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Justin Richards’ goals can keep Port Vale at the top of League Two

| 29.11.2010

Having previously failed to score in 13 games, Port Vale striker Justin Richards has hit a rich vein of form, including netting the winner in the FA Cup tie with Accrington on Saturday.

Having lost the lead at the top of League Two to Chesterfield early on in November, Port Vale are now back at the summit and are 5/2 to win League Two.

Port Vale defender Gareth Owen believes the hard work is finally starting to pay off for his team-mate Justin Richards and believes the strikers goals will be crucial in Vale’s race to win the League Two title.

Fair play to him, he’s not let his head drop and he’s kept working hard,” said Owen.

“He’s a real asset to the team and he and Rico [Marc Richards] always link up really well together.”

Marc Richards has netted ten times in the league for Vale this season and is currently 11/1 to end the season as the League Two top goalscorer.

His striker partner Justin Richards now has three goals in the League this season but finds himself 12 goals behind the division’s current top goalscorer, Adam Le Fondre, and that would explain why he is 100/1 to win the golden boot.

But Justin will sacrifice a poor season in front of goal if it means his strike partner continues to score the goals that can send Port Vale into League One, and the 5/2 for Port Vale to win the league offers extremely good value.

Micky Adam’s side face a relatively easy December with home ties against Stevenage, Barnet and Lincoln City, and trips to Morecambe and Gillingham.

Vale should come out of those five ties with at least 10 points and come the turn of the year, Adams’ side should have strengthened their position at the top of the league.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.