Port Vale came away with a 1-0 win against Stevenage in the FA Cup first round after a first half Remie Streete goal.
Even though Streete’s goal made the difference, Stevenage didn’t make it easy for the Valiants as they pressed for an equaliser to the final whistle.
Vale made two changes to their side as Kiko and Martin Paterson came in for Sam Hart and Rigino Cicilia. These changes meant a change in formation as Vale went for a traditional 4-4-2, with Jerome Thomas accompanying Paterson up front.
The first chance of the game came just six minutes in as Anthony Grant’s cross was nodded down by centre-back Nathan Smith but the resulting shot by Streete flew straight over the bar.
Vale maintained the pressure as Thomas tried his luck from the wing, crossing from deep, but no-one was in the middle to collect the long ball.
Stevenage were in the game but they were unable to forge any critical chances.
The deadlock was broken in the 37th minute as a perfectly placed ball from Thomas found the head of Streete at Stevenage’s back post, his header finding the bottom corner.
On the hour mark, Vale were on the back foot, even with the goal advantage, as three quick-fire chances from the visitors troubled the Valiants but a combination of blocks and saves kept Vale ahead.
The game fell silent for a while until the final five minutes when it sparked back to life. Substitute Tom Pett could have hit his side back onto even terms but his shot flew over the bar.
Just a minute later, Boro’s Jack King forced a good save out of Jak Alnwick and then Matthew Godden hit the post and missed the follow up, meaning that Vale survived and head into the next round of the FA Cup.