Dale too strong for Shaymen

George Donnelly: On target for Dale

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Rochdale continued their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 win at Conference Premier newcomers FC Halifax Town on Saturday.

Keith Hill's side, who are targeting a promotion push in League Two this season, sauntered into a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from George Donnelly and Bobby Grant before Kevin Holsgrove pulled a goal back for the non-league Shaymen.

Dale's pre-season programme continues at Stalybridge on Tuesday before Blackburn visit Spotland on Saturday.