Port Vale opened the new season with a 1-1 draw at Colchester.
Manager John Askey handed a debut to winger David Amoo, despite signing ten new players in the summer.
Six other recruits made the substitutes bench.
Vale got off to a flying start opening the scoring inside five minutes.
Manny Oyeleke was fouled in the area and last season's leading scorer and skipper Tom Pope slotted home the penalty.
The home side equalised on the stroke of half time through Luke Norris.
The Vale defence stood firm in the second half and returned home with a useful point.