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The Fans' Stadium Kingsmeadow (ATT 3,395) 24th January 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Scott

AFC W'don AFC Wimbledon vs Port Vale Port Vale

AFC W'don 2

J Midson (8, pen 42)

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Port Vale 2

D Jones (44)
T Pope (58)

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Pope scores again as Vale draw

Last Updated: 24/01/13 10:28pm

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Tom Pope: Grabbed his 27th goal of the season

Tom Pope: Grabbed his 27th goal of the season

Tom Pope's second-half strike salvaged a point for League Two leaders Port Vale as they drew 2-2 at struggling AFC Wimbledon.

Striker Jack Midson's double had given the hosts a two-goal cushion but goals either side of the break from debutant Daniel Jones and Pope extended Vale's lead at the top of the table to two points.

The Dons, needing a win to leapfrog Plymouth into 22nd, went ahead after eight minutes. Jim Fenlon crossed for Midson who swept the ball home from eight yards.

Vale, who had won four of their previous five games, then came close through Ryan Burge who tested 42-year-old Neil Sullivan's reflexes.

But, in the 42nd minute, Liam Chilvers dragged down Pim Balkestein in the box and Midson struck home the resulting penalty.

Port Vale responded immediately, though, with defender Jones firing home from 35 yards into Sullivan's bottom corner.

And the league's top scorer Pope then notched his 27th goal of the season just before the hour, latching on to Mat Mitchel-King's short backpass, rounding Sullivan and slotting home from a tight angle.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 33 64
2 Shrewsbury Town 32 61
3 Wycombe Wanderers 32 59
4 Luton Town 32 55
5 Southend United 32 54
6 Plymouth Argyle 32 52
7 Bury 32 52
8 Newport County AFC 32 50
9 Stevenage 32 48
10 AFC Wimbledon 32 45
11 Northampton Town 32 44
12 Morecambe 32 44
13 Portsmouth 32 43
14 Exeter City 33 43
15 Accrington Stanley 32 43
16 Cambridge United 32 38
17 Oxford United 32 37
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 32 37
19 Mansfield Town 32 35
20 Tranmere Rovers 32 34
21 Carlisle United 32 33
22 York City 32 32
23 Cheltenham Town 32 31
24 Hartlepool United 32 24