Port Vale 2-2 Stevenage: Strikes from Tottenham loanee Luke Amos and Ben Kennedy not enough to seal victory as Boro throw away another two goal lead
PUBLISHED: 17:02 17 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:02 17 March 2018
Danny Loo Photography 2017
Darren Sarll’s Stevenage threw away a two goal lead for the second time in a week at Burslem on Saturday afternoon after allowing Port Vale to pull back to draw 2-2 at a snowy Potteries.
A first half goal from Luke Amos followed by a Ben Kennedy effort just after half-time failed to secure full points for Sarll’s men.
Boro had been criticised for allowing a two goal lead to slip in the disappointing 2-2 draw against Crewe at the Lamex a week ago, prompting manager Sarll to take the rare step of blasting his men in public, calling their efforts ‘rubbish’.
Frustratingly the players failed to learn from their errors against the Alex, despite Spurs loanee Amos firing the visitors ahead on nine minutes after Jonathan Smith played him in – before the highly-rated 20-year-old showed a cool head to finish underneath former Stoke City youth keeper Ryan Boot as he came rushing out of his goal.
Northern Ireland U20 starlet Ben Kennedy doubled the lead 60 seconds after the break with a quick turn and shot inside the box and it’s rifled into the net as it appeared Boro would pick up a welcome three points on the road.
However the Stevenage team showed they hadn’t heeded the lessons and pain of losing a two goal lead last Saturday by failing to hold on during the final third after Vale’s former Norwich and Cambridge youth Luke Hannat sent the ball in from out wide for Wolves loanee Donaovan Wilson to pull one back on 62 minutes.
Groundstaff battled to clear snow from the lines late on but the game continued as Sarll’s men conceded a second with 14 minutes remaining.
Hannat became provider-turned goalscorer after he unleased a terrific effort after cutting inside onto his left foot from the edge of the box before curling the ball into the top corner and past Tom King.
There may have been snow on the pitch and difficult conditions to play in but as the game finished the sense of disappointment was palpable from the 104 travelling fans in a crowd of 3,462 in the Potteries.