Date:Monday January 3 2011
3 January 2011 3.00pm
Rotherham United closed the gap on Chesterfield this afternoon at the top of League Two after a two-nil win at Macclesfield.
In the opening minutes the home side should have been one up when a Tom Newey header back to 'keeper Andy Warrington was intercepted by Tyrone Barnett only for the Silkmen's striker to sky the ball high over the bar. At the other end a Ryan Taylor cross to the far post found Nick Fenton on his own but the Millers defenders' shot was blocked well by Lewis Chalmers. Fenton had another chance on fifteen minutes when he stayed up after a corner and Newey sent in a cross but he put it just over the bar. A goal for the Millers finally came on half an hour when Marcus Marshall went on a fantastic run down the right, leaving Izak Reid on the floor, and got a good ball to Adam Le Fondre who in turn found the head of Jason Taylor who looped a header over Jose Veiga in Town's goal in front of the ecstatic travelling fans. Ten minutes later Macclesfield had claims for a penalty when Barnett went down under a challenge from Newey but referee, Eddie Ilderton waved play on.
Macclesfield were much the stronger side in the second half and Ross Draper saw a shot go just wide and a Richard Butcher header went straight at Andy Warrington. The Millers were pegged back in their own half for most of the half and only good defending managed to block a good shot from Hamza Bencherif. In a Millers rare attack Le Fondre got a good ball to Mark Randall, on for Will Atkinson, but the loanee from Arsenal put the ball over the bar. With ten minutes to go Le Fondre found Nicky Law running into the box and go down after a challenge by Chalmers but again the referee waved the claim away. Marshall had a shot at goal that was deflected wide and at the other end Warrington did well to save from Nat Brown. But the Millers put the game to bed with three minutes to go when a Newey corner found Johnny Mullins who got the ball down for Fenton who smashed the ball home from close range then ran the whole length of the pitch to celebrate with the Millers fans. In time added on Macclesfield got a throw which was taken long, finding Colin Daniel who volleyed the ball just over Warrington and also over the bar.
Not a brilliant display by the Millers at a very cold Moss Rose this afternoon but three points has moved them within two points of Chesterfield.
Date:Monday January 3 2011
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