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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
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1 Burton Albion 38 76
2 Shrewsbury Town 39 74
3 Wycombe Wanderers 39 74
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Newport County AFC 39 61
7 Plymouth Argyle 39 60
8 Luton Town 39 58
9 Stevenage 38 57
10 Northampton Town 39 56
11 Exeter City 39 55
12 AFC Wimbledon 39 53
13 Morecambe 39 50
14 Portsmouth 39 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 39 49
16 Oxford United 39 46
17 Accrington Stanley 39 46
18 Mansfield Town 39 45
19 Cambridge United 39 44
20 York City 39 41
21 Carlisle United 39 41
22 Hartlepool United 39 39
23 Tranmere Rovers 39 38
24 Cheltenham Town 39 37

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