Exeter City’s 11 game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two came to an end at Vale Park in a 3-1 loss.
Nicky Ajose had given the Grecians the lead in the first half, but two goals from Ritchie Bennett and one from Leon Legge after the break saw City leave Stoke empty-handed
Manager Matt Taylor made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Colchester United last time out, with Nicky Law and Randell Williams dropping to the bench for Ajose and Brennan Dickenson.
The Grecians started the match in a bright fashion as Jake Taylor – making his 300th career appearance forcing Scott Brown to turn an effort around his post in the opening minute.
Dickenson and Jayden Richardson were also causing problems down both flanks. However, Dickenson then cut inside and had a shot of his own just past the quarter of an hour mark, but it ricocheted off Ajose and out for a goal kick.
The next time those two players combined though it was intended and lethal. First Jake Taylor won the ball back well high up the pitch, but Dickenson still had a lot to do when he found him out wide but he delivered a beautiful first-time cross into the six yard box and Ajose dive to nod past Brown for his first goal for the Grecian in Sky Bet League Two.
Port Vale looked dangerous from corners with Leon Legge and Ritchie Bennett both heading off target in the first half, but it was the Grecians who looked more threatening in open play as the sides heading into the break.
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