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Spotland Stadium (ATT 2,899) 17th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Haines

Rochdale Rochdale vs Chesterfield Chesterfld

Rochdale 2

A Tutte (pen 29)
S Hogan (51)

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Chesterfld 2

M Richards (19)
G Roberts (65)

Dale and Spireites share spoils

Last Updated: 17/08/13 6:38pm

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Andrew Tutte: Converted from the spot

Andrew Tutte: Converted from the spot

Rochdale held League Two promotion contenders Chesterfield to a 2-2 draw in a thrilling encounter at Spotland.

The visitors, boasting two wins from their opening two league games, started brightly, Gary Roberts testing Josh Lillis with an early drive towards the near post before teeing up Marc Richards for the opening goal in the 20th minute.

The striker got ahead of his marker to meet Roberts' cross and nod a header home from 10 yards.

The home side levelled in dramatic fashion on the half-hour. Referee Andy Haines awarded a spot-kick when Michael Rose was brought down by Sam Morsy but George Donnelly's effort struck a post and rebounded out of the area.

However, Dale worked the ball back into the box where Scott Hogan was brought down by keeper Tommy Lee and referee Haines awarded a second penalty. This time Andrew Tutte stepped forward and converted.

Though Richards saw a shot saved by Lillis before the break, it was Rochdale who finished the half the strongest and Peter Vincenti tested Lee with a fierce drive before sending a looping header against the crossbar.

The hosts then started the second half in the ascendency, Hogan beating Drew Talbot and slotting home his second goal of the campaign after 51 minutes.

The Spireites then made it 2-2 after 65 minutes when Jimmy Ryan lofted a pass over the Dale defence for Roberts to coolly lift the ball over the advancing Lillis.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 43 71
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 Portsmouth 43 54
15 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
16 Cheltenham Town 43 52
17 Accrington Stanley 43 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 43 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 43 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39