Glossy performance from Vale puts a shine on league run

Vale of Leithen 4

CS Strollers 0

IT WAS little more than a stroll in the park for Vale as they racked up their third league win on the trot, writes Dave Ryce.

Playing on home ground they opened the scoring in the 21st minute, as a deep Eddie Mearns cross into the area was hooked back across by Steven Rixon and Scott Moffat sent a first-time shot fizzing into the net.

A couple of minutes later Vale doubled their advantage thanks to some ponderous defending.

Rixon got to a high ball ahead of Strollers keeper Bruce Callan and managed to turn and poke it home, despite the presence of two defenders on the line, who looked to be leaving the clearance to each other.

A third arrived in the 37th minute as a Daniel McAleavy corner found James Young, who powered his header high into the net.

Civil Service conceded a penalty as John Ramsey sent substitute player/manager Fraser Ogilvie tumbling in the box. Mearns hit the spot kick well enough, but Callan dived superbly to turn the ball away.

But in the 79th minute, Vale put some gloss onto the result when a Mearns cut-back found Brigain arriving at the near post to tuck the ball under Callan.

It’s fair to say Vale’s league position of third bottom is a false one, as they have still only played 13 matches.

Vale of Leithen: J. Hudson, J. Young, D. McAleavy, C. McAleavy, J. Blaikie, E. Mearns, C. Brigain, K. Dodds (F. Ogilvie), S. Moffat, S. Rixon, D. Thomson.