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Posted Tue 02 Nov 10 at 21:47 PM

Rotherham 1 v 1 Macclesfield - Report

Rotherham United had Adam Le Fondre to thank for a late leveller after the Millers played out a 1-1 draw against Macclesfield Town. With the Millers trailing to a Tyrone Barnett strike on 84 minutes it needed the poaching instincts of Le Fondre to scramble an equaliser to earn the Millers a share of the spoils. Captain Ryan Cresswell returned from a back injury to replace the departed Exodus Geohaghon and partner Nick Fenton in defence, whilst Danny Harrison returned in place of the injured Mark Randall. In torrential rain and difficult conditions at Don Valley Stadium, the Millers had the first shot of the game on four minutes. Ryan Taylor held up the ball superbly and, helped by a defensive slip, set Le Fondre free. His first touch set him up nicely to shoot from 25 yards, but he fired narrowly wide of Jose Veiga's right hand post. Despite several flowing counter attacks, the Millers had to wait until the 15th minute to test Veiga. A loose ball was picked up by Kevin Ellison 30 yards out in a central position, and with plenty of time to set himself, he fired a powerful effort at goal, but Veiga did well to hold onto the greasy ball. The Millers continued to enjoy the majority of possession but struggled to create any clear-cut chances. Ryan Taylor had the next effort of note, when he burst into to penalty area but his shot appeared to take a deflection to carry it over the crossbar. Rotherham were getting closer, and on 35 minutes Ellison against forced Veiga into a decent save. Le Fondre fed Ellison, who had moved into a central position, but his shot under pressure from 18 yards was comfortably held by the 'keeper. Half time
Rotherham United 0 v 0 Macclesfield Town Macclesfield came straight out of the blocks at the start of the second half with Hamza Bencherif testing Andy Warrington on the greasy surface with a 35 yard drive, which the Millers' stopper pushed away low to his right. The Millers had the majority of the play but struggled to create any meaningful chances. On 57 minutes it was the visitors who had the next half-chance when Tyrone Barnett shot on the turn from 25 yards but it flashed over Warrington's bar. A minute later a Lewis Chalmers corner was headed wide at the near post by Nat Brown. Ryan Taylor showed a deft touch on 65 minutes to lay a long pass by Johnny Mullins into the path of sub Paul Warne, but the veteran striker rushed his shot slamming the ball high and wide of the Macclesfield goal. Ryan Taylor was involved again on 69 minutes when he received a pass from Jason Taylor with his back to goal on the edge of the area. The striker showed good footwork and movement to spin his marker but scuffed his shot under pressure leaving Veiga to make a comfortable save. Macclesfield missed a decent chance on 76 minutes when Aristote Nsiala broke down the right before crossing into the middle where Vinny Mukendi glanced his header wide from eight yards out. On 79 minutes the Millers recorded their best two chances of the match. Marcus Marshall surged down the right before crossing into the near post where Ryan Taylor's diving header smacked the post. Straight after the ball was laid to Le Fondre on the edge of the area whose shot was brilliantly tipped over by Veiga. With six minutes remaining the Silkmen snatched the lead. Sub Colin Daniel played a neat one-two with Barnett who ran through on goal to fire beyond the despairing dive of Warrington. A minute later the Millers levelled. A deep cross to the far post was nodded down to the edge of the area by Tom Elliott. Harrison scrambled the ball into the six yard box where Le Fondre squeezed the ball home after a melee in the area. With a minute to go a Tom Newey corner was headed just beyond the far post by Cresswell who attacked the ball at the near post. Full time
Rotherham United 1 v 1 Macclesfield Town Rotherham United: Warrington; Mullins, Cresswell, Fenton, Newey, Law (Marshall 61), Harrison, J. Taylor, Ellison (Warne 61), R. Taylor (Elliott 81), Le Fondre. Subs not used: Brogan, Green, Ashworth, Annerson. Macclesfield Town: Veiga; Tremarco, Bencherif, Brown, Morgan, Chalmers, Draper, Nsiala, Bolland, Barnett, Mukendi (Daniel 76). Subs not used: Cudworth, Wedgbury, Lowe, Hamshaw, Sappleton, Reid. Attendance: 2,548 (59).

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