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Luke McCormick debut is spoiled by Leonard

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

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Former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick played his first game in the Football League for nearly five years on Saturday.

McCormick made his debut for Oxford United in their npower League Two 1-0 defeat away to Paul Sturrock’s Southend United side.

The 29-year-old signed for Oxford from Truro City last week. He was beaten by an 85th-minute goal from the Essex team’s Plymouth-born midfielder Ryan Leonard, another former Argyle player.

Prior to Saturday’s outing, McCormick’s last League game was Argyle’s 1-0 defeat at Wolves in the Championship in May 2008. Oxford will play the Pilgrims at Home Park on February 16.

Port Vale overhauled Gillingham at the top of League Two with a 3-0 win over ten-man Accrington Stanley.

Lee Hughes scored twice on his home debut for the Valiants after the visitors saw Charlie Barnett sent off in the fourth minute for a poor challenge on Daniel Jones.

Former Plymouth defender Darren Purse, also on his Vale Park debut, was the hosts’ other scorer. Gillingham have a game in hand on Vale, and they take on Wycombe Wanderers tonight.

Burton Albion slipped out of the top three after they were reduced to ten men in their drew 1-1 against AFC Wimbledon. Zander Diamond was sent off in the 76th minute after Michael Symes had cancelled out Wimbledon’s lead earned by former Exeter City striker Gary Alexander.

Rotherham United climbed up the table as they beat Northampton Town 3-1. Daniel Nardiello, another former Exeter striker, Ben Pringle and Michael O’Connor scored for the Millers before Clarke Carlisle netted a consolation goal for the Cobblers.

Morecambe eased to a comfortable 4-1 win over York City on their first visit to Bootham Crescent. Lewis Alessandra put Morecambe ahead before Jason Walker equalised from the penalty spot. Kevin Ellison then put the Shrimps back in front before Jack Redshaw scored twice in the last three minutes of the game.

Rochdale drew 1-1 with Chesterfield. Bobby Grant scored the equaliser for the home side before being sent off, after Jay O’Shea had put Chesterfield ahead.

Fleetwood Town drew 2-2 against Bradford City at Highbury Stadium. Alan Goodall headed the hosts into the lead in the first half before scores from Nahki Wells and former Argyle winger Ryan Dickson saw the Bantams edge ahead. However, the points were shared when James Hanson was adjudged to have handled the ball, and Jon Parkin levelled from the penalty spot.

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