RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season - November
The month of November began with the sad news that former Miller, Keith Kettleborough had sadly died at the age of seventy-four.
The first game of the month began with a Sunday match in the FA Cup against non-league side, Wealdstone with Millers Manager, Ronnie Moore, saying, apart from Micky Cummins, he had a full squad to choose from. The Ishmian League side didn`t make it easy for the League Two side and the first goal being a bit of a fluke as the home 'keeper hit a sloppy back pass against an on rushing Adam Le Fondre and the ball went into the back of the net. Kevin Ellison made it two-nil three minutes before the break but Wealdstone`s Ryan Ashe pulled one back just after the hour mark. Drewe Broughton got back the two goal lead on eighty-two minutes but Ashe again scored eight minutes later. But, the Millers managed to hang on for the final whistle and a game with Luton Town in the next round.
In the week following the narrow win, rumours were that Moore was looking at both Gary Roberts (who Yeovil had released) and Enoch Showunmi (of Leeds) and Jim Goodwin (Huddersfield).
Back to the League and the next game for the Millers was at Vale Park where the Millers came away with a two-one win over Port Vale. Stephen Brogan, on for an injured Kevin Ellison, shot the Millers into the lead on thirty-one minutes only for Luke Prosser to equalise five minutes later. In time added on in the first half, Prosser, who had just been booked alongside Nick Fenton and Marc Richards, stopped Le Fondre in his tracks by pulling back his shirt and found himself with a second yellow and an early bath. It took until the ninety-second minute for the Millers to get the extra man to work for them, when Nicky Law got the winner and three points were on their way back to South Yorkshire.
Ronnie Moore signed Gary Roberts during the next week, saying, that although the twenty-two year old had been suspended by Yeovil for breach of club discipline, the defensive midfielder`s attitude was 'first class` and he 'deserved a second chance.`
With Roberts coming in, Jason Taylor went out on loan to Rochdale.
The Millers next trip was the long one to Torquay and a very wet and windy Plainmoor. With five minutes to go it looked like the game was going to be a stalemate until Kevin Ellison scored his seventh of the season followed by a Le Fondre goal in time added on to give the Millers a two-nil victory and their third win in a row on their travels.
Adam Rundle of Rochdale came on an emergency loan on the 23rd November, as it was revealed that both Paul Warne and Dale Tonge had long term injuries.
The next game was on the following Tuesday night at Don Valley against Lincoln City and two goals from Adam Le Fondre gave the Millers the three points that took them into the automatic promotion places, in front of just 2,901 fans, the lowest crowd of the season so far.
The final game of the month was the second round of the FA Cup with Luton Town visiting Don Valley. The visitors went in front on twenty-one minutes when Andy Nicholas tripped Frenchman, Claude Gnakpa in the box and Tom Craddock put away the resulting penalty. In time added on in the first half, Adam Le Fondre put away a perfect pass from Tom Pope to level the scores. Stephen Brogan, making a rare start for Rotherham, put the Millers in the lead on sixty-two minutes only for substitute, Mark Nwokeji to equalise twelve minutes later. Meaning that the Millers and the Hatters had it all to do again.
After the game Ronnie Moore said he thought his side were 'naïve` and that Luton were 'gifted` two goals and ending by saying 'the replay is a game we could do without.` Loanee, Gary Roberts, agreed with Moore saying it was 'two silly mistakes that cost the Millers the game.`
Vital Rotherham`s Player of the Month for November was Adam Le Fondre.
Vital Rotherham Polls for November included -
Will we beat Wealdstone?
Well, not many people had much faith in the side as 40% said No, after a replay and 35% said No, can`t see it! Only 25% thought we would win the non-league side, 9% of those after a replay.
After the win, we asked, How far can we go in the FA Cup and 63% of voters thought we would only get to round two