McCombe brushes Wycombe aside: Match Review

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Two goals by defender John McCombe gave Port Vale a 2-1 win over Wycombe as Vale moved back into second place in the table.

Vale were the dominant force in the opening stages and Justin Richards should have opened the scoring before McCombe did in the 11th minute.

Rob Taylor's left-wing cross was neatly side-footed into the path of the big centre-back who bundled the ball into the net from point-blank range.

Wycombe were second best, but they were transformed after defender Dave Winfield headed in Stuart Beavon's left-wing corner to equalise five minutes later.

The visitors started to play some attractive football and pose further problems, but it still needed a miraculous save by Nikki Bull from Vale marksman Marc Richards to keep the scores level at half-time.

Both sides went for it at the start of the second-half and Vale regained the lead following Gary Roberts' free-kick from the right flank in the 61st minute.

The ball dropped nicely for McCombe at the far post and his scuffed volley looped up off the outside of his right-foot to send the ball into the opposite corner of the net.

Marc Richards then missed a chance to kill the game off and Lewis Montrose went close to a last-minute equaliser before a fine advert for League Two reached its conclusion.

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Gary Roberts
Justin Richards
Marc Richards
Port Vale
Lewis Montrose
Gary Roberts
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Dave Winfield
John McCombe
Stuart Beavon
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