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

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