January 12, 2013
Hughes nets Vale winner to down Gills
Port Vale leapfrogged Gillingham to go top of League Two with a 2-1 victory at Priestfield.
Lee Hughes claimed the winning goal on his Vale debut, although the final touch following a goalmouth scramble may have gone in off Gills defender Adam Barrett.
Hughes' strike partner Tom Pope had given the Valiants a fourth-minute lead, heading past Stuart Nelson following a pin-point Adam Yates cross for his 24th league goal of the season.
Danny Kedwell pulled one back for the hosts less than 60 seconds after Hughes' 20th-minute finish.
It was Gillingham who had the better of the chances despite trailing at the break, with Chris Neal saving from Myles Weston and Kedwell's near-post flick almost crossing the line.
In the second half Pope and Hughes, signed from Notts County this week, showed good signs of an understanding as each teed up the other for efforts at goal.
As the hosts chased an equaliser in vain, Neal saved brilliantly from Charlie Lee's header while Weston fired over.
|1 Stuart Nelson||1 Chris Neal|
|12 Andy Frampton||6 Darren Purse|
|26 Adam Barrett||25 Liam Chilvers|
|6 Leon Legge||24 Richard Duffy|
|3 Joseph Martin||2 Adam Yates|
|2 Matt Fish||7 Doug Loft|
|24 Myles Weston||9 Jennison Myrie-Williams|
|7 Chris Whelpdale||23 Ryan Burge|
|4 Jack Payne||29 Lee Hughes|
|20 Deon Burton||10 Ashley Vincent|
|9 Danny Kedwell||11 Tom Pope|
|21 Tommy Forecast||Sam Johnson. 12|
|11 Danny Jackman||Joe Davis 17|
|28 Steven Gregory||Chris Shuker 15|
|8 Charlie Lee||Chris Birchall 26|
|14 Charlie Allen||Robert Taylor 3|
|10 Ben Strevens||Calvin Andrew 16|
|17 Adam Birchall||Ben Williamson 19|
|Steven Gregory for Jack Payne (64)||Ben Williamson for Lee Hughes (75)|
|Adam Birchall for Deon Burton (64)||Calvin Andrew for Jennison Myrie-Williams (76)|
|Charlie Lee for Chris Whelpdale (75)||Robert Taylor for Ashley Vincent (81)|
|Lee Hughes (38)|
|Darren Purse (83)|
|· Squads: Gillingham | Port Vale|