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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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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