Chesterfield slip up but still ride high

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Last season Chesterfield escaped relegation by one point, but Roy McFarland's side clearly intend to conduct this season's business at the opposite end of the table. A 2-2 draw with the Milton Keynes Dons kept them second in the Coca-Cola League One.

Last season Chesterfield escaped relegation by one point, but Roy McFarland's side clearly intend to conduct this season's business at the opposite end of the table. A 2-2 draw with the Milton Keynes Dons kept them second in the Coca-Cola League One.

Just after the half-hour, Tcham N'Toya's fifth goal of the season put the Spireites ahead and three minutes after the re-start Aaron Downes doubled the lead. But Izale McLeod pulled a goal back, and two minutes from the end Wade Small equalised.

At this early stage of the season, a win can do wonders for a club's League standing. Witness yesterday's victories for Port Vale and Swindon Town.

Vale's 2-0 win at Bradford City, goals courtesy of Billy Paynter and Jeff Smith, lifted them to third in the table while Swindon's fine 1-0 win at Colchester United thanks to Sam Parkin's fourth goal of the season, moved them up from 11th to sixth.

Two of the sides to miss out in the play-offs last season, Bristol City and Hartlepool United, are stuttering into life. Bristol followed last Monday's defeat of Brentford with a 1-0 win at Peterborough United, Leroy Lita scoring the game's only goal, while Pool were trailing 1-0 at home to Barnsley when the Tykes had Tony Vaughan sent off. Adam Boyd made them pay the price with a 77th-minute leveller, his fourth goal this season. At Griffin Park, Brentford beat Bournemouth 2-1 to move into the top half of the table and Doncaster eased past Walsall 3-1.

At the bottom, promoted Torquay United earned their first League win of the season, Martin Gritton scoring both goals in the 2-0 victory at Stockport County.

In League Two the top two, Scunthorpe United and Bristol Rovers, both drew and remain separated only by goal difference, but Yeovil Town's late 1-0 win over Swansea City lifted them to fourth. Leyton Orient's 2-1 win at Kidderminster took them up to sixth.

Lincoln City reached the play-offs last season and started slowly this term, but a 1-0 win at Bury, Matt Bloomer scoring on the stroke of half-time, was a promise of better things as they moved out of the bottom two. Southend are improving too, a thumping 4-1 win at Rushden making nonsense of their poor start.

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