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League Two Top Men: Pope leads line

Thursday 8th November 2012 13:27

Tom Pope: Kept up prolific form for Port Vale

Tom Pope: Kept up prolific form for Port Vale

Tom Pope, Tom Craddock and Robbie Weir form a three-pronged attack in our latest League Two Team of the Week.

Stuart Nelson - Gillingham

Gillingham are five points clear at the top of the table and even when they have not been at their very best they have proved difficult to beat. This was the case in Tuesday's game at home to third-placed Cheltenham, where they came under the cosh at times but emerged with a point. Goalkeeper Nelson played a crucial part with a series of fine saves, including two in quick succession to deny Russ Penn and Kaid Mohamed in the first half.

Luke Wilkinson - Dagenham & Redbridge

The Daggers produced what their manager John Still described as an 'excellent away performance' to beat Oxford 3-2 at the Kassam Stadium. Defender Wilkinson scored their crucial third goal with a powerful header and then helped his team hang on for victory in the closing stages following the dismissal of Kevin Maher.

Ryan Cresswell - Southend United

Paul Sturrock left it up to Cresswell to decide whether he wanted to play against Bristol Rovers following a recent injury and was glad that he made himself available after a dominant performance at the heart of defence, where the ball was 'drawn to him like a magnet', according to the Southend boss. Cresswell also showed his value at the other end with a headed goal in a 3-2 victory.

Sonny Bradley - Aldershot Town

Wycombe must have been sensing an opportunity to get three points when Aldershot were reduced to 10 men after just half an hour following the sending-off of Anthony Tonkin. The deadlock remained unbroken, though, as Aldershot held firm at the back, and on-loan Hull City defender Bradley was a solid presence with crucial blocks and tackles.

Craig Woodman - Exeter City

Exeter consolidated their position in mid-table with a 2-0 success at home to AFC Wimbledon and it was an impressive team effort. Left-back Woodman helped the defence keep a clean sheet and also contributed in attack as his good work helped create John O'Flynn's goal.

Andrew Tutte - Rochdale

Tutte rescued a late point for Rochdale against Port Vale as his 87th-minute goal made the final score 2-2. It was a tremendous strike from the midfielder, too, picking up possession outside the area before rifling an unstoppable finish past Chris Neal from 20 yards and into the top corner.

Clovis Kamdjo - Barnet

Having picked up just three points from their opening 12 games, Barnet have now collected 10 from their last four after a remarkable return to form and are off the bottom of the table. Kamdjo has struck up a good partnership with new joint head coach Edgar David and outshone the Dutchman in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Torquay as he netted the decisive late goal.

Matty Blair - York City

Blair opened the scoring for York against Northampton with a classy finish as he received possession from a long Ashley Chambers pass before flicking the ball around John Johnson and calmly slotting a shot past Lee Nicholls. Blair was later denied a second goal by the woodwork as Northampton had to settle for a point after Adebayo Akinfenwa's equaliser.

Tom Pope - Port Vale

One of two strikers to grab a brace in League Two, Pope kept up his prolific form this season in Port Vale's 2-2 draw against Rochdale. He opened the scoring by coolly tucking away his 16th goal of the campaign, before netting a stunning second. Collecting Ben Williamson's low cross, Pope still had plenty to do as he swivelled into space and lifted a 12-yard shot into the top left-hand corner of Josh Lillis' net.

Tom Craddock - Oxford United

He may have ended up on the losing side but Craddock earns a place in our Team of the Week following his two goals in Oxford's 3-2 loss to Dagenham. His first effort was a superb hooked volley from Sean Rigg's cross, and he then capitalised on a poor back-pass to give his team hope. He could not find an equaliser, though, and Oxford were left languishing in the lower echelons of the league.

Robbie Weir - Burton Albion

Weir completed a fine comeback by Burton in Wednesday's solitary League Two match as they came from behind to defeat Plymouth 2-1 at Home Park. Nathan Stanton cancelled out Paris Cowan-Hall's opener before Weir grabbed the winner in opportunistic style with a headed finish after Jake Cole's poor attempt to punch clear.

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