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Vale burst sinks Salisbury

Port Vale netted three times during the final 12 minutes to see off non-league Salisbury 4-1 and book their spot in the third round of the FA Cup.

Tom Pope, Rob Taylor and Ben Williamson all found the back of the net late in the game at Vale Park, after Dan Fitchett had levelled matters for Salisbury after 64 minutes, following Chris Robertson's first half strike for the League One hosts.

The visitors had held their own for much of the first half, despite trailing to Robertson's effort on 24 when the defender latched onto a deflected pass to fire Vale ahead with a low 10-yard shot.

Fitchett grabbed a deserved equaliser as Vale failed to clear Elliott Frear's free-kick, forcing the ball home from close range at the second attempt after his initial effort had been saved by keeper Sam Johnson.

And that was the way it remained until Pope met Taylor's assist to head Vale back in front from 10 yards in the 78th minute.

Three minutes later Pope returned the compliment by setting up Taylor to fire the ball just inside keeper Will Puddy's left-hand post from 15 yards.

And with 90 minutes on the clock, Williamson added a fourth with low strike inside the box.