U’s in the play-off frame after Norris secures a point at Vale

Port Vale 1-1 Colchester United

Luke Norris’s second half ‘worldy’ ensured the region’s three League Two teams enjoyed a rare unbeaten matchday.

The former Dagenham & Redbridge loanee’s 65th-minute strike cancelled out the livewire, Devante Rodney’s 57th-minute effort, for a previously dominant, mid-table Vale.

This point in the Potteries leaves the U’s comfortably in the play-off zone, with Leyton Orient – winners against top-of-the-table Newport County – hot on their heels, and extends their unbeaten run to four league games.

Port Vale: Brown, Mills, Legge, Smith, Fitzpatrick, Oyeleke, Joyce (Pope 77′), Conlon, Worrall (McKirdy 74′), Rodney, Hurst Subs not used: Robinson, Brisley, Clark, Burgess, Visser.

Colchester United: Gerken, Welch-Hayes, Eastman, Smith, Bramhall, Chilvers (Gambin 63′), Stevenson, Poku (Senior 90′), Brown (Foliviat 63′) Harriott (Sowunmi 90′), Norris Subs not used: Clampin, George, Tchamadeu.

Brian Jeeves

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