RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season
The end of the season was drawing near and it was still possible for Rotherham United to get into the play-offs. Not bad for a team who started on minus seventeen.
April was another month of two games a week and after the long trip to Luton on a Tuesday night a second trip of the season to the Recreation Ground to take on Aldershot came the following Saturday. Reuben Reid scored the only goal of the game which gave the Millers a fifth consecutive away league victory. The next Tuesday was yet another long trip to Barnet where Paul Furlong scored two goals to send the Millers home with their tails between their legs. The next team to come to Don Valley was Notts County and Mark Hudson and Reuben Reid put the Millers in front before ex Miller loanee, Jonathon Forte pulled one back for County.
On Easter Monday the Millers had to settle for a point in a 0-0 draw at Vale Park. Shrewsbury and Morecambe came to Don Valley with the Shrews getting their first away win since August. Nick Chadwick put the away team in the lead just before half-time with Ryan Taylor pulling one back for the Millers in the second half. But just five minutes later the Shrews were back in the lead when Ian Sharps inadvertently put the ball in his own net. The Millers got back to winning ways against Morecambe. Rotherham led at half-time with a goal from Ryan Taylor but Morecambe came back ten minutes into the second half with a side footed shot into the net by O`Carroll. It was half an hour before Jason Taylor, getting his first goal for the club, put the Millers back in front and Mark Burchill put away a penalty with a couple of minutes to go. On the ninety minute mark Morecambe got a consolation goal from Bentley.
The last day in April saw the Millers travel to West Yorkshire to take on Bradford City. The day, which began wet, turned into a beautiful day, although ended in defeat for Rotherham. Peter Thorne scored a controversial goal on twelve minutes. The ball deflected of Thorne, who looked to be in an offside position, past Andy Warrington into the net. The Rotherham players complained bitterly to both referee Mr Hall and the linesman but the goal stood. Thorne scored another goal twenty minutes later to double the home sides lead and Steve Jones made sure on the seventy-third minute with the Bantams third.
To the last game of the season and Exeter City were in town. A win would secure the Grecians a second successive promotion and Richard Logan made sure of that with a header twenty minutes from time. The Millers suffered a further blow when Dale Tonge was red carded after pulling down McAllister as he ran through on goal. Andy Warrington kept the score line down to one as he saved the resulting penalty.
So the season ended with a promotion party at Don Valley, unfortunately, not for Rotherham United. But, looking back at a season that we weren`t sure we would even start, that saw us move from our 'proper` home of Millmoor, that we started on minus seventeen points finishing in fourteenth place on fifty eight points wasn`t such a bad ending, was it?
At the Supporters Club end of season party, Andy Warrington was given the Vital Player of the Year Trophy, being well in the lead from Ian Sharps in second place.
Manager, Mark Robins, said this after the Exeter game - It's disappointing being at Exeter's going up party - it has to be us next year. We'd like us and our supporters to experience it and we shall have a real good go next season.