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RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season - September

September began with the Millers top of the table and a trip to Paolo di Canio's Swindon Town for a Saturday dinner time TV start. The game was only about ten minutes old when Millers 'keeper, Conrad Logan, was smashed in the face by a flying elbow which resulted in him having extensive treatment, on the pitch, for a broken nose, but, like a trouper, he insisted on staying on, even though Andy Warrington was ready to take his place. The Millers then went into the lead with new boy, Alex Revell, getting a headed goal on twenty-one minutes with Matt Ritchie getting an equaliser for Swindon eighteen minutes later. Twenty minutes into the second half up popped Revell again to head in his, and the Millers, second of the game sending the two hundred and sixteen travelling supporters wild. Three minutes later things started to go wrong when Danny Schofield got a second yellow and two minutes later Swindon equalised for a second time when Alan Connell headed in from six yards out. Ten minutes later Connell struck again to put the home side in front for the first time. With five minutes to go the referee evened up the players on the pitch by sending Alberto Comazzi off for a second bookable offence. The Millers couldn't find an equaliser and suffered their first defeat of the season.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Alex Revell

After the game Millers boss, Andy Scott, remarked that it had been like being in 'a circus' with the antics of Town's Italian manager, saying, 'They were poor and all they wanted to do was roll around and batter people and their bench was like a pantomime.'

A few days later Rotherham Reserves visited Gateshead and lost 3-1

Some good news for the Millers was that Johnny Mullins, who had been out with a knee injury since April, was ready for contact training.

The next game was against Dagenham and Redbridge at Don Valley and the Millers got back to winning ways. A goal on eight minutes from Gareth Evans gave the Millers the lead only for Scott Doe to equalise thirteen minutes later. But Lewis Grabban scored two before half-time to give the Millers a three-one win.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Gareth Evans

Strangely, after this win, Andy Scott was very scathing in his praise, saying it was a 'thirty-five minute performance which fortunately saw us through. It's not good enough and I'm not happy with it and I have let the players know that.' Ed Note - Who needs enemies with friend like this

The Millers next game was a Tuesday evening trip to Accrington which started well when Ryan Cresswell headed home his first goal of the season from inside the penalty area. With it looking like the Millers would be returning to the top of the league, but a handball from Danny Schofield in the last ten minutes on the edge of the penalty area was taken by Sean Hessey who struck it low and hard which went past Conrad Logan and into the back of the net.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Gareth Evans

In his post match interview, Andy Scott said, 'We started well but need to keep it up for ninety minutes. I think we've had a couple of games this season that if we'd played the way we could do for the whole game we could have scored six or seven easily.

A couple of days after this game, Scott revealed that he was hoping to loan out the 'fringe players' such as Ben Pringle and Ollie Banks.

In the next games the Millers had a long journey to Torquay where they let a two goal lead slip to end up drawing with Torquay three-three. The game was only two minutes old when Lewis Grabban added to his tally of goals and Ryan Cresswell made it two-nil six minutes later. On ten minutes Torquay took advantage of a poor clearance which fell to Billy Bodin who smashed the ball past Logan to make it two-one. On thirty-three minutes Grabban got his second and the Millers third but just a few minutes before half-time Kevin Nicholson made it three-two. Just two minutes into the second half, Torquay got the equaliser from Rene Howe.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Lewis Grabban
Millers Player in NPower League Two Team of the Week - Gareth Evans

Andy Scott said that his side made some defensive errors in the game although admitted it was an 'entertaining game'. He also said, 'We are so close to being an outstanding side and I think everyone can see that.'

After the game, Torquay were forced to issue an apology to Millers defender Tom Newey. In their match day programme at the weekend they printed that 'Newey had been fined for inciting fans after a match at Northampton in April 2011,' a statement that was not true and on their official site, the Gulls issued an apology which included, 'this was completely false and we sincerely apologise for any upset or embarrassment caused. And the moral of the story...never trust Wikipedia!'

The Millers gave a trial to defender Stephen Jordan who had been released at the end of the season before by Sheffield United.

On the injury front, Brett Williams was back with his parent club, Reading, having treatment for a thigh injury.

The Chairman, Tony Stewart, said that the new stadium name would probably have a 'water' theme, saying 'Waterfront, Waterview or Waterside are the favourites at the moment.'

The month didn't end well for the Millers when Southend were in town, falling to their first defeat at Don Valley of the season. The Millers were one down in the first ten minutes when Peter Gilbert scored from the edge of the penalty area. Just a minute into the second half Michael Timlin put the visitors two up and he made it three on the hour mark. Three minutes later Neil Harris made it four-nil.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Johnny Mullins

Andy Scott said that the display was 'totally unacceptable' saying, 'My team was out-worked and out-fought and I'm very disappointed and upset about it. The players are well aware of that fact.'

More bad news for the Millers followed during the last week of September when it was made known that Ryan Cresswell would be out for 'some weeks' after getting an injury in training.

The Millers ended the month in fifth place in League Two.

The Vital player of the Month was Gareth Evans, being twice voted Man of the Match.



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Date:Saturday June 23 2012

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