January 24, 2013
Pope scores again as Vale draw
Tom Pope's second-half strike salvaged a point for League Two leaders Port Vale as they denied struggling AFC Wimbledon an escape route from the relegation zone following a 2-2 draw.
Striker Jack Midson's double had given the hosts a two-goal cushion but goals either side of the break from debutant Daniel Jones and Pope extended Vale's lead at the top of the table to two points.
The Dons, needing a win to leapfrog Plymouth into 22nd, went ahead after eight minutes. Jim Fenlon crossed for Midson who swept the ball home from eight yards.
Vale, who had won four of their previous five games, then came close through Ryan Burge who tested 42-year-old Neil Sullivan's reflexes.
But, in the 42nd minute, Liam Chilvers dragged down Pim Balkestein in the box and Midson struck home the resulting penalty.
Port Vale responded immediately, though, with defender Jones firing home from 35 yards into Sullivan's bottom corner.
And the league's top scorer Pope then notched his 27th goal of the season just before the hour, latching on to Mat Mitchel-King's short backpass, rounding Sullivan and slotting home from a tight angle.
|AFC Wimbledon||Port Vale|
|35 Neil Sullivan||1 Chris Neal|
|5 Pim Balkestein||6 Darren Purse|
|6 Mat Mitchell-King||25 Liam Chilvers|
|44 Chris Hussey||24 Richard Duffy|
|31 Jonathan Meades||36 Daniel Jones|
|15 Jim Fenlon||7 Doug Loft|
|27 Peter Sweeney||9 Jennison Myrie-Williams|
|38 Toby Ajala||23 Ryan Burge|
|10 Jack Midson||29 Lee Hughes|
|11 Luke Moore||10 Ashley Vincent|
|37 Paul McCallum||11 Tom Pope|
|33 Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz||Sam Johnson. 12|
|3 Warren Cummings||Adam Yates 2|
|7 Stacy Long||Chris Shuker 15|
|8 Sammy Moore||Chris Birchall 26|
|23 Rashid Yussuff||Sam Morsy 18|
|9 Byron Harrison||Calvin Andrew 16|
|19 Jason Prior||Ben Williamson 19|
|Sammy Moore for Toby Ajala (64)||Calvin Andrew for Ashley Vincent (75)|
|Byron Harrison for Paul McCallum (75)||Ben Williamson for Lee Hughes (75)|
|Stacy Long for Jonathan Meades (78)||Sam Morsy for Doug Loft (82)|
|Toby Ajala (20)||Liam Chilvers (42)|
|Doug Loft (71)|
|· Squads: AFC Wimbledon | Port Vale|