Match ends, Stevenage 2, Port Vale 0.
Goals from Danny Newton and Jonathan Smith earned in-form Stevenage a deserved League Two victory over struggling Port Vale.
Boro striker Newton fired home his sixth of the season from an acute angle after 22 minutes following Ben Kennedy's surging forward run.
Matt Gooden had earlier wasted a golden opportunity for the hosts, shooting straight at Kelle Roos after capitalising on Tom Anderson's slip.
Boro, who rounded out September with three consecutive league wins, were only denied a second before the break when Roos parried Tom Pett's stinging 25-yard drive.
But seconds after the Vale goalkeeper almost fumbled Newton's low drive into his own net, Smith brilliantly curled into the top corner after 54 minutes to double the hosts' advantage.
Managerless Vale had started brightly as Tyrone Barnett's shot on the turn from distance forced Joe Fryer into a good save after six minutes.
Tom Pope's looping header was brilliantly cleared by Boro captain Ronnie Henry, on his 450th appearance for the hosts, five minutes before the break.
The experienced forward also headed wide from Tyler Denton's delivery approaching the hour.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 10KennedySubstituted forConlonat 90+3'minutes
- 19NewtonSubstituted forWoottonat 60'minutes
- 24GoddenSubstituted forGrayat 89'minutes
- 4AndersonBooked at 75mins
- 6KaySubstituted forMyers-Harnessat 65'minutes
- 28de FreitasBooked at 76minsSubstituted forWhitfieldat 82'minutes
- 14BarnettSubstituted forTurnerat 65'minutes
- Charles Breakspear
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Port Vale 0.
Substitution, Stevenage. Tom Conlon replaces Ben Kennedy.
Attempt missed. Joe Martin (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
Substitution, Stevenage. Jamie Gray replaces Matt Godden.
Foul by Marcus Myers-Harness (Port Vale).
Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Tom Pett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Terence Vancooten (Stevenage).
Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Whitfield replaces Anthony de Freitas.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jonathan Smith.
Kyle Wootton (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Port Vale).
Anthony de Freitas (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Anthony de Freitas (Port Vale).
Tom Anderson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
Hand ball by Tom Anderson (Port Vale).