Date: 16th August 2008 at 5:39pm
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There’s no change at either end of League Two after the second round of fixtures.

There was only two home victories in the whole division as last season’s trend of havfing more success on the road seemed set to continue.

At Deepdale, the Barnet fans who had made the long journey north looked to have been rewarded for their commitment after three minutes when Adam Birchall put the visitors aside. However, their hosts were in no mood to go in at the break behind as Adam Rundle (39) and Chris Dagnall (45) put Rochdale 2-1 up at the break. Former Halifax Town striker (and one-time Stuart McCall target) Jon Shaw rounded things off in the 72nd minute as the Lancastrians won 3-1.

Brentford were the only other side to give their home supporters a victory and what a result they offered up to their fans. Glenn Poole put the icing on the cake with a 60th minute strike against visitors Grimsby. However, the ingredients for success had been put together in the first half as two goals from Charlie MacDonald (27 and 45) either side of a strike from Nathan Elder (38) put the hosts 3-0 up at half time.

It was a day of goals at most of the League Two grounds with only one game, the fixture between Notts County and Darlington finishing goalless.

The other draw in League Two was between Aldershot, who nevertheless continue to sit proudly in 4th spot and points deducted Bournemouth. For the second week in a row the Cherries match involved a late goal but this time they were the ones celebrating as Reneil Sappleton cancelled out Louis Soares 63rd minute opener.

It was a better day for the other teams on negative points. Luton got their first 3 points of the season with a win at Gillingham, Sam Parkin’s 3rd minute goal proving to be enough.

Whilst the Hatters are now on -27 points they are still 16 points from safety after Rotherham secured their third victory in a week with a 3-1 victory at the seaside. Mark Lynch (8) and Ryan Taylor (40) had put the visitors 2-0 up at half time before Morecambe pulled one back through Neil Wainwright in the 77th minute to set up a frantic finale. Unfortunately for the hosts it was Mark Lynch who bagged his second and secured the three points for the visitors from South Yorkshire.

The league leaders Dagenham & Redbridge also enjoyed a 3-1 victory away from home. It was Lenell John-Lewis (8) who opened the scoring at Sincil Bank but it was to prove a false hope for a Lincoln City side that has so far failed to live up to its pre-season hype as they were blown away in the second half. A Ben Strevens double on 67 and 79 put the visitors ahead before Paul Benson piled on the misery with a third in the 90th minute.

Last week Chesterfield had won 3-1 but visitors Bury built on last week’s opening day victory by inflicting that scoreline on their hosts. All their goals were scored in the first half with Ben Futcher signalling the guest’s intent with a goal in the 4th minute. Efe Sodje (27) and Andrew Morrell (40) made the points sure before Lloyd Kerry (53) gave the home fans some hope of a fightback. It was never to materialise.

Hapless Chester will be concerned that their form from the end of last season seems to be spilling over into this as they lost again. However, they will be glad that they only shipped two against Wycombe Wanderers. Mousinho opened the scoring in the 26th minute before a 67th minute penalty from Scott McGleish rounded things off.

After last week’s opening day victory at Luton, Port Vale couldn’t translate that form at home. Goals at either end of the game from Accrington Stanley saw the plaudits going to the Fraser Eagle stadium. Ian Craney scored after 3 minutes before Paul Mullin made sure of the points one minute from full time.

The pre-season favourites Shrewsbury maintained their perfect start to the season with a 1-0 victory at St James’ Park. Exeter City would have been hoping their first home league fixture in five years would have had a better outcome and by all accounts were unlucky to lose to Paul Murray’s 71st strike.

And what of the Bantams? Macclesfield Town had had a great victory on Tuesday but were unable to repeat that level of performance as Bradford City dominated their game. It only took Peter Thorne ten minutes to take off from where he started the previous week and four minutes later he had doubled his club’s advantage and his personal tally for the season as the Bantams moved up to third in the table.

Four clubs have a 100% record, it’s great that one of those should be Stuart McCall’s men.