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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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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 15 33
2 Preston North End 14 31
3 Swindon Town 14 26
4 Notts County 14 26
5 Peterborough United 15 26
6 Sheffield United 14 26
7 Oldham Athletic 15 25
8 Milton Keynes Dons 13 24
9 Rochdale 14 23
10 Fleetwood Town 15 19
11 Chesterfield 15 19
12 Bradford City 15 19
13 Crawley Town 15 18
14 Colchester United 15 17
15 Barnsley 14 16
16 Port Vale 15 16
17 Coventry City 15 16
18 Walsall 15 15
19 Leyton Orient 15 15
20 Doncaster Rovers 13 15
21 Gillingham 15 14
22 Yeovil Town 15 13
23 Crewe Alexandra 15 13
24 Scunthorpe United 15 12