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Vale Park (ATT 5,009) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Port Vale Port Vale vs Carlisle United Carlisle

Port Vale 2

B Williamson (56)
T Pope (61)

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Carlisle 1

C Meppen-Walter (39)

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Last Updated: 08/03/14 7:08pm

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Ben Williamson: Amongst the goals

Ben Williamson: Amongst the goals

Port Vale strikers Ben Williamson and Tom Pope scored in the space of five second-half minutes to secure a 2-1 win over Carlisle.

The visitors were unable to hold on to the half-time advantage given to them by Courtney Meppen-Walter's goal six minutes before the break.

Vale made the early running and should have taken a 16th-minute lead when Williamson headed over from Jack Grimmer's cross.

But Carlisle gradually got into the contest and it took a decent save by home goalkeeper Chris Neal to keep out a 37th-minute shot from Lee Miller.

Neal was left helpless two minutes later, however, when Courtney Meppen-Walter buried a 10-yard header inside his near post after James Berrett floated over a free-kick from the right flank.

Carlisle looked likely to extend their lead in the early stages of the second period as Neal made fine saves to deny Danny Redmond and Liam Noble.

But the game turned in the 56th minute when Williamson drove a low, right-foot shot inside Jordan Pickford's right-hand post from 12 yards out after cutting in from the left side of the penalty area.

Jennison Myrie-Williams then struck a post before crossing from the left for Pope to head high into the roof of the net after 61 minutes.

Pope had a 77th-minute header tipped against the woodwork by by Pickford and Miller squandered a clear chance to earn Carlisle a point late on.

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2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
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6 Rochdale 21 31
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8 Bradford City 21 30
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11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
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17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19