Shrewsbury go top on first day
While Barnet were drawing at Morecambe, there were some other interesting results in the other League 2 matches on the opening day of the new season.
The other club promoted from the Nationwide Conference last season, Dagenham & Redbridge, went down 1-0 away at Stockport County to a Liam Dickinson goal, 5 minutes from time.
Meanwhile, there were mixed results for the teams that came down from League 1. Bradford City were held to a draw at home to Macclesfield Town, who struggled last season and are many people's choice to go down this season. Former, Peterborough striker, Francis Green put them ahead after 9 minutes, but Bradford drew level just before half time when Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu scored after Barry Conlon's penalty was saved.
Brentford started well with former Torquay striker, Alan Connell giving them a 14th minute lead, but Mansfield equalised 9 minutes later with a 30 yard cracker from Michael Boulding. Chesterfield and Rotherham both played out 0-0 away draws at Chester and Hereford respectively.
One of the biggest surprises was at Adams Park, where highly fancied Wycombe Wanderers were defeated by a 57th minute Paul Mullin strike to give Accrington Stanley all 3 points. Bury also sprang a surprise with there 2-1 away defeat of MK Dons, with two goals from Andy Bishop after Keith Andrews had given the Dons, who just failed to go up last season, a half time lead. Dons' Drissa Diallo was sent off in the 2nd half.
There were wins too for Darlington who beat Wrexham 2-0 at home, despite having goalkeeper, Andy Oakes, sent off in the second half. A goal just before half time by Kevin McBride and a second 18 minutes from time by Julian Joachim was enough to clinch the 3 points. Big spenders, Peterborough had a comfortable home 3-0 home victory against Rochdale with goals from Josh Low, Aaron McLean and Danny Crow.
However, the best performance of the day must be the 4-0 away demolition of Lincoln City by Shrewsbury Town. Both teams made the play-offs last season, but, following a goalless first half, Shrewsbury ravaged the home side with goals from Dave Hibbert, Steve Leslie and 2 from Andy Cooke to go top on the first day of the season.
In the day's other match, Grimsby Town drew 1-1 at home to Notts County, 17 year old Ryan Bennett giving the home side a 12th minute lead before Neil Mackenzie grabbed a point for County 17 minutes later.