December 29, 2012
Vale edge past Daggers to take top spot
Port Vale climbed to the top of League Two with a battling 3-2 victory at Dagenham.
First-half goals from Tom Pope, Jennison Myrie-Williams and Louis Dodds did the damage as the Valiants moved a point clear of fellow promotion-chasers Gillingham at Victoria Road.
The Gills' home game with Northampton was postponed and Micky Adams' on-song side took full advantage to take initiative in the title race.
Sam Williams reduced the home side's deficit from the penalty spot having been felled by Liam Chilvers, with Pope having earlier given the visitors a fourth minute lead and midfielder Myrie-Williams having doubled the lead five minutes later.
Pope bagged his 23rd goal of the season with a close-range header, Myrie-Williams netting his first goal for five games with a sweet strike.
Dodds latched on to a Calvin Andrew pass to restore Vale's two-goal cushion six minutes before the break.
Scott Doe pulled another goal back for the hosts with a close-range effort with seven minutes remaining to leave a frantic finish, but Vale held on for maximum points.
|Dagenham & Redbridge||Port Vale|
|1 Chris Lewington||1 Chris Neal|
|6 Michael Spillane||25 Liam Chilvers|
|4 Scott Doe||24 Richard Duffy|
|2 Luke Wilkinson||2 Adam Yates|
|3 Oluwafemi Ilesanmi||5 John McCombe|
|16 Kevin Maher||9 Jennison Myrie-Williams|
|17 Luke Howell||23 Ryan Burge|
|12 Medy Elito||18 Sam Morsy|
|19 Abu Ogogo||8 Louis Dodds|
|10 Joshua Scott||16 Calvin Andrew|
|7 Sam Williams||11 Tom Pope|
|30 Jordan Seabright||Sam Johnson. 12|
|18 Gavin Hoyte||Clayton McDonald 14|
|21 Jake Caprice||Chris Shuker 15|
|24 Billy Bingham||Robert Taylor 3|
|14 Jake Reed||Kingsley James 21|
|23 Brian Woodall||Ryan Lloyd 22|
|9 Josh Wakefield||Ben Williamson 19|
|Brian Woodall for Joshua Scott (65)||Robert Taylor for Jennison Myrie-Williams (78)|
|Jake Caprice for Kevin Maher (73)||Clayton McDonald for Louis Dodds (87)|
|Abu Ogogo (15)|
|Joshua Scott (60)|
|· Squads: Dagenham & Redbridge | Port Vale|