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Priestfield Stadium (ATT 6,356) 1st February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Gillingham Gillingham vs Port Vale Port Vale

Gillingham 3

A Akinfenwa (42, 61)
C McDonald (64)

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Port Vale 2

C Robertson (81)
J Hugill (87)

Vale fall short after fightback

Last Updated: 01/02/14 6:56pm

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Adebayo Akinfenwa; Back on the scoresheet

Adebayo Akinfenwa; Back on the scoresheet

Adebayo Akinfenwa's first goals of 2014 helped Gillingham to a hard-fought 3-2 home victory over Port Vale.

An unmarked Akinfenwa connected with Bradley Dack's corner three minutes before half-time to head the opening goal, before the same two players combined in similar fashion to double the scoreline in the 61st minute.

Cody McDonald added a third for the hosts shortly after, as he neatly slotted past Port Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal after another assist from Dack.

However, Vale scored twice in six minutes to set up an exciting finale.

Defender Chris Robertson headed home the first, an effort that the home players believed had been cleared off the goalline by Joe Martin, before substitute Jordan Hugill fired past Gills goalkeeper Stuart Nelson from close range for the visitors' second.

Both sides created good chances throughout and Neal somehow produced a quick-fire triple save to deny McDonald, Dack and Amine Linganzi when the game was still at 1-0.

Vale midfielder Louis Dodds then fired over from close range for the visitors and former Gills loanee Gavin Tomlin hit the side netting with a powerful effort from an acute angle in an entertaining clash.

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1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24