Millers All At Sea
29 March 3pm
After a bad week at the office a day at the seaside is what is usually called for. Unfortunatly, for Rotherham United and their faithful following by twenty minutes past three it seemed to be a case of man the lifeboats and abandon ship.
The home team could quite easily have been two up in the opening minutes but Wayne Curtis twice headed over the bar before the Shrimps took the lead in the eighth minute when Matthew Blinkhorn headed in from a Garry Thompson cross. A minute later Jon Newby got the first of his hat-trick when he received a long ball from ex Miller, David Artell, and saw his shot go in off the right hand post, while the Millers defenders were appealing for an off-side. Newby had another shot deflected for a corner before Thompson again found him on eighteen minutes and this time he held off two defenders and beat Andy Warrington with a sweet-left foot. The Millers first attack came on the half-hour mark but Derek Holmes header went wide and some peculiar defending from the Shrimps let Danny Harrison in who shot just wide. Thompson once again got the ball and left young Jamie Green standing as he crossed again for Newby but Pablo Mills was on hand to get the ball away. Then, the Millers got a goal when Ryan Taylor challenged for a ball that fell to Mark Hudson who shot from twenty yards out to see it fly past Scott Davies in the Shrimps goal. Artell then had a shot saved by Warrington before Newby completed his hat-trick when he received another great cross from Thompson before putting the ball in the back of the net. Just before the break, Newby turned provider and got the ball to Blinkhorn who hit the post when it looked simpler to score.
Tom Cahill came on for Taylor at the start of the second half and he seemed to bring a bit of life to the Millers team. Marc Joseph crossed for Derek Holmes but again he headed wide before Warrington blocked a shot from Jamie Burns, saved a shot from Curtis and, from the rebound, turned Thompson's shot out for a corner. Millers Skipper, Graham Coughlan, had a header saved before, down at the other end, Warrington saved twice from Curtis. The Shrimps fifth goal came on the seventy-third minute when Artell headed down for Craig Stanley who hit the ball through a host of player into the back of the net. Thompson hit a shot just wide before Derek Holmes headed the ball wide from a Peter Holmes corner. Just before the final whistle, Cahill hit a shot across goal that was just asking someone to get on the end of it, but, as was the case all afternoon, there wasn't anyone there.
It's been a terrible week for the Millers and the players didn't seem to be thinking about football yesterday. The only bright side of the whole day was the fans who carried on singing throughout and the pie and peas, which I understand, were great.