ENGLISH LEAGUE TWO

The Cherry Red Records Stadium

Referee: G Scott | Attendance: 3395

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AFC Wimbledon

  • Jack Midson 8'
  • Jack Midson 42' PEN

2 - 2

FT

Port Vale

  • Daniel Jones 44'
  • Tom Pope 58'

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.

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Scoring Summary

  • AFC Wimbledon
  • Port Vale
Jack Midson (8')
Jack Midson (pen 42')
(44') Daniel Jones
(58') Tom Pope

Match Stats

  • AFC Wimbledon
  • Port Vale
6(3) Shots (on goal) 13(8)
14 Fouls 12
3 Corner kicks 9
6 Offsides 1
45% Time of Possession 55%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
10 Saves 0

Teams

  • AFC Wimbledon
  • Port Vale
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Toby Ajala (20')
Liam Chilvers (42')
Doug Loft (71')