Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Port Vale 3.
Tom Pope scored an eight-minute hat-trick to fire Port Vale into the third round of the FA Cup with victory at Cheltenham.
The home side dominated the first half after taking an early lead through Reuben Reid's third-minute penalty, after Sean Long was tripped by Cristian Montano.
Reid and Alex Addai both had clear chances to make it 2-0 but they could not find another before the break and they were made to pay in the second half.
Pope fired into the side netting after a cross was fumbled by Scott Flinders in the 47th minute and though Town's Chris Hussey headed wide from Jake Doyle-Hayes' cross, it was all Vale and they deservedly levelled after an hour.
Pope headed Rhys Browne's cross past Flinders and two minutes later the striker was powering another header past the Robins goalkeeper, this time from James Gibbons' centre.
And Pope made it three goals in eight minutes when he thumped in after Cheltenham failed to deal with a corner.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 2LongBooked at 66mins
- 23InceBooked at 81mins
- 11BroomSubstituted forSheafat 61'minutes
- 21Doyle-HayesSubstituted forSmithat 82'minutes
- 9ReidSubstituted forReillyat 45+1'minutes
- 10ConlonSubstituted forBrisleyat 90+2'minutes
- Ross Joyce
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Port Vale 3.
Attempt missed. Max Sheaf (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Substitution, Port Vale. Shaun Brisley replaces Tom Conlon.
Attempt missed. Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Rohan Ince (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town).
Rhys Browne (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Jonte Smith (Cheltenham Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jonte Smith replaces Jake Doyle-Hayes.
Rohan Ince (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jake Taylor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rohan Ince (Cheltenham Town).
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Rhys Browne.
Attempt missed. Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Leon Legge.
Attempt blocked. Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Port Vale 3. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a corner.