Rotherham United overcame a stubborn and resilient Wealdstone outfit to secure their place in the second round of the FA Cup after a 3-2 victory at the Grosvenor Vale.
First half goals by Adam Le Fondre and Kevin Ellison had opened up a two-goal lead which was halved in the second half by Ryan Ashe. Drewe Broughton restored the two-goal advantage with a header before Ashe again netted late on but it was the Millers who advanced after a tense last few minutes.
The non-league side matched the Millers at the start and it wasn't until the 20th minute that Rotherham threatened. Nicky Law's centre was accurate to the near post where Le Fondre headed just over.
Just before the half hour Wealdstone had a shout for a penalty when Charlie Mpi went down in the area but referee Andy Penn waved play on.
The Millers began to turn the screw and put the home defence under a prolonged period of pressure. On 30 minutes Ellison played in Le Fondre on the angle and his fierce drive was smuggled wide by Stones 'keeper Sean Thomas. The resulting corner almost gave Ellison his third goal from the quadrant this season but his centre hit the top of the crossbar.
The Millers pressure paid off in the 34th minute as the home sides' resistance was finally breached. Thomas was taking a routine clearance when he was closed down by Le Fondre and the ball cannoned off the strikers' back and into an unguarded goal.
On 42 minutes Thomas was again involved when he picked up a pass back resulting in a free kick to the Millers just eight yards out. Law drilled the ball towards the goal but a see of blue shirts prevented a certain goal.
Rotherham only had to wait three minutes until they had a second in some style. After the Wealdstone defence only half cleared a Millers attack the ball broke to Ellison who rifled in a thunderbolt of a strike which flew into the top corner.
Wealdstone 0 v 2 Rotherham United
After a quiet start to the second half, Wealdstone halved the deficit on 64 minutes with their first effort of the period.A quick throw was taken by substitute Danny Spendlove to Ashe on the edge of the penalty area.The midfielder shot on the half volley from 25 yards past the despairing dive of Andy Warrington and into the bottom corner of the net.
The Millers responded well and had a good effort cleared away on 68 minutes.A free kick was aimed at an unmarked Pablo Mills at the far post, but his header was deflected behind for a corner.
Spendlove then created an excellent chance to pull the home side level.He latched onto a long clearance and waltzed through the Millers defence and, with just Warrington to beat, scuffed his left-footed shot wide.
Wealdstone continued to press and won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area after a foul by Nicholas.Lee Chappell's effort beat the wall but not Warrington, who made a regulation save on his line.
Spendlove then created a chance for Mark E'Beyer, but the winger dragged his shot just wide of the post.
After soaking up more Wealdstone pressure, the Millers struck the hammer blow on 83 minutes.Substitute Stephen Brogan crossed for Broughton, who guided his near post header past Thomas to all but seal a second round tie with either Luton or Rochdale.
With injury time approaching Ashe ensured a tense finish for the Millers when he curled in a shot from the angle to make it 3-2.
Wealdstone 2 v 3 Rotherham United
Wealdstone: Thomas; McCoy, Gray, Chappell, Massey, Ashe, Forbes, O'Leary, Mpi (Lafayette 86), Ellerbeck (Spendlove 61), E'Beyer.
Subs not used: Fitzgerald, During, Osborne, Beagle.
Rotherham: Warrington; Tonge, Sharps, Fenton, Nicholas (Brogan 74), Law (Warne ht), Harrison, Mills, Ellison, Le Fondre, Broughton.
Subs not used: R.Taylor, J.Taylor, Pope, Lynch, Annerson.