Match ends, Cambridge United 3, Port Vale 1.
Paul Mullin continued his exceptional form in front of goal as League Two leaders Cambridge beat Port Vale 3-1.
Mullin scored a hat-trick to add to three earlier braces and now has 11 goals in 10 appearances in all competitions.
The home side were given the perfect start with an early penalty, converted by Mullin in the third minute after Luke Hannant was felled by Tom Conlon.
It could have been 3-0 by the time Port Vale equalised, with Wes Hoolahan slaloming into the box and seeing his shot come back off the inside of the post and Harrison Dunk heading Hoolahan's cross wide at the far post.
Vale's leveller after 18 minutes was also from the spot, won and converted by Theo Robinson after he was brought down by Harry Darling.
Mullin was on hand to put the U's back ahead after 51 minutes, lashing Dunk's cross home at the end of a super Cambridge breakaway.
At the very death, Mullin sealed the result, scoring from a tight angle after rounding Scott Brown.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 3IredaleSubstituted forDaviesat 78'minutes
- 44BoatengSubstituted forMayat 78'minutesBooked at 84mins
- 14HoolahanSubstituted forIronsideat 85'minutes
- 18El Mizouni
- 18WhiteheadSubstituted forRodneyat 80'minutes
- 11MontañoSubstituted forPopeat 85'minutes
- Trevor Kettle
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Cambridge United 3, Port Vale 1.
Goal! Cambridge United 3, Port Vale 1. Paul Mullin (Cambridge United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner.
David Fitzpatrick (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Ironside (Cambridge United).
Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Pope with a headed pass.
Foul by Theo Robinson (Port Vale).
Dimitar Mitov (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Tom Conlon (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Leon Davies (Cambridge United).
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harry Darling.
Attempt blocked. Tom Conlon (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Kyle Knoyle.
Attempt blocked. Leon Legge (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Devante Rodney with a headed pass.
Substitution, Port Vale. Tom Pope replaces Cristian Montaño.
Substitution, Cambridge United. Joe Ironside replaces Wes Hoolahan.
Adam May (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Devante Rodney (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Adam May (Cambridge United).
Attempt blocked. Tom Conlon (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Devante Rodney.