League Two roundup: Port Vale assume top spot after Accrington win

Port Vale's Lee Hughes is congratulated by team mate Tom Pope after scoring his team's second goal against Gillingham on January 12, 2013
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Port Vale go back to the top of League Two after beating Accrinton Stanley 3-0, while Cheltenham Town climb into the automatic promotion spots.

Port Vale assumed top spot in League Two as a Lee Hughes brace and a strike from Darren Purse secured a vital 3-0 win over Accrington Stanley.

Cheltenham Town moved into the automatic promotion spots with a 2-1 home win over Torquay, as Keith Lowe and Shaun Harrard found the target at Whaddon Road.

Burton Albion slipped out of the top three as they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-of-the-table AFC Wimbledon. Gary Alexander scored on his debut for the hosts but Michael Symes levelled before half time.

Southend and Rotherham moved into the playoff positions with 1-0 and 3-1 home wins respectively.

The Shrimpers overcame Oxford United thanks to a goal from substitute Ryan Leonard. Meanwhile, strikes from Daniel Nardiello, Kevin Pringle and Michael O'Connor earned the points for the Millers against Northampton Town.

A point each for Plymouth Argyle and Aldershot was enough to move them clear of the relegation zone.

Dean Holdsworth's side are now a point clear after their draw away at Exeter, while the Pilgrims game with Dagenham and Redbridge ended 0-0.

Results in full: AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Burton Albion, Cheltenham 2-1 Torquay Utd, Exeter 0-0 Aldershot, Fleetwood Town 2-2 Bradford, Plymouth 0-0 Dag & Red, Port Vale 3-0 Accrington, Rochdale 1-1 Chesterfield, Rotherham 3-1 Northampton, Southend 1-0 Oxford Utd, York City 1-4 Morecambe.

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