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Roots Hall (ATT 4,946) 21st August 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

Southend Southend United vs Port Vale Port Vale

Southend 1

G Owen (og 88)

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Port Vale 3

J Richards (5)
L Dodds (54)
M Richards (83)

Shrimpers slayed by Vale

Last Updated: 21/08/10 8:15pm

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Richards: Netted the opener

Richards: Netted the opener

Port Vale maintained their unbeaten start to the new League Two season with a 3-1 victory over Southend at Roots Hall.

The Valiants got a dream start after five minutes when Marc Richards' pinpoint cross from the right picked out strike partner Justin Richards at the far post and he nodded home from a couple of yards out.

Marc Richards then squandered two great chances to put Vale in total control. Both times he found himself one-on-one with Glenn Morris but fired wide when he should have done better.

But the Valiants finally grabbed a second in the 54th minute following a break from a Southend corner.

Gary Roberts released Rigg but his initial shot was blocked by Blues skipper Craig Easton. The ball fell to Louis Dodds who tapped in at the near post as Sean Clohessy desperately tried to clear off the line.

Vale made it 3-0 in the 83rd minute when Justin Richards passed to Marc Richards on the edge of the box and the striker unleashed a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner. Southend grabbed a consolation in the 88th minute when a Soares free-kick was put into his own net by Gareth Owen.

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2 Wycombe Wanderers 15 29
3 Burton Albion 15 28
4 Shrewsbury Town 15 27
5 Bury 15 27
6 Plymouth Argyle 15 26
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8 Morecambe 14 23
9 Southend United 15 22
10 Cheltenham Town 15 22
11 Cambridge United 15 21
12 AFC Wimbledon 15 20
13 Portsmouth 15 20
14 Stevenage 15 20
15 Accrington Stanley 15 20
16 Exeter City 14 19
17 Mansfield Town 15 19
18 Northampton Town 15 18
19 Oxford United 15 16
20 Carlisle United 15 15
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 15 15
22 York City 15 12
23 Tranmere Rovers 15 11
24 Hartlepool United 15 11