Vale make ground on leaders

A review of Saturday's action in npower League Two, including Port Vale's victory and a draw involving Gillingham.

Last Updated: 24/11/12 at 19:38 Post Comment

Southend celebrate Britt Assombalonga's goal

Southend celebrate Britt Assombalonga's goal

Port Vale closed the gap on npower League Two leaders Gillingham to two points with a 3-1 win at struggling Aldershot.

Ben Williamson put the Valiants ahead after 17 minutes, but the Shots equalised just after the half-hour mark when Dani Lopez nodded home from close range.

However, second-half goals from Ryan Burge and Jennison Myrie-Williams rounded off the perfect week for Vale, who celebrated coming out of administration with a thumping victory over Bristol Rovers on Tuesday.

The result saw Micky Adams' side gain ground on Gillingham, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Accrington.

Myles Weston gave the Gills the lead three minutes before the interval but James Beattie's penalty secured a point for Stanley after Gills goalkeeper Stuart Nelson had been sent off on 71 minutes for a foul on Padraig Amond.

Cheltenham consolidated third spot with a 1-0 home win over bottom-of-the-table Barnet, Jeff Goulding blasting a late winner after Mark Byrne had missed a penalty for the visitors.

Southend moved up to fourth with a come-from-behind 3-1 victory against Rochdale. Britt Assombalonga, Gavin Tomlin and Marc Laird turned the game on its head for the hosts after Terry Gornell had put Rochdale ahead five minutes into the second half.

Fifth-placed Bradford were held to a 3-3 draw at Bristol Rovers in an entertaining encounter which also saw two red cards.

Rovers' new signing Guy Branston scored with his first touch before Nahki Wells levelled. The hosts took the lead twice more, through Tom Eaves and Michael Smith, but were pegged back by goals from Carl McHugh and James Hanson before a touchline exchange saw Bradford's Nathan Doyle and Rovers' Wayne Brown sent off.

Fleetwood slipped a place to sixth after going down 1-0 to a last-gasp Sam Williams penalty at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Rotherham moved up to seventh with a 1-0 triumph at Exeter, Ian Sharps bagging the game's only goal before the Millers were reduced to 10 men by the stoppage-time dismissal of Mitchell Rose.

At the bottom, Wycombe leapt from second bottom to 19th courtesy of a 3-0 home win over 10-man Burton.

Matt McClure was on target either side of a Joel Grant penalty, with Albion defender Zander Diamond sent off sent off in the spot-kick incident.

Wimbledon remain precariously placed just about the relegation zone after going down to Kevin Ellison-inspired Morecambe.

The midfielder netted after seven, 34 and 79 minutes, with a bad day for the visitors compounded by Paul McCallum's red card eight minutes from time. Jack Midson got their only goal from the penalty spot midway through the second half.

Elsewhere, Jon-Paul Pittman hit the winner 11 minutes from time in Oxford's 2-1 triumph over Northampton - three minutes after Clive Platt looked to have earned the visitors a point when he cancelled out James Constable's opener.

The Cobblers' woes were compounded by the late dismissal of defender Clarke Carlisle, after two yellow card offences.

Finally, goals from Danny Stevens and Joe Oastler earned Torquay a 2-0 success at York while Marc Richards' strike midway through the second half secured a 1-0 win for Chesterfield at Plymouth.


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