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Vale Park (ATT 6,643) 16th August 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Horwood

Port Vale Port Vale vs Accrington Stanley Accrington

Stanley spring Vale surprise

Craney and Mullin secure away win

Last Updated: 16/08/08 8:14pm

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Craney: Opened scoring

Craney: Opened scoring

Accrington pulled off a surprise 2-0 win over a disappointed and demoralised Port Vale.

Vale defender John McCombe fouled Paul Mullin 25 yards from goal, and Ian Craney curled the resulting free-kick low inside Joe Anyon's left-hand post to put Stanley ahead after just two minutes.

The home side attempted to find a way back but Louis Dodds and Marc Richards were unable to find the target as Accrington defended well and grew in confidence.

Stanley almost doubled their advantage when on-loan Blackburn striker Jamie Clarke's attempt was deflected wide just before the break.

The visitors were comfortably the better side in the second-half and Clarke was close to a second when his 25-yard thunderbolt struck a post in the 65th minute.

Stanley finally wrapped up their victory in style in the last minute as Mullin strode unchallenged into the Vale penalty area and netted a delightful chip over a stranded Anyon.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Morecambe 3 9
2 Burton Albion 3 9
3 Shrewsbury Town 3 7
4 Portsmouth 3 7
5 AFC Wimbledon 3 7
6 Cheltenham Town 3 7
7 Wycombe Wanderers 3 6
8 Southend United 3 6
9 Mansfield Town 3 6
10 Plymouth Argyle 3 4
11 Tranmere Rovers 3 4
12 Bury 3 4
13 Cambridge United 3 4
14 Luton Town 3 4
15 Northampton Town 3 4
16 Stevenage 3 4
17 York City 3 3
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 3 3
19 Carlisle United 3 1
20 Exeter City 3 1
21 Oxford United 3 0
22 Newport County AFC 3 0
23 Hartlepool United 3 0
24 Accrington Stanley 3 0

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