HIGHADMIT SOUTH WALES ALLIANCE DIVISION TWO
VALE UNITED ............... 7 AFC BARGOED ............. 0 VALE United came out of early hibernation to hit a magnificent seven goals past AFC Bargoed in leafy Corntown, writes Tony Poole.
Having last been in action back on August 30, losing 3-1 at Penrhiwfer, the Cabo Roche aristocrats from Five Bells Lane in Bridgend handed home debuts to Garw import Giovanni Bertorelli and Lewis Richards.
However, they were without Scottish hit man Jay Tominey, who was at the Highland Games tossing the caber.
Ryan Jenkins shot Vale in front and he went on to double the lead from the penalty spot on the halfhour mark.
Vale led 2-0 at the turnaround, and promising youngster Danny Hanson then enhanced the lead early in the second half.
It was then the turn of birthday boy Alex Gregory to get on the scoresheet before manager Lloyd Williams rang the changes.
On came new boy Lewis Richards, Tommy Hopkin along with 16-yearold Jac Wisenden, as Vale eventually took advantage of a new Alliance five substitutes ruling.
And the closing stages soon became the Lewis Richards show, as he completed a glittering hat-trick to heap more misery on the struggling Rhymney Valley side.
While Vale were delighted to get their show back on the road, they’ll have to knock over better opponents that Bargoed to improve on a current 10thplace standing in the league.
However, there’s nothing like a win to restore confidence and get the club buzzing, and this was also the first occasion for them to keep a clean sheet in the Alliance.
This Saturday manager Williams is hoping his thoroughbreds will be up for the cup, as they visit fellow Alliance newcomers Blaenrhondda in the league’s W J Owen Open Cup.
The next league outing for Vale is on October 7 when they head to the Cynon Valley to challenge Carnetown.