Jamie Proctor’s stunning strike helped Port Vale to a 2-0 win at home to fellow League Two play-off hopefuls Sutton.
Proctor’s acrobatic goal added to James Wilson’s early opener to sink their lacklustre visitors.
In-form Vale made the perfect start with Wilson netting after seven minutes.
Mal Benning’s cross from the left came to Proctor, and when his shot was deflected to Wilson, his finish was somewhat fortunate. Sutton keeper Dean Bouzanis stopped his shot but the ball rebounded back onto Wilson and rolled over the line.
Proctor doubled the lead in spectacular style midway through the first half.
It came from another ball in from Benning, which looped into the air after a deflection. Proctor took it early, leaping high to scissor-kick a crisp volley into the top corner.
Sutton’s Craig Eastmond spurned two chances late in the half but the Valiants deservedly led at the break.
Connor Hall narrowly cleared the bar with a chance to seal victory early in the second half, shortly before Omar Bugiel also fired over for Sutton.
Joe Kizzi went closest for the visitors, heading against the bar 20 minutes from time, but Vale had done enough to climb above Sutton and into the play-off places.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 4WalkerBooked at 53mins
- 7WorrallSubstituted forRobinsonat 87′minutes
- 23PettSubstituted forMartinat 12′minutes
- 9WilsonSubstituted forAmooat 65′minutes
- 13ProctorBooked at 70mins
- 6JohnBooked at 66mins
- 7AjiboyeSubstituted forRandall-Hurrenat 65′minutes
- 25WilsonSubstituted forOlaofeat 62′minutes
- 9BugielSubstituted forBennettat 76′minutes
- Martin Coy
Match ends, Port Vale 2, Sutton United 0.
Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Sutton United 0.
Offside, Port Vale. Jamie Proctor tries a through ball, but David Amoo is caught offside.
Harry Charsley (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Richie Bennett (Sutton United).
Substitution, Port Vale. Sam Robinson replaces David Worrall.
Offside, Port Vale. David Amoo tries a through ball, but Harry Charsley is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Ben Garrity (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Malvind Benning with a cross following a set piece situation.
Hand ball by Craig Eastmond (Sutton United).
Substitution, Sutton United. Richie Bennett replaces Omar Bugiel.
Attempt missed. Connor Hall (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.
Attempt missed. David Amoo (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Worrall with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Louis John.
Connor Hall (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Omar Bugiel (Sutton United).
Brad Walker (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Beautyman (Sutton United).
Attempt saved. David Worrall (Port Vale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brad Walker.
Joe Kizzi (Sutton United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Harry Beautyman following a set piece situation.
Jamie Proctor (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.