Youngsters' Valiant defeat
A very young Morecambe side entertained an experienced Valiants Development Squad at the UCLAN Sports Arena, Preston this afternoon.
With a number of first appearances in the line-up Morecambe fell behind in the 10th minute but then shared the spoils for the rest of the first half.
Tom McCready fired a free-kick just over and the returning Joe Mwasile jinked into the area to see the keeper claim his effort on the half hour mark.
McCready then forced the keeper into a low diving save before the interval.
The second half saw Port Vale in the ascendancy with debutant goalkeeper Tom Stewart brought into the action early.
Port Vale extended their lead in the 53rd minute and added a third on 65 minutes when the big striker brought the ball under control in the penalty box before driving the ball into Stewart's bottom left corner.
Morecambe: Stewart, Edwards (rep Dowling 85), Bondswell, Bell (C), Bowman, Colebourn, T McCready (rep Thomas 60), Bailey, Dunleavy, Mwasile, Watson. Subs not used: Kitchen, Akande.