RUFC - Head-to-Head v Morecambe
The Millers last visit to Morecambe on March 29th 2008 is definately one to forget.
Rotherham had won the home game v Football League newcomers Morecambe 3-1 at Millmoor the previous October.
Despite being 1-0 down just after half time to a Jim Bentley goal, the Millers hit back in the last 20 through Stephen Brogan (71 mins) and a double strike from Jamie Yates, his first ever first team goals, on 81 and 87 minutes.
However things turned out much different at Christie Park.
5 days earlier on Easter Monday Rotherham had suffered a 4-1 reversal at Rochdale and were looking to avenge this result at Morecambe.
Morecambe again took the lead, this time through Matty Blinkhorn after 8 minutes, but just 60 seconds later the deficit was doubled by Jon Newby, who then went on to hit his second and Morecambe's third on 18 minutes.
Mark Hudson gave Rotherham a glimmer of hope 10 minutes before the break when he made it 3-1, but 3 minutes from the interval Newby netted his hat-trick goal to make it 4-1 and more or less kill the game for the Millers.
Brave goalkeeping by Millers star man Andy Warrington kept the scoreline down to a minimum and Morecambe just added one more after the break through Craig Stanley on 73 minutes to finish the game at 5-1.
Teams at Morecambe
23 McStay (Grand 61)
16 Drummond (Allen 80)
20 Newby (Hunter 83)
19 Grand (McStay 61)
12 Allen (Drummond 80)
8 Hunter (Newby 83)
24 Green (Pettigrew 66)
8 Holmes, P
20 Taylor (Cahill 46)
9 Holmes, D (Newsham 89)
14 Pettigrew (Green 66)
17 Newsham (Holmes 89)
21 Cahill (Taylor 46)
The previous encounter at Christie Park came over 28 years earlier when the 2 clubs were drawn together in the FA Cup 1st round on 24th November 1979.
Morecambe were playing 3 divisions lower down than Rotherham at that time in the old Northern Premier League, and
4,100 turned up at Christie Park looking for an upset.
The favourites took a first half lead through Richard Finney, but a second half penalty scored by left winger McLachlan earned the non-leaguers a replay.
Rotherham made no mistake in the replay and won 2-0 through goals either side of the interval from centre backs, John Green and Paul Stancliffe in front of 5,671 at Millmoor 3 days later.
N.B Rotherham lost 2-0 to Alliance Premier League side Altrincham at Millmoor in the second round.
Teams for both games
SUB AT MILLMOOR. STANLEY FOR CLARKE.
English League Two
29.03.2008 Morecambe 5-1 Rotherham United
20.10.2007 Rotherham United 3-1 Morecambe
English FA Cup
27.11.1979 r1r Rotherham United 2-0 Morecambe
24.11.1979 r1 Morecambe 1-1 Rotherham United
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