Date: 10th August 2008 at 8:07am
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The Daggers go top, the Hatters stay bottom after an exciting opening day in the basement division.

At the foot of the table it was a mixed bag for the league’s points docked clubs. Port Vale reinforced the gloom surrounding Luton with a 3-1 victory at Vale Park to remain rooted to the bottom of the league.

And the distance from their nearest two rivals increased as Bournemouth and Gillingham battled to a 1-1 draw. But it could have been a fairy tale beginning for the Cherries after the Gills netted in the last minute.

Rotherham however started well in their bid to win the relegation mini-league. A 1-0 win over much-fancied (by themselves) Lincoln City sees them move onto -14 points.

At the other end of proceedings Dagenham and Redbridge had the kind of opening day performance to savour, putting six past a hapless Chester City (not fielding Eddie Johnson so perhaps that’s fallen through) who in normal circumstances would fear being consigned to the drop already after such a poor showing.

Pre-season favourites Shrewsbury lived up to their billing with an impressive attacking display against Macclesfield. Doing what the Bantams failed to do the Shrews added two late goals to kill off the game and give them a real confidence boost going into the League Cup. Record signing and danger man Grant Holt got off the mark with a goal from the penalty spot.

Also scoring freely were Chesterfield who had Jack Lester to thank for their 3-1 win over Barnet as the veteran grabbed a five minute brace as the Spireites second half performance dashed the hopes of the Bees who had led at half time.

Aldershot celebrated their return to league action with a 1-0 victory over Accrington Stanley whilst Andy Bishop gave Bury the three points in a 1-0 win over Brentford.

New boys Exeter City had a fruitful visit to the North East (their longest trip of the season I think) as they held Darlington to a 1-1 draw. Wycombe and Morecambe shared the same result whilst there was only one goalless game in the division, Grimsby and Rochdale.

For the Bantams it was a first opening day victory in 11 years, no thanks to the referee, as a Peter Thorne brace and a good performance for 70 minutes moved Bradford City to 5th in the table and looking forward to Tuesday night’s visit to the Galpharm Stadium and the chance for a good Yorkshire derby.