Date: 27th January 2009 at 8:19pm
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Port Vale were dumped out of the Worthington Cup tonight by Third Division Chester, despite drawing 4-4 in a thrilling game at Vale Park from August 1999.

Chester lead by two goals to one from the first leg of the competition and Vale soon found themselves well adrift of the club, who are currently second to bottom of the Third Division, after they took a two goal lead early on. Luke Beckett grabbed a penalty on 5 minutes when Alan Tankard hauled down Darren Wright in the area. On 13 minutes Beckett pounced again as Walsh napped in the area only to see the youngster lash the ball past Paul Musselwhite.

Vale looked to be dead and buried but they managed to bring the score to two a piece by half time. Tony Naylor scored a spectacular overhead kick on the half hour mark before Geoff Minton slotted home a penalty on half time to bring the scores even. In the second half the home side took the lead through Tony Naylor and looked in a good position to go on and win the game but a lapse in concentration let Chester back in and the boos began to ring out around Vale Park. Luke Beckett saw his penalty saved on 71 minutes only for Shelton to slot the rebound in and six
minutes later the substitute, John Jones, tapped the ball home from six yards to put Chester back in the lead.

Griffiths grabbed an equaliser on 84 minutes but by that stage the aggregate was too far gone for Vale to come back into the game. The final score ended at 4-4 and once again the unhappy Vale Park contingent voiced their disapproval at being so unserimoniously dumped out of the Worthington Cup competition. The final score on aggregate was 6-5 to Chester and doesn’t look to bad on paper, but in reality Port Vale were poor in both legs and the fans made it clear that they were not impressed at all.

Chester City: Brown, Davidson, Moss, Reid, Woods, Cross, Shelton, Richardson,
Fisher, Beckett, Wright. Substitutes: Jones, Cutler, Doughty, Blackburn, Berry.

Port Vale: Musselwhite, Tankard, Carragher, Walsh, Gardner, Brammer, Smith, Minton,
Rougier, Naylor, Foyle. Substitutes: Eyre (for Rougier, 74), Griffiths (for Smith, 80),
Widdrington, Snijders, Gowan.