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Vale Park (ATT 5,541) 17th September 2011 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: P Gibbs

Port Vale Port Vale vs Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury

Port Vale 2

B Williamson (26, 81)

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Shrewsbury 3

M Morgan (3)
M Wright (14)
L Ainsworth (50)

Shrews edge five-goal thriller

Last Updated: 17/09/11 4:26pm

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Morgan: Curled in the opener for Shrewsbury

Morgan: Curled in the opener for Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury earned their fifth win in six League Two games as they held on for a 3-2 victory at fellow high flyers Port Vale.

Marvin Morgan curled in the opener with a brilliant individual effort from 15 yards after leaving Vale defenders Gareth Owen and Mike Green for dead in the third minute.

And winger Mark Wright doubled their advantage inside the opening 15 minutes by placing a cool finish beyond Chris Martin after racing clear from Joe Jacobson's precise pass.

Vale raced back into contention before the break when Ben Williamson lobbed his first goal for the club over advancing goalkeeper Ben Smith after latching onto a pass from Adam Yates.

But Vale centre-back John McCombe was forced off in the 49th minute and Shrewsbury extended their lead a minute later when Lionel Ainsworth hammered home a low cross from Wright.

Vale pulled a goal back nine minutes from time when Williamson headed his second from six yards after good work by Tom Pope, but the visitors held firm in the tense closing stages.

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2 Wycombe Wanderers 23 44
3 Burton Albion 23 43
4 Luton Town 23 42
5 Newport County AFC 23 40
6 Southend United 23 39
7 Plymouth Argyle 23 37
8 Bury 23 37
9 Exeter City 24 37
10 Stevenage 23 34
11 AFC Wimbledon 23 33
12 Morecambe 23 33
13 Accrington Stanley 22 30
14 Cambridge United 23 29
15 Portsmouth 23 28
16 Oxford United 23 28
17 Mansfield Town 23 27
18 York City 23 26
19 Cheltenham Town 23 25
20 Northampton Town 23 24
21 Carlisle United 23 24
22 Tranmere Rovers 23 22
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 23 22
24 Hartlepool United 23 14