In a game that could decide the championship it really was men against boys from the start with Vale showing the quality that they possess in abundance . It didn't help that Luke , Morgan , Jack and Ben were unavailable .
Unsworth on the other hand let the opposition dictate from the start and knowing that fitness was going to be a key issue having not played a game for four weeks or more it was disappointing that only two lads went out to do some running in the week . Against crack opposition this is simply not good enough .
Our fitness or lack of it was apparent from the start and the whole team were lacking in their collective work rate and thus Vale were able to run us ragged with their forward play excellent .
Too often our defence were left one on one and too often when this was the case then it was the opposition who managed to get a shot off with a distinct lack of talking , tackling , concentration and the ability to play the offside trap . Though midfield were not helping it was no surprise that we were down 4-0 at half time with the one quality finish being their fourth goal .
The second half played out much the same leaving us embarrassed and well defeated in the end and the lads have to take a good look at themselves to see how they can improve as individuals for next weeks game .
No doubt the lads will be up for it next weekend to get this one out of our system and to look forward to the return fixture against Vale who are very good opposition .