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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 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39

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