Port Vale players stake first-team claim in Leicester friendly



David Amoo’s goal earned Port Vale a 1-0 win against Leicester in a training ground friendly at Vale Park on Tuesday afternoon.

The forward struck on 66 minutes. Having been found by George Lloyd, he fired across goal to beat the keeper and earn Vale victory to follow friendly wins at home to Stockport and away to Burnley over the last month.

Manager Darrell Clarke has been keen to arrange regular friendly games for his squad players to keep up their match fitness and sharpness in case they are needed for the first team.

Amoo has had to be patient for his chance in League Two this season. The 30 year old hasn’t started a league game but has come off the bench in the last two matches and was instrumental in helping Vale come from 2-1 down at home to Leyton Orient to win 3-2 with late goals on October 2.

Clarke used the game to take a look at an unnamed trialist and there was also a return to action for Aaron Martin who has been sidelined with a back problem.

There was also run out for academy players James Plant, Ellis Jones, Abdi Osman and John Clarke.

On-loan Cheltenham striker Lloyd had an effort cleared off the line before Alex Hurst was forced off after eight minutes and replaced by youth player James Plant.

Martin had an effort saved but was called into action at the other end with a crucial challenge as the visitors threatened to take the lead.

But Amoo’s goal made the difference and Vale could have added a second but Osman was denied by the keeper.

The Vale return to League Two action on Saturday, at home to Barrow.

Vale: Stone, Benning, Martin (Osman, 45), Amos, Trialist (Clarke, 52), Walker, Taylor, Hurst (Plant, 8), Politic (Jones, 45), Amoo, Lloyd.





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