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Rendell goal sets up Wycombe win

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Debutant Scott Rendell's cool penalty and substitute Jon-Paul Pittman's late solo goal gave Wycombe a 2-0 victory over Morecambe.

Rendell somehow headed Kevin Betsy's cross wide but made amends from the spot after Matt Bloomfield had been tripped in the box by Chris Shuker. Ben Strevens curled a 20-yard shot against the crossbar before Pittman sealed the win with a sublime 25-yarder.

Blair Sturrock stepped off the substitute's bench to secure a 1-1 draw with Stockport County for his father's Southend side.

George Connelly appeared to have grabbed a controversial winner for Stockport when he scored from a seemingly offside position. Paul Sturrock was sent to the stands for his complaints but saw son Blair net from a corner.

Paul Buckle's young Torquay side sent out an early-season warning that they mean business when three goals in six minutes crushed Northampton 3-0

Left-back Kevin Nicholson got the ball rolling with a thumping drive before Danny Stevens teed-up Chris Zebroski to double Torquay's tally. And a brilliant passing move resulted in Lee Mansell releasing striker Elliot Benyon for the third.

Port Vale showed their promotion credentials by kicking off their season with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Bury. The Valiants are looking to build on last season's 10th-placed finish and claimed a deserved victory through a rare goal by left-back Lee Collins. Marc Richards knocked a Gary Roberts corner down for Collins to lash home from 10 yards.

Chesterfield celebrated a 2-1 victory over Barnet at their new £13millon home but had striker Craig Davies sent off.

Dwayne Mattis tapped in and Jack Lester curled home after turning a defender before Glenn Poole replied from 20 yards.

Steve Kabba was then caught by Davies who saw red as Kabba was stretchered off with what appeared to be a serious injury.

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