Vale Park, England

Referee: Gavin Ward | Attendance: 10978

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Port Vale

  • Lee Hughes 12'
  • Lee Hughes 22' PEN
  • Chris Birchall 25'
  • Lee Hughes 51' PEN
  • Tom Pope 56'
  • Ben Williamson 73'
  • Ben Williamson 90' +1'

7 - 1


Burton Albion

  • Ariel Borysiuk 70'

Vale hit Brewers for seven

Lee Hughes fired a hat-trick to tighten Port Vale's grip on a top-three finish in League Two with a stunning 7-1 demolition of promotion rivals Burton.

The veteran striker struck twice from the penalty spot after opening rampant Vale's account with a firm header.

Chris Birchall curled in a third and the Football League's leading scorer Tom Pope swelled his tally to 32 for the season with the fifth, before substitute Ben Williamson scored twice late on as fifth-placed Burton were sent packing in front of a 10,978 crowd at Vale Park.

The Brewers were wilting as early as the 12th minute when Hughes polished off a Daniel Jones' cross.

Then when he was impeded by Zander Diamond, the frontman sent Stuart Tomlinson the wrong way from 12 yards, before Birchall struck with a stunning effort from the edge of the box.

Hughes completed his hat-trick with a second penalty five minutes after half-time, awarded for a trip on Birchall by Alex MacDonald.

Vale added to the rout with Pope rounding Tomlinson to slide in a fifth soon after.

And while Albion substitute Matt Paterson reduced the arrears with a long-range effort, Williamson latched on to Pope's flick-on and drove past Tomlinson before heading in Chris Shuker's free-kick to bring up the seventh in the final minute.

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Scoring Summary

  • Port Vale
  • Burton Albion
Lee Hughes (12')
Lee Hughes (pen 22')
Chris Birchall (25')
Lee Hughes (pen 51')
Tom Pope (56')
Ben Williamson (73')
Ben Williamson (90 + 1')

Match Stats

  • Port Vale
  • Burton Albion
9(4) Shots (on goal) 8(3)
12 Fouls 6
9 Corner kicks 3
1 Offsides 1
57% Time of Possession 43%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 5


  • Port Vale
  • Burton Albion
Yellow Cards
Lee Hughes (51')