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BBC Five Live's John Roder
reports from Vale Park
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Port Vale manager Brian Horton
"A good local derby, I am reasonably satisfied."
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Stoke City's Graham Kavanagh
"All in all, it was a fair reflection of today's game."
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Sunday, 17 September, 2000, 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK
Port Vale 1-1 Stoke
Port Vale and Stoke City shared the spoils in a tense and exciting local derby.

The first Potteries clash for three seasons got off to a blistering start with two goals in the opening 15 minutes at Vale Park.

Stoke had not conceded a goal for three matches but to the delight of the home supporters Gavin Ward was digging the ball out of his net after only 11 minutes.

City successfully defended a long Port Vale throw into their area, but as the ball came back into the box Marc Bridge-Wilkinson met it with a powerful header from the edge of the area which gave Ward no chance.

Moments later Graham Kavanagh delivered a pin point cross from the left as Stoke looked for an immediate reply but Vale keeper Mark Goodlad was equal to Kyle Lightbourne's powerful header clawing it around the post.

But from the resultant corner Lightbourne managed to beat Goodlad firing in a rebound after the keeper had parried Nicky Mohan's initial effort.


As the match progressed Stoke grew into the uncompromising match and were unlucky not to take the lead after 33 minutes.

After a flowing counter-attack the ball fell to Stefan Thordarson who had time to line up a shot which cannoned to safety off Allen Tankard who flung himself at the effort.

The second half began with a brace of Lightbourne headers.

The first was comfortably saved and the second, on 51 minutes, crashed off the bar with Goodlad beaten.

In an open match Bridge-Wilkinson responded with a couple of long range efforts which both flashed wide of the target.

With 15 minutes left it seemed that Vale would break the deadlock when, with Ward stranded in a melee of players it was left to Nicky Mohan to clear Dave Brammer's effort off the line.

Two minutes later Vale were again saved by the the woodwork when Marvin Robinson's powerful header rattled the bar and although each side pushed for a deciding goal it was the closest that either side came.

Port Vale: Goodlad, Walsh, Tankard, Carragher, Burton, Brammer, Widdrington, Bridge-Wilkinson, Beresford, Viljanen, Naylor.
Subs: Delaney, Cummins, O'Callaghan, Burns, Twiss.

Stoke City: Ward, Hansson, Dorigo, Mohan, Gunnarsson, Gudjonsson, Kavanagh, O`Connor, Thordarson, Lightbourne, Robinson.
Subs: Risom, Muggleton, Clarke, Thorne, Thomas.

Referee: W Burns (Scarborough).

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