Mar 18, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Sixfields
NorthamptonNorthampton Town

Ravenhill (48'), McSweeney (66')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Henderson (5'), Lund (54'), Bunney (65')
Lund (45'), Donnelly (81')
Lund (55')

Result: Rochdale beat Northampton Town to go top of League Two

Rochdale ease to a 3-0 win over Northampton Town to go to the top of League Two on Tuesday night.

Rochdale have climbed to the top of League Two by beating Northampton Town 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Ian Henderson managed to break the deadlock in just the fifth minute of the match when he found space inside the box to connect with Joe Rafferty's delivery and beat Matt Duke.

Matthew Lund of Rochdale is shown a red card by referee Mark Heywood after receiving a second yellow card for his celebration after scoring against Northampton on March 18, 2014© Getty Images

Chances proved to be rare for the remainder of the first half, with Alan Connell's coming closest to drawing level for the hosts when he fired over from the edge of the box.

Rochdale started the second half impressively and deservedly doubled their lead in the 54th minute when Matthew Lund converted after finding some room between Northampton defenders.

However, Lund's joy was short-lived as he received a second yellow card just moments later when the referee took exception to how he celebrated Rochdale's second goal of the evening.

The visitors refused to offer Northampton any hope of an unlikely comeback and managed to extend their lead further just after the hour mark when Joe Bunney completed a counter-attack by firing home from a tight angle.

Northampton failed to respond after conceding a third goal and they were lucky not to be beaten by a wider margin as Henderson headed wide in the closing stages.

Ian Henderson of Rochdale celebrates with team mate Bastien Hery after scoring his sides 1st goal during the Sky Bet League Two match between Rochdale and Northampotn Town at Spotland Stadium on October 22, 2013
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