RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season
Grimsby Town came to Don Valley for the first game of October and went in front with an unstoppable shot from Danny Boshell on the half hour mark. Mark Robins must have given his team a bo -erm - good talking too at half time because they came out fighting and Reuben Reid scored the equaliser after four minutes. They went into the lead with a Mark Hudson goal and twenty minutes before the final whistle, Mickey Cummins made sure with the Millers third.
Four days later, the Millers were on TV against Leeds United who made the short trip from West Yorkshire for the second round of the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy. The visitors had the first shots at goal, with Andy Warrington having to be on his toes to keep them out. But, it was Ian Sharps who got the first goal when his headed looped into the net. Leeds equalised after a great save from Andy Warrington, the ball fell to Jonny Howson who hit the ball into the net from just a few yards out. Just before half-time, the Millers were given a penalty which Mark Hudson took and it was saved by Lucas but the rebound was put in by the midfielder to give the Millers the lead going into half time. Just after half time, Drewe Broughton rose to head the ball into the net to make it 3-1 followed by another header from Nick Fenton five minutes later. Leeds got a second from Enoch Showumni but there was only one Yorkshire team going to win this game. Vital Rotherham voted Andy Warrington as Man of the Match for this game.
The Millers brought a point back from a long trip to Bournemouth after a scoreless game and were defeated at Don Valley, for the first time, the week after by Barnet. Nick Fenton put the Millers in the lead within the first ten minutes only for Barnet to equalise ten minutes later. On the half hour mark, Max Porter was sent off for tripping Alex Rhodes as he skipped into the penalty area, but, for the second time this season, Mark Hudson failed to score from the spot. Adomah then put the visitors into the lead from, what looked like an impossible angle. After half time Akurang got two goals to put Barnet 4-1 up but the Millers started their fight back when a Dale Tonge free kick found Ian Sharps head and the tall defender headed into the back of the net. Ten minutes before time, Reuben Reid was fouled in the area and the Millers got their second penalty of the match and up stepped Burchill to make it 4-3. In the final minutes Andy Nicholas and Nick Fenton had headers saved but it wasn`t to be Rotherham`s day.
Two 2-1 away wins followed this - the first at Bury when Reuben Reid scored in just two minutes followed nine minutes later by a goal from Drewe Broughton and the second at Macclesfield when Dale Tonge put the away side in front in five minutes. The two thousand spectators had to wait until time added on after the ninety for any further goals. Ian Sharps put the Millers further into the lead and a minute later Francis Green pulled one back for Macclesfield. Ian Sharps and the home side`s Jennings got into a scuffle in the ninety third minute and both were given red cards.
The last game of the month was at Don Valley when Darlington were the visitors. The Millers looked a bit weary as Darlington had most of the possession in the game and were rewarded with the only goal on sixty minutes when Ricky Ravenhill was allowed to get free and slot the ball past Andy Warrington.
Vitals` October Man of the Month was a close thing between three players, Ian Sharps, Andy Warrington and Dale Tongue with Sharps and Warrington having to share the award.