Chris Anderson watched on as his Vale Of Leithen side ran out comfortable winners against Edinburgh United at Meggatland with a 2-0 scorline.
Vale looking to blend their new signings into the squad started brightly in what was a well contested first half of football. It was however on the half hour mark that Vale found their first after some neat build up play saw new signing Marc Berry ghosting through the United defence before slotting the ball smartly past Walker. Vale continued to dominate in possession before the HT whistle sounded.
The second half saw the manager make a few changes. This maybe altered the tempo for a short period as United began to take hold of the game. Vale went on to increase their lead however as last seasons player of the year Sean Stewart sped off after a neat midfield pass sent him through on goal. With good control and a confident strike the ball found its way past Walker for a second time. Vale could’ve and should’ve wrapped things up moments later. It was Stewart once again causing havoc to Uniteds backline. Rounding the goalkeeper his eventual shot was bundled off the line by the recovering defender.
With 15 minutes to go the Manager was delighted to re-introduce club captain James Elliot to the fray. James has endured a difficult 18 month period on the sidelines due to a serious knee injury. Everyone at the club would like to wish James the very best for the 18/19 season, it certainly was great to see the big man back on the field of play. As the game came into its final stages Vale looked strong and composed. The referee ended proceedings in which was a great exercise for both. Edinburgh United 0-2 Vale Of Leithen.
The gaffer had this to say afterwards “I was pleased overall with today’s efforts. It’s important to get the minutes and the sharpness back into the legs and today was a good work out.”
Chris then went on to say,
“On a personal note I was delighted for James Elliot today. It’s been a long time coming for him. He’s been working hard behind the scenes so it was great to see him back on the pitch.”