Port Vale 3-3 Stevenage (3-4 on pens): Boro reach round three after shootout

Taye Ashby-Hammond joined Stevenage from Fulham in the summer

Goalkeeper Taye Ashby-Hammond was the hero as Stevenage secured their place in the third round of the FA Cup with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory at Port Vale.

After a 1-1 draw at Stevenage last time, another 120 minutes could not separate the two sides in the replay at Vale Park as they drew 3-3 after extra time.

Ben Garrity scored either side of half-time to put Andy Crosby’s hosts two goals ahead.

He opened the scoring after just six minutes as he tapped home from close range before he hammered in a second after Alfie Devine nodded a cross into his path 10 minutes after the restart.

Harvey White’s unstoppable near-post strike pulled one back before Kane Hemmings sent the game to extra time in the sixth minute of additional time.

Ryan Loft’s first goal for the club, in the 114th minute, again seemingly sent Vale through before Nathan Thompson took the game to penalties with a 119th-minute leveller.

It was then a painful penalty shoot-out for the hosts as scorers Garrity and Loft saw their spot-kicks saved by an inspired Ashby-Hammond, either side of Luther Wildin smashing his over.

Steve Evans’ side now have a trip to non-league Maidstone, who are playing in the third round for the first time since they reformed in 1992.

Report supplied by PA Media.


Port Vale

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1RipleyBooked at 90mins
  • 6Smith
  • 16Lowe
  • 27Debrah
  • 4Sang
  • 14Ojo
  • 18ArblasterSubstituted forWaltersat 63′minutes
  • 19MasseySubstituted forGrantat 45′minutesSubstituted forLomaxat 90′minutes
  • 10ChislettSubstituted forLoftat 83′minutes
  • 11DevineSubstituted forIacovittiat 63′minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 8GarrityBooked at 106mins


  • 5Balmer
  • 9Loft
  • 12Ikpeazu
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 15Grant
  • 17Iacovitti
  • 24Walters
  • 25Dipepa
  • 30Lomax


Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Ashby-Hammond
  • 20PressleySubstituted forThompsonat 45′minutesBooked at 50mins
  • 15Vancooten
  • 5Piergianni
  • 2Wildin
  • 22NealSubstituted forThompsonat 45′minutesBooked at 50mins
  • 24ThompsonSubstituted forWhiteat 67′minutes
  • 3Butler
  • 7MacDonaldSubstituted forHemmingsat 60′minutes
  • 19Reid
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forFreemanat 60′minutes


  • 4Thompson
  • 6Sweeney
  • 9List
  • 10Freeman
  • 12Hegyi
  • 16Anderson
  • 18White
  • 23Thompson
  • 29Hemmings

Tom Nield


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