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Vale Park (ATT 5,513) 16th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Phillips

Port Vale Port Vale vs Morecambe Morecambe

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Morecambe 1

L Alessandra (63)
A Wright (S/O 73)

Shrimps knock Vale off the top

Last Updated: 16/02/13 6:19pm

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Lewis Alessandra: Scored the winner

Lewis Alessandra: Scored the winner

Lewis Alessandra struck a second-half winner as Morecambe completed a 1-0 victory which knocked Port Vale off the top of League Two.

Morecambe fielded three centre-backs in a bid to counter Vale's firepower and the plan worked well to frustrate the home side in an uneventful start.

The first effort of note was a shot from visiting wing-back Andrew Wright which warmed the fingers of Vale keeper Chris Neal in the 22nd minute.

But that was a rare moment of excitement in an unproductive first-half in which Vale battered at the Morecambe door without forcing Barry Roche into a serious save.

Vale attempted to up the ante at the start of the second-half with Doug Loft and Tom Pope off target with half chances as the visitors continued to sit deep.

But Morecambe did start to show more adventure and Kevin Ellison fluffed a good chance before the all important goal arrived in the 63rd minute.

The Vale defence failed to deal with Gary McDonald's cross from the left byline and Alessandra tapped in the loose ball at the far post.

McDonald then showed his defensive prowess when he cleared Darren Purse's powerful header off the line two minutes later and Vale's pressure intensified after Morecambe were reduced to 10 men 18 minutes from time.

Wright was sent off for a second yellow card following a foul on Ashley Vincent, but Jim Bentley's team, with Roche performing heroics, were not to be denied as they held on for their fourth win in five games.

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Sky Bet League 2

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