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Spotland Stadium 3rd August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Bull

Rochdale Rochdale vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Rochdale 3

S Hogan (14)
G Donnelly (50)
I Henderson (58)

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Last Updated: 03/08/13 6:52pm

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George Donnelly: Bagged Dale's second goal

George Donnelly: Bagged Dale's second goal

Rochdale started the new League Two campaign with a stylish 3-0 victory over Hartlepool at Spotland.

Goals from Scott Hogan, George Donnelly and Ian Henderson got Keith Hill's men off to a perfect start.

The home side survived an early scare scare when Ashley Eastham failed to cut out Jack Compton's cross from the left and the ball dropped invitingly to Jonathan Franks 10 yards from goal and his near-post effort was blocked by goalkeeper Josh Lillis' outstretched leg.

The Dale stopper then caught a headed attempt from Anthony Sweeney before the home side took a 14th-minute lead.

Hogan, a summer signing from non-league Hyde, collected the ball with his back to goal and turned past two Hartlepool defenders before slotting a firm shot wide of Scott Flinders.

Henderson and Peter Vincenti both went close to doubling Dale's lead before the interval.

The second arrived in the 51st minute when Matty Lund was sent crashing to the turf by a late Christian Burgess challenge. Referee Michael Bull awarded a penalty and Donnelly slammed home his spot-kick.

Henderson netted the third after 62 minutes, collecting Hogan's through ball before drawing Flinders off his line and clipping a neat finish into the unguarded goal.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 18 35
2 Burton Albion 18 35
3 Luton Town 18 34
4 Shrewsbury Town 18 33
5 Southend United 18 31
6 Plymouth Argyle 18 30
7 Bury 18 30
8 Newport County AFC 18 28
9 Exeter City 18 27
10 Portsmouth 18 26
11 Morecambe 18 26
12 Accrington Stanley 18 26
13 Cambridge United 18 24
14 Northampton Town 18 24
15 Stevenage 18 24
16 AFC Wimbledon 18 24
17 Mansfield Town 18 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 22
19 Oxford United 18 20
20 York City 18 18
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 18
22 Carlisle United 18 18
23 Tranmere Rovers 18 12
24 Hartlepool United 18 12