Port Vale 7-2 Morecambe

Louis Dodds and Justin Richards both hit hat-tricks as Port Vale destroyed woeful Morecambe.

A fine Dodds shot and a Marc Richards lob made it 2-0 but a 20-yard Phil Jevons strike gave the visitors hope.

Justin Richards raced clear to add Vale's third and he grabbed his second with a rising strike before the break.

Poor defending gifted Dodds his second and a curling shot sealed his treble, and despite James Spencer's strike, Justin Richards side-footed a seventh.

But despite the thumping win, Vale must rely on a mathematical miracle to reach the play-offs.

Torquay, Stevenage and Gillingham would all have to lose and Vale would need to make up a goal difference of 17 in the final game.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Port Vale caretaker manager Mark Grew told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I've never won 7-2 and ever been so disappointed in all of my life.

"We could have won by a cricket score if we'd have taken our chances.

"Whatever's happened today, I'm still disappointed that we've not given ourselves a chance to go to Barnet (on the final day of the season) and get in the play-offs."

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