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Vale Park (ATT 5,090) 23rd August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Port Vale Port Vale vs Notts County Notts Co

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Notts Co 2

G Jones (11)
L Noble (87)

Notts C edge past Port Vale

Last Updated: 23/08/14 6:19pm

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Gary Jones: Scored a memorable goal

Gary Jones: Scored a memorable goal

Notts County had to survive a second-half bombardment from Port Vale before making it two wins on the spin with a 2-0 victory.

The visitors took the lead in the 11th minute when veteran midfielder Gary Jones scored a goal which must rank as one of the best of his career.

Vale defender Carl Dickinson attempted to head clear, but the 37-year-old cracked a first-time volley from 30 yards and the ball flew low inside Sam Johnson's left-hand post.

And Liam Noble should have capitalised on poor Vale defending five minutes into the second half when he failed to beat Johnson when clean through.

Vale boss Micky Adams had seen enough by the 64th minute when he brought on summer signings Byron Moore and Colin Daniel for Chris Birchall and Ben Williamson.

The substitutions sparked an almost instant response as Roy Carroll made a terrific save from Tom Pope before Moore and Mark Marshall went close.

County's goal then led a charmed life before Noble's 87th minute free-kick from 25 yards deflected off the defensive wall and swerved low inside Johnson's left-hand post.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16