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Spotland Stadium (ATT 2,558) 18th August 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: T Harrington

Rochdale Rochdale vs Northampton Town Northamptn

Dale and Cobblers share spoils

Last Updated: 18/08/12 7:45pm

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Nicholls: Missed a late chance

Nicholls: Missed a late chance

Aidy Boothroyd's Northampton held Rochdale to a goalless opening-day draw at Spotland on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts, relegated after finishing bottom of League One last season, have rebuilt over the summer and fielded six players making their league debuts. But there was to be no winning start for John Coleman's new-look side as they came up against a stubborn Cobblers outfit.

The visitors worked home goalkeeper Josh Lillis with a succession of set pieces in the opening 20 minutes, but Rochdale started to take charge once they had weathered the Cobblers' physical opening.

Ashley Grimes' angled drive shaved the post, John Johnson blocked a goalbound effort from George Donnelly and Phil Edwards' volley through a crowded penalty area zipped the wrong side of the upright.

Rochdale continued to look the more likely winners as the second half unfolded, with skipper Peter Cavanagh testing Lee Nicholls when he met Jason Kennedy's corner with a diving header.

The visitors had a few sighters of their own - Lillis dived bravely at the feet of substitute Henoc Mukendi, while Alex Nicholls should have done better with a back-post header when picked out by Clive Platt.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Luton Town 15 30
2 Wycombe Wanderers 15 29
3 Burton Albion 15 28
4 Shrewsbury Town 15 27
5 Bury 15 27
6 Plymouth Argyle 15 26
7 Newport County AFC 15 23
8 Morecambe 15 23
9 Southend United 15 22
10 Exeter City 15 22
11 Cheltenham Town 15 22
12 Cambridge United 15 21
13 AFC Wimbledon 15 20
14 Portsmouth 15 20
15 Stevenage 15 20
16 Accrington Stanley 15 20
17 Mansfield Town 15 19
18 Northampton Town 15 18
19 Oxford United 15 16
20 Carlisle United 15 15
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 15 15
22 York City 15 12
23 Tranmere Rovers 15 11
24 Hartlepool United 15 11