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Posted Sat 10 Oct 09 at 18:05 PM

Rotherham 1 v 1 Hereford - Report

Rotherham United were held to a 1-1 draw at Don Valley Stadium by a resilient Hereford United side. Despite taking the lead in the 14th minute, the Millers were unable to hold on, and were punished just one minute from time when Gavin McCallum cancelled out Adam Le Fondre's opener. The Millers dominated the first half, and should have had a bigger lead at half time. Le Fondre was at the centre of it all from the off, being brought down in the area within the first minute, but the referee adjudged Danny Blanchett to have taken the ball. On 10 minutes Le Fondre was in again but lost his footing as he shaped to shoot. However, less than a minute later, Kevin Ellison picked the ball up on the left and beat Ryan Green before sliding a ball across goal for Le Fondre to slide home the opening goal, and claim his 11th goal in 12 games. On 14 minutes, Ellison found himself in a similar position but this time opted to go alone. His shot was blocked, and fell to Pablo Mills 20 yards from goal, but his strike hit the outside of the post. The first chance for Hereford came just before the half hour; the Millers failed to clear a free-kick and the ball landed on the head of Craig King, but he couldn't keep his effort down. King headed over again shortly after from Kenny Lunt's cross, after Tom Pope had failed to get his shot on target from Ellison's corner. The first meaningful chance for the Bulls came on 35 minutes, James Walker turning on the edge of the area, but his shot was tipped wide. The Millers were within inches of doubling the lead when Nick Fenton stuck out a leg and hit deflected Ellison's free-kick onto the bar. Half time Rotherham United 1 v 0 Hereford United The Millers began the second half as they finished the first, on the attack. Five minutes in, Pope headed Nicky Law's free-kick down and when it looked like Le Fondre was about to double his tally, Ryan Valentine made an excellent tackle just four yards from goal. Two minutes later it was Green's turn to prevent a certain goal. As the ball came across to Ellison, the full back somehow managed to knock it away from his foot and out for a throw. On 54 minutes, half-time substitute Mathieu Mansett had the visitors' first chance of the half, but his shot was deflected and saved comfortably by Andy Warrington. Hereford fought back in the final half hour, and the Millers' dominance was brought to an end. Ellison and Le Fondre both shooting over from close range was as close as they came to extending the lead. Ian Sharps was called into action at the back when Darren Jones flicked on to the far post and the captain made a crucial block. King volleyed over from distance, and Mills' solo run resulted in a low ball across goal beyond Le Fondre, and just clipping the post. However, on 89 minutes, the visitors' pressure finally paid off. The Millers failed to clear, and Lunt found substitute McCallum, who had time to shift the ball across his body and fire left footed into the roof of the goal. Despite three minutes of added time being announced, Rotherham couldn't find another goal, and will be disappointed that they didn't kill the game off in the first half. Full time Rotherham United 1 v 1 Hereford United Rotherham United: Warrington, Tonge, Sharps, Fenton (Joseph 48), Green, Law, Mills, Harrison, Ellison, Pope (Broughton 66), Le Fondre. Unused: Annerson, Lynch, Cummins, Liddell, Warne Hereford: Bartlett, Green, Jones, Blanchett, Valentine, Pugh (McCallum 82), Lunt, Gwynne (Sonko 71), Marshall (Manset H-T), King, Walker. Unused: Adamson, Rose, Constantine, Done. Report: Ben Shepherd

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