League Two round-up

Last updated at 22:34 08 September 2007


Darlington brushed aside ambitious

Rotherham to shoot back to the top of

the table thanks to goals by Pawel

Abbott and Greg Blundell.

The visitors opened the scoring on 10

minutes when veteran Julian Joachim slid

through a perfectly weighted pass to

Abbott, who drilled his low shot past

Andy Warrington.

Blundell came off the bench to replace

Abbott and head in the second after 76

minutes from a Joachim cross.

Darlington boss Dave Penney said:

"Before the game I would have taken

point but obviously we are delighted

with the win.

"This is a tough place to come. We

needed something to build on in an away

game and we got that with the early goal.

"We were able to cope with what they

threw at us and then we got the

important second goal.

"It killed off the game and we kept

another clean sheet."

Andy Todd, Stephen Brogan and Marc

Newsham all went close for Rotherham

and their manager Mark Robins said: "We

had 60 or 70 per cent of the possession

but we couldn't open them up and get

the ball in the net.

"Obviously we're disappointed to lose

our unbeaten record but we knew it was

going to be tough.

"Darlington are a good side and they

have spent some money.Darlington have

showed us the way and what we need

to do."



Shrewsbury's hopes of going

back to the top of League Two

were dashed as they had to

settle for a point at Edgeley


However, Shrewsbury boss

Gary Peters said: 'That was

definitely a point gained.

"Stockport are a good side,

but we did deserve a draw.

We showed plenty of spirit."

Stockport just about had the

better of an enterprising first

45 minutes.

Gary Dicker and Adam

Proudlock each went close for

the home side, but itwas

Shrewsbury, needing a win to

go top, who went in front after

25 minutes.

Marc Pugh curled in a great cross for Dave Hibbert, who

headed home clinically from

eight yards.

Hibbert almost doubled his

tally seconds later, but

Stockport evened things up on

32 minutes. Matty McNeil's shot was blocked but

Proudlock was on hand to fire

home the rebound crisply.

In the second half, a Michael

Symes shot was blocked by

Stockport defender Ashley

Williams, while Dicker and

Proudlock each had decent

half-chances at the other end.

Stockport boss Jim Gannon

said: "We've outplayed a team

who were at the top of the

table and should have won

the game easily.

"We played some good

football and showed we are a

good side who will be difficult

to beat."


Dagenham boss John Still

praised his side's resilience after

they held on for a battling point.

Still's men had to dig deep to

claim a point after their early

opener from Ben Strevens was

cancelled out by Anthony Thomas

(above far left) who hit a fierce

strike in first-half stoppage-time.

Still said: "I thought we were

fantastic for the first 20 minutes

but then we faded and I think this

was to do with tiredness. The last

20 minutes belonged to them and

we did well to salvage a point

because they dominated at times."

Barnet boss Paul Fairclough

bemoaned his team's missed

opportunities. He said: "We should

have wrapped the game up before

half-time. I'm disappointed not to

have taken all the points."


Macclesfield Town came out on

top to send Hereford crashing to their

first league defeat of the season.

An 81st-minute strike by Francis Green

clinched Macclesfield's victory after Hereford

had missed several chances.

At the other end goalkeeper Wayne

Brown made two good saves to stop

Macclesfield taking the lead.

Play switched from end to end but with

nine minutes to go Green swept aside

Hereford skipper Karl Broadhurst before

beating Wayne Brown from eight yards.


Doubles from

Paul Mullin and

Andrew Proctor

earned Accrington

their first win since

the opening day.

Proctor scored the

opener from the

spot after being

felled by Tom Newey and Mullin's clinical 48th-minute

header took the home side 2-0 up.

Paul Bolland's fine header put Grimsby

back in the match. But Mullin struck

again in the 69th minute and Proctor,

scored in injury time.

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