Apr 5, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Vale Park
Port Vale
Burton Albion
Birchall (25'), Pope (56'), Hughes (12', 22' pen., 51' pen.), Williamson (73', 90')
Hughes (51')
FT(HT: 3-0)

McCrory (38')

Result: Port Vale put seven past Burton Albion

Lee Hughes
© PA Photos
Lee Hughes scores a hat-trick as Port Vale close the gap on League Two leaders Gillingham with a 7-1 win at home to Burton Albion.

Port Vale have hammered Burton Albion 7-1 at Vale Park to move five points behind leaders Gillingham in the League Two table.

Lee Hughes headed the hosts into a 12th-minute lead before he doubled his side's advantage 10 minutes later from the penalty spot.

Chris Burchill then made it 3-0 moments later with a low drive from 25 yards.

Hughes completed his hat-trick with another penalty six minutes after the restart, while Tom Pope got in on the act on 56 minutes with a low strike.

Burton bagged themselves a consolation in the 77th minute as Martin Paterson fired into the top corner, but Ben Williamson made it 6-1 almost instantly.

Pope completed the rout in the final minute of normal time when he headed in at the near post.

Port Vale manager Micky Adams during the match against Gillingham on January 12, 2013
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