Date:Saturday May 7 2011
Don Valley Stadium
7 May 2011 3.00pm
Attendance: 3,379 (657 away fans)
Rotherham United finished the season on a high by beating Torquay United by three-goals to one at Don Valley this afternoon in a game that saw the Gulls get a play-off place and a Millers debutant scoring a goal.
The Millers began the game the stronger with Jason Taylor making Scott Bevan in the Gulls goal save from him as early as the second minute and, seven minutes later, Mark Bradley had a cross blocked by Kevin Nicholson before it could reach one of the Millers` forwards. On ten minutes a Dale Tonge throw found Bradley and the Welsh International turned his marker and crossed for Ryan Taylor. Bevan made a reflex save from the ginger haired striker but the ball went straight back to him and he prodded the ball home. Five minutes later Jamie Green produced a good run and an equally good cross in for Ryan Taylor but his header went just wide. At the other end Ryan Cresswell did well to block a shot from Gavin Tomlin and, from the resulting corner, former Miller Guy Branston, who never missed a header all game, headed over. On twenty-two minutes Jamie Annerson, in the Millers net, did well to save from Eunan O`Kane but he was helpless on the half hour mark when Torquay counter attacked with Jake Robinson who got a superb pass through to Chris Zebroski on the edge of the area and his angled shot went across the goal and into the net off the post. Three minutes later the Millers re-took the lead after Bevan failed to hold onto a shot from Nicky Law and Christ Robertson scrambled the ball out for a corner. From the resulting corner, Ryan Taylor laid off a good ball for Danny Harrison and the midfielder crashed the ball home past Bevan. Rotherham should have had a third before half-time after some good work by Law ended up as a corner which Law took and skipper Ryan Cresswell climbed highest for but he couldn`t get it down and it flew over the bar. In the dying minutes of the half Torquay had a good chance to equalise when Annerson came rushing out of his goal but the usually calm Zebroski shot high and wide.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Liam Henderson, on for Ryan Taylor, who took a kick to his foot in the first half, won a corner which Harrison met at the far post but it was an easy save for Bevan. Bradley then had a shot from distance that went wide while Law got in a great cross for Marcus Marshall, on for Luke Ashworth, but the tall winger seemed to panic in front of goal and it went harmlessly wide. At the other end Jason Taylor did ever so well to usher Zebroski away from a forward ball, allowing Annerson to collect. The middle of the second half went very quiet, from both the stands and on the pitch, until the Millers third substitution, Ollie Banks making his debut, on for Nicky Law who had received an injury earlier in the game. Within minutes of him coming on, the lively Adam Le Fondre did some good work and got the ball to the youngster who showed remarkably calmness when he floated the ball over Bevan from a tight angle, to give the Millers a three-one lead. In the last minutes of the game Annerson did well to keep out a free-kick from Mark Ellis.
With other results going their way, Torquay soon forgot about losing today and went to celebrate their play-off place with their fans, and then the remaining Rotherham fans.
Despite earlier warnings a few Rotherham youngsters ran on the pitch and after collecting a few autographs were soon ushered off and the team came out to thank the supporters for the following this season.
So, that`s it. Another season over - and we start next seasons campaign back in League Two.
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Date:Saturday May 7 2011
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