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Broadhall Way (ATT 2,912) 29th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Stevenage Stevenage vs Port Vale Port Vale

Stevenage 1

P Hartley (61)

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Port Vale 1

T Pope (48)

Hartley bags Boro a point

Last Updated: 29/03/14 6:56pm

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Peter Hartley: Earned his side a point

Peter Hartley: Earned his side a point

Peter Hartley's header earned Stevenage a 1-1 draw against Port Vale but Boro remain rooted to the bottom of the League One table.

The most significant moment of a poor first half was Bira Dembele's raised elbow towards Vale striker Tom Pope, which brought a yellow card for the home defender.

Stevenage thought they had taken the lead in first-half injury time when Francois Zoko headed in Dembele's knockdown from Jimmy Smith's cross, but the Ivorian striker was ruled offside.

Within three minutes of the restart, though, Vale were ahead when Pope nodded home his 12th league goal of the season from a Chris Birchall cross.

Boro responded well as Filipe Morais forced Vale goalkeeper Sam Johnson into a low save and Darius Charles dragged another effort wide.

After 61 minutes Hartley, who replaced Dembele at half-time, headed home Luke Freeman's free-kick to level the scores.

Morais and Freeman went close for Stevenage late on but Graham Westley's men remain in the drop zone after extending their winless run to five games.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
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