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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 Wycombe Wanderers 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13