Halifax Town v Rochdale, 28 August 2000

Score2-1 to Rochdale
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueThe Shay, Halifax
Attendance2,783
As much as Halifax might wish they could turn the clock back and start the new season all over again, Rochdale continued to go from strength to strength. In this 133rd Pennine derby, Dale tabled their second win of the Bank Holiday weekend after taking only one point from their opening two games. Clive Platt's early strike soon had Town on the back foot when the big striker planted his header wide of Tony Parks. The Shaymen levelled with Mark Bradshaw's second goal of the term. The ex-Blackpool defender placed a left foot volley past Neil Edwards. Halifax new boy Gary Jones was still striving for his first goal, but it was to be his Dale namesake who settled the issue with a 25 yard drive. The home team's brittle confidence was shattered as a result and the afternoon's entertainment was concluded with terrace chants for manager Mark Lillis' dismissal.

Goals:

Mark Bradshaw 18 G

Goals:

Clive Platt 4 G
Gary Jones 61 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Tony Parks
Defender/Right back Chris Wilder
Defender/Centre back Graham Mitchell
Defender/Centre back Paul Stoneman
Defender/Full back Mark Bradshaw
Defender/Left back Mark Jules
Midfielder Steve Gaughan
Midfielder Craig Middleton
Midfielder Steve Thompson
Forward Gary Jones
Forward Steve Kerrigan

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Neil Edwards
Defender/Right back Wayne Evans
Defender Dave Bayliss
Defender Lee Todd
Defender/Centre back Keith Hill
Midfielder David Flitcroft
Midfielder Tony Ford
Midfielder Gary Jones
Midfielder Michael Oliver
Forward Tony Ellis
Forward Clive Platt

Substitutions:

Ian Richards for Steve Thompson 53
Alan Reilly for Steve Gaughan 82
Ian Fitzpatrick for Mark Jules 82

Substitutions:

Paul Ware for Michael Oliver 73
Gary Hamilton for Tony Ellis 86

On the bench:

Midfielder Alan Reilly
Midfielder Ian Richards
Forward Ian Fitzpatrick

On the bench:

Midfielder Paul Ware
Forward Gary Hamilton

Comments:

Halifax have failed to win any of their five 2000/01 League & Cup games so far, but maintained their record of scoring in each Third Division game. League position: 22nd

Comments:

Rochdale have not lost at The Shay since December 1990 - six visits ago. League Position: 6th