Ben Williamson's first-half hat-trick set up a comfortable win for League One side Port Vale against Hartlepool in the League Cup first round.

He put Vale in front from six yards and, although Jonathan Franks levelled from 35 yards, two more close-range efforts from Williamson made it 3-1.

Neil Austin's penalty reduced the gap to one but Michael Brown bundled in his first Vale goal to seal victory.

Tom Pope followed up a Louis Dodds shot for 5-2 and then headed in a sixth.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Port Vale

  • 12 Johnson
  • 21 Veseli
  • 03 Dickinson
  • 10 Lines
  • 04 Robertson
  • 05 McGivern
  • 07 Birchall (Jennings - 65' )
  • 15 O'Connor (Brown - 45' )
  • 09 Williamson (Dodds - 73' )
  • 11 Pope
  • 20 Marshall

Substitutes

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Yates
  • 06 Duffy
  • 08 Dodds
  • 17 Brown
  • 18 Jennings
  • 22 Lloyd

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 21 Duckworth
  • 02 Austin
  • 10 Miller
  • 04 Bates
  • 05 Collins
  • 14 Woods (Harewood - 60' )
  • 08 Walker
  • 33 James
  • 07 Franks
  • 17 Brobbel

Substitutes

  • 03 Holden
  • 09 Harewood
  • 11 Compton
  • 18 Hawkins
  • 19 Richards
  • 23 Smith
  • 32 Barber
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 2,824

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

12 5

Corners

8 4

Fouls

4 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Port Vale 6, Hartlepool United 2.

90:00 +2:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Port Vale 6, Hartlepool United 2.

88:40

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

88:27

Attempt saved. Michael Brown (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

87:08

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

86:34

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

85:21

Attempt saved. Michael Brown (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 6, Hartlepool United 2. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Lines.

83:15

Michael Brown (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:15

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

82:35

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

82:17

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

82:05

Attempt saved. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

73:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 5, Hartlepool United 2. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

72:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Ben Williamson.

70:13

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

70:13

Matthew Bates (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:04

Attempt saved. Ryan Brobbel (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

66:03

Attempt missed. Ryan Brobbel (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

64:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Steven Jennings replaces Chris Birchall.

63:57

Attempt missed. Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

63:37

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

62:34

Ben Williamson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:34

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

61:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 4, Hartlepool United 2. Michael Brown (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mark Marshall.

60:30

(Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:30

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

60:05

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

59:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Marlon Harewood replaces Michael Woods.

58:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 3, Hartlepool United 2. Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

58:06

Penalty conceded by Chris Robertson (Port Vale) after a foul in the penalty area.

58:06

Penalty Hartlepool United. Sam Collins draws a foul in the penalty area.

57:16

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

56:23

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:23

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

56:04

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

54:44

Attempt saved. Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

51:34

Attempt missed. Michael Brown (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

46:16

Attempt saved. Chris Birchall (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Port Vale 3, Hartlepool United 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Michael Brown replaces Michael O'Connor.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Port Vale 3, Hartlepool United 1.

43:38

Delay in match Mark Marshall (Port Vale) because of an injury.

42:48

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

42:48

Michael Woods (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:06

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

40:11

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

39:35

Attempt saved. Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

38:37

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:37

Foul by Tommy Miller (Hartlepool United).

35:33

Attempt missed. Luke James (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

32:28

Chris Birchall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:28

Foul by Neil Austin (Hartlepool United).

27:10

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Michael Duckworth.

25:41

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

24:25

Attempt saved. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

17:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 3, Hartlepool United 1. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Lines.

13:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 2, Hartlepool United 1. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Marshall.

9:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 1, Hartlepool United 1. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

7:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 1, Hartlepool United 0. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

5:33

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Port Vale).

5:33

Tommy Miller (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:26

Foul by Matthew Bates (Hartlepool United).

4:26

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:00

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:57

Foul by Ryan Brobbel (Hartlepool United).

0:24

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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