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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 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39