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Corner from right by-line taken by Jake Robinson.
The official flags Marc Richards offside. Free kick taken by Sam Walker.
Corner taken short by Doug Loft. The referee blows for offside. Sam Walker takes the indirect free kick.
Effort on goal by George Baldock from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
Jake Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith. Stuart Tomlinson takes the direct free kick.
Adam Yates on for Robert Taylor.
Kelvin Langmead produces a curled left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that hits the post.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Doug Loft.
Andrew Little is brought on as a substitute for Sean Rigg.
The official flags Sean Rigg offside. Sam Walker takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marlon Jackson on Gareth Owen. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Johnson on John McCombe. John Johnson booked for unsporting behaviour. (Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Ben Williamson coming on for Tom Pope. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.
Jake Robinson takes a outswinging corner.
Marc Richards has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Sean Rigg takes a shot. Sam Walker makes a comfortable save.
Andy Holt replaces Ashley Westwood.
Corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the right by-line played to the near post.
(Northampton) makes a substitution, with George Baldock coming on for Nick McKoy.
Nick McKoy challenges Anthony Griffith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Doug Loft takes the direct free kick.
Marlon Jackson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Owen. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.
Lewis Young challenges Stuart Tomlinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Michael Jacobs, Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.
Marc Richards takes a shot. Save made by Sam Walker. Corner taken by Doug Loft from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ashley Westwood.
Michael Jacobs takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Stuart Tomlinson. Lewis Young produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
Corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line to the near post, Liam Chilvers manages to make a clearance.
Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Pope. Ashley Westwood booked. Free kick crossed left-footed by Doug Loft from left channel, Ashley Westwood manages to make a clearance. Doug Loft takes a outswinging corner.
Ashley Corker replaces Chris Arthur.
Doug Loft takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Nick McKoy makes a clearance.
Curled left-footed shot by Sean Rigg. Save made by Sam Walker. Outswinging corner taken by Doug Loft, Sean Rigg concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick McKoy. Free kick taken by Sam Walker.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael Jacobs, John McCombe makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Young on Doug Loft. Doug Loft crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Chris Arthur challenges Tom Pope unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Doug Loft.
Michael Jacobs takes the inswinging corner, Liam Chilvers makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line, save by Stuart Tomlinson.
Outswinging corner taken by Doug Loft, John McCombe takes a shot. Sam Walker makes a fantastic save. Corner taken by Doug Loft from the right by-line to the near post, Nick McKoy manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Marlon Jackson on John McCombe, free kick awarded. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.
Ben Tozer concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Taylor. Ben Tozer goes into the book. Direct free kick taken by John McCombe.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Doug Loft from the right by-line, clearance made by Chris Arthur.
Effort on goal by Michael Jacobs from 20 yards. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.
Nick McKoy takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.
Unfair challenge on Chris Arthur by Marc Richards results in a free kick. Sam Walker takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Michael Jacobs, Gareth Owen makes a clearance.
John McCombe fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Port Vale 3-0 Northampton.
Anthony Griffith concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick McKoy. Free kick crossed right-footed by John Johnson from right wing, clearance made by Gareth Owen. Effort on goal by John Johnson from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Anthony Griffith grabs a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Port Vale 2-0 Northampton.
Sean Rigg has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith by Ben Tozer. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Griffith.
Doug Loft takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
Inswinging corner taken by Doug Loft, Tom Pope finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Port Vale 1-0 Northampton.Assist on the goal came from Doug Loft.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick McKoy on Doug Loft. Gareth Owen takes the direct free kick.
Handball decision goes against Marlon Jackson. Marlon Jackson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Taylor struggling for Cobblers clash
Rob Taylor is a doubt for Port Vale ahead of the home game against Northampton on Friday night.
A virus swept through the Vale camp prior to the trip to Gillingham. Defender Rob Kozluk missed the draw at Priestfield last weekend because of the sickness bug. Although he has now recovered, winger Taylor took a turn for the worse this week.
"Rob (Taylor) was poorly at half-time at Gillingham but played on. Maybe it would have been better to take him off then, but hindsight is a lovely thing," said Vale assistant manager Mark Grew. "He is suffering from sickness and diarrhoea. As we are playing on Friday, we have kept him away as we don't want him to bring the bug to the ground.
"He had a rough weekend and, even if he comes back, we have to be mindful that a virus can take a lot out of your body. So we will have to monitor him."
Meanwhile, midfielder Ryan Burge`s absence has been prolonged by upto another 10 days as he suffers from inflammation in a knee.
A goal against the Cobblers would stretch Vale`s scoring run to 15 consecutive games, breaking a club record that has stood since 1958.
Northampton will be without top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa after he suffered a fractured jaw during the home defeat to Crawley last weekend.
The injury is not as bad as the club initially feared but the striker is expected to be out for around two weeks.
Nick McKoy is available after serving a four-match suspension and the midfielder could be asked to do a job up front in Akinfenwa`s absence.
McKoy played for the reserves this week in a behind-closed-doors friendly against a strong Coventry side.
Captain John Johnson sustained a knock against Crawley but the defender has recovered and will play against Vale.
However, midfielder Arron Davies (back and hamstring) remains a doubt.
Vale ease to victory
A dominant first half saw Port Vale cruise to a 3-0 victory over Northampton in npower League Two.
The hosts scored three goals inside the opening 26 minutes as they recorded a first triumph over the Cobblers in seven meetings.
Vale were bidding to set a new club record of scoring in the first 16 games of a season and woeful defending enabled them to do so as early as the fifth minute. The Northampton rearguard stood like statues as Doug Loft's corner bounced into the path of Tom Pope who headed in unchallenged from four yards.
Anthony Griffith rifled in the second with a 35-yard shot in the 20th minute which went in despite Sam Walker getting a hand to it. And a rout was on the cards when the persistent Pope headed forward to set up big defender John McCombe to prod in Vale's third from close range six minutes later.
Northampton stemmed the tide for the rest of the first half, but their dismal night was summed up three minutes after the interval when Lewis Young fired over a gaping net.
Cobblers centre-back Kelvin Langmead went closest to a consolation goal when he struck a post eight minutes from time, but Vale coasted to a victory which lifted them to fifth place in the table.
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