Rochdale v Scunthorpe United, 26 August 2000

Score3-2 to Rochdale
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueSpotland
Attendance2,561
Having held First Division big spenders Blackburn Rovers in the midweek Worthington Cup tie at Spotland, Steve Parkin's Rochdale continued to improve to post their first win of the new term and smash Scunthorpe's 100% League record. Veteran marksman Tony Ellis was the first to strike as he guided a right foot shot past Tommy Evans for the 200th goal of his career. In a game that swung one way then another, Scunny drew level before the break when Steve Torpey excelled in supplying a fine cross that was converted by Gareth Sheldon. Shortly after the teams turned round, United scored a second for only the 5th time in 31 games. Michael Oliver was adjudged to have tripped Wayne Graves - Lee Hodges despatched the penalty to Neil Edwards' right. In all, Dale had 19 attempts on goal (compared to the visitors' 9) and they made it tell with a quick fire brace. Tony Ford played in Clive Platt, and the record signing showed good control before letting go a right foot cracker from the edge of the area. Rochdale clinched the points with Paul Ware's first goal for the club. The summer capture from Macclesfield headed home Lee Todd's first time right wing cross with virtually his first touch after coming off the bench.

Goals:

Tony Ellis 35 G
Clive Platt 54 G
Paul Ware 63 G

Goals:

Gareth Sheldon 43 G
Lee Hodges penalty 47 P

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

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Tom Evans
Defender Nathan Stanton
Defender/Centre back Stuart Thom
Defender/Centre back Russ Wilcox
Defender/Midfielder Paul Harsley
Defender/Left back Andy Dawson
Midfielder Wayne Graves
Midfielder Peter Morrison
Forward Lee Hodges
Forward Gareth Sheldon
Forward Steve Torpey

Substitutions:

Paul Ware for David Flitcroft 61
Simon Davies for Michael Oliver 78

Substitutions:

Blaise Mamoum for Peter Morrison 71
Brian Quailey for Gareth Sheldon 82

Cards:

Dave Bayliss 6 Y
Paul Ware 85 Y

Cards:

Lee Hodges 60 Y

On the bench:

Midfielder Simon Davies
Midfielder Paul Ware

On the bench:

Midfielder Blaise Mamoum
Forward Brian Quailey

Comments:

Rochdale have now scored in each of Scunthorpe's 16 visits to Spotland since April 1983.

Comments:

Blaise Mamoum's 19 minute substitute stint proved to be his only appearance for the North Lincolnshire club. League position: 4th