• The FA Cup 1st Rnd
  • 03 Nov 2012
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: The New Lawn
Home team Score Away team

Forest Green Rovers

2-3

Port Vale

James Norwood 34
Eddie Oshodi 49
Ashley Vincent 7
Clayton McDonald 12
Ben Williamson 80

Vale overcome plucky Rovers

Saturday 3rd November 2012 23:11

Williamson: Match-winning goal

Williamson: Match-winning goal

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A late goal from Ben Williamson fired Port Vale to a 3-2 victory over Forest Green Rovers in the first round of the FA Cup.

Williamson climbed off the bench with 18 minutes to go and hit the winner with 10 remaining after the Blue Square Premier side fought back from two goals down.

Vale went ahead after seven minutes when Louis Dodds' cross-field pass found Ashley Vincent, who skipped past challenges from Ed Asafu-Adjaye and Jamie Turley to place the ball to Sam Russell's left.

The visitors doubled their lead five minutes later, Vincent turning provider, taking down Ryan Burge's cross and supplying Clayton McDonald with a close-range finish.

Forest Green were stunned but fought their way back when James Norwood curled into the top corner after 34 minutes and they were level when skipper Eddie Oshodi tapped in from close range.

Rovers piled on the pressure and went close when Matty Taylor's shot was cleared off the line by McDonald but they couldn't find a winner and were made to pay when Williamson nodded home.