EFL Cup - First Round
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Port Vale 6-2 Hartlepool United

Ben Williamson
Ben Williamson scored six goals for Port Vale last season

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.

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Johnson
  • 21Veseli
  • 3Dickinson
  • 10Lines
  • 4Robertson
  • 5McGivern
  • 7BirchallSubstituted forJenningsat 65'minutes
  • 15O'ConnorSubstituted forBrownat 45'minutes
  • 9WilliamsonSubstituted forDoddsat 73'minutes
  • 11Pope
  • 20Marshall

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 6Duffy
  • 8Dodds
  • 17Brown
  • 18Jennings
  • 22Lloyd

Hartlepool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Flinders
  • 21Duckworth
  • 2Austin
  • 10Miller
  • 4Bates
  • 5Collins
  • 14WoodsSubstituted forHarewoodat 60'minutes
  • 8Walker
  • 33James
  • 7Franks
  • 17Brobbel

Substitutes

  • 3Holden
  • 9Harewood
  • 11Compton
  • 18Hawkins
  • 19Richards
  • 23Smith
  • 32Barber
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
2,824

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home12
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 6, Hartlepool United 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

  7. Post update

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

  8. 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.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

  13. Post update

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

  14. 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.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Ben Williamson.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Steven Jennings replaces Chris Birchall.