HEREFORD boss Richard O’Kelly opted to give his side a shake-up following the home defeat by Southend.

O’Kelly made five changes, recalling Ryan Green, Stefan Stam, Joe Colbeck and Nathan Elder and handing a full debut to Sam Clucas.

Byron Anthony, despite signing on loan until the end of the season, was left on the substitutes’ bench where there was a first appearance for several weeks for Richard Peniket.

Vale included former Bull John McCombe at centre-back.

Hereford: 4-5-1: Cornell; Purkiss, Stam, Townsend, Green; Barkhuizen, Clucas, Lunt, Featherstone; Elder. Subs not used: Hanford, Anthony, Evans, Facey, Peniket.

Port Vale: 4-3-3: Tomlinson; Yates, McCombe, Davis, Loft; Shuker, Morsy, Marshall; Dodds, Richards, Rigg. Subs not used: Martin, Pope, Williamson, James, Roe.

Referee: Andy d’Urso (Essex).