Brentford 1 Port Vale 1

Last updated : 19 October 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Brentford and Port Vale shared the spoils in this Division Two encounter at Griffin Park.

The Bees opened the brighter and on four minutes a Mark McCammon header was saved by the keeper.

On eight minutes Kevin O'Connor saw his 20-yard left-foot effort flash just wide of the right-hand upright and Rowan Vine's left-foot effort in the box on 17 minutes curled just wide of the left-hand upright.

Vale almost broke the deadlock on 27 minutes when Lee Ashcroft broke clear in the box and saw his right-foot effort crash against the upright and rebound to safety.

After 33 minutes a brilliant save by keeper Mark Goodlad from Vine prevented the Bees taking the lead. On the stroke of half time McCammon for the home side should have scored, but the keeper blocked his effort and Ed Hutchinson following up had his effort cleared off the line.

Five minutes after the break Stephen McPhee for the visitors had a great chance when he broke clear following a Brett Angell flick-on, but his effort was blocked by home keeper Paul Smith.

The Bees took the lead after 56 minutes when Stephen Hunt was tripped in the box by Matt Carragher, the referee pointed to the spot and Hunt picked himself up to fire home high into the roof of the net from the resultant spot-kick.

Three minutes later the Bees almost extended their lead when Hutchinson hit the right-hand upright with a header following an Ijah Anderson cross from the left.

Vale equalised after 68 minutes when a McPhee effort smashed against the right-hand upright and Billy Paynter was on hand to toe-poke the loose ball home from ten yards.

Ten minutes from time another McPhee strike in the box was tipped on to the bar by keeper Smith to ensure the points were shared