCombe 4
  • L Dodds 4
  • G Roberts 2
  • L Collins 2
  • T Pope 2
  • S Rigg 2
  • A Griffith 1
  • G Owen 1
  • S Morsy 1


  • S Fleetwood 11
  • J Colbeck 4
  • W Fairhurst 3
  • R Rose 2
  • R Purdie 2
  • J Kovacs 2
  • J McQuilkin 2
  • M Townsend 1
  • N Featherstone 1


Port Vale

    • Total goals 80
    • Goals per game 42
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 80
    • Goals per game 42
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 8 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 9 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins