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Vale Park (ATT 5,690) 26th October 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Darren Bond

Port Vale Port Vale vs Gillingham Gillingham

Port Vale 2

C Robertson (47)
T Pope (63)

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Gillingham 1

D Kedwell (13)

Pope pounces to sink Gills

Last Updated: 26/10/13 6:57pm

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Tom Pope: Headed home the winner

Tom Pope: Headed home the winner

Substitute Tom Pope headed his sixth goal of the campaign to give Port Vale a deserved 2-1 victory over Gillingham.

Pope, Vale's leading scorer as Micky Adams' men won promotion last season, struck in the 63rd minute as the Valiants came from behind to win all three points.

Danny Kedwell had put the visitors in from early on but Chris Robertson equalised at the beginning of the second half.

Both sides threatened in a very open start to the game before Gillingham took the lead in the 13th minute.

Amine Linganzi did well to dig out a cross from the left byline and Kedwell made no mistake with a far-post header from just four yards out.

Vale tried to hit back with Ben Williamson, Carl Dickinson and Doug Loft all going close to an equaliser before the end of an entertaining first half.

But they levelled just two minutes after the interval when Chris Lines' right-wing corner was flicked on by Dickinson for Robertson to bury a close-range header.

A Vale onslaught followed and it was no surprise when Pope, who replaced youngster Jordan Hugill at half-time, gave them the lead.

Dickinson lofted the ball into the right side of the Gillingham penalty area and Pope's header flicked the inside of the right-hand post on its way into the back of the net.

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2 Brentford 42 87
3 Leyton Orient 42 80
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8 Milton Keynes Dons 42 58
9 Port Vale 42 57
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11 Sheffield United 41 56
12 Crawley Town 41 52
13 Bradford City 42 50
14 Bristol City 42 50
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16 Gillingham 42 48
17 Oldham Athletic 41 47
18 Colchester United 42 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 42 46
20 Notts County 42 43
21 Carlisle United 41 43
22 Crewe Alexandra 42 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 42 41
24 Stevenage 42 39