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Spotland Stadium (ATT 3,789) 18th April 2009 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: A D'Urso

Rochdale Rochdale vs Darlington Darlington

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Dale's promotion bid dented

Kennedy cracker sets Quakers on their way

Last Updated: 18/04/09 11:08pm

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Kennedy: Opened scoring

Kennedy: Opened scoring

Rochdale's hopes of a top-three finish were dealt a severe blow as Darlington earned a 2-0 victory at Spotland.

The hosts looked dominant for long periods but were made to pay for wasting chances.

Jason Kennedy's fourth minute 30-yarder separated the teams at half-time. Collecting Pawel Abbott's flick, Kennedy took a touch before sending a dipping, swerving drive over Frank Fielding in the Rochdale goal.

The home side created a number of chances during the opening period, Chris Dagnall twice getting in behind the Darlington defence for gilt-edged chances. He fired the first over the top having brilliantly turned Alan White on the edge of the area, while Przemyslaw Kazimierczak saved the other.

Darlington also went close when Abbott had an early attempt saved by Fielding.

Rochdale started the second half brightly but conceded a goal and the points against the run of play in the 65th minute when Abbott's header came back off the bar and the rebound hit defender Rory McArdle before creeping into the net.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 45 91
2 Shrewsbury Town 45 89
3 Southend United 45 84
4 Bury 45 82
5 Wycombe Wanderers 45 81
6 Stevenage 45 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 45 68
8 Luton Town 45 65
9 Newport County AFC 45 65
10 Northampton Town 45 61
11 Exeter City 45 61
12 Morecambe 45 60
13 Dagenham & Redbridge 45 59
14 Oxford United 45 58
15 AFC Wimbledon 45 57
16 Portsmouth 45 56
17 Accrington Stanley 45 53
18 Cambridge United 45 51
19 York City 45 51
20 Carlisle United 45 49
21 Mansfield Town 45 48
22 Hartlepool United 45 44
23 Cheltenham Town 45 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 45 39

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