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Posted Sat 11 Dec 10 at 16:57 PM

Rotherham 1 v 0 Aldershot - Report

Rotherham United extended their unbeaten league run to five games after a well deserved 1-0 victory over Aldershot Town. Once again Adam Le Fondre was on the scoresheet, netting just before half time after great work from Marcus Marshall down the right to seal the win and move the Millers to within touching distance of the automatic promotion places. Ronnie Moore handed a debut to loanee Will Atkinson along with four other changes.Andy Warrington, Tom Newey and Jason Taylor returned alongside skipper Ryan Cresswell, with Kevin Ellison, Jamie Annerson and Mark Bradley dropping to the bench, with Danny Coid missing out through injury. The visitors had the first effort of the game after five minutes and forced an excellent save from Warrington.Confusion at the back allowed Anthony Straker to capitalise and work the ball to Ben Herd, who fed Ben Harding.Harding sailed past Jason Taylor's challenge and curled a left-footed shot towards the top corner, only to see Warrington tip wide at full-stretch. The Millers responded well and came close through Johnny Mullins four minutes later.The right back intercepted a pass inside his own half and fed Marshall.Mullins continued his run into the penalty area, but couldn't control his header and failed to test Jamie Young. The game went through a scrappy spell with few chances for either side, until Marvin Morgan found space inside the penalty area but failed to test Warrington from 12 yards. Rotherham then responded with an effort of their own. Le Fondre pulled into the right wing position and delivered a low cross to Ryan Taylor.With his back to goal, he did well to turn and create space to shoot, but his effort flew harmlessly over. With the Millers looking to press home their advantage, Aldershot missed a glorious chance to take the lead after a quick counter attack.Herd and Morgan linked up down the right, and Herd's run into the penalty area was halted by Atkinson, leaving referee Mr. Sutton with no choice but to point to the spot.Wade Small stepped forward, sent Warrington the wrong way, but saw his well-struck spot kick rebound to safety off the inside of the post. Five minutes before half time the Millers took the lead.Atkinson cut in from the left wing and passed square to Mullins, who immediately fed Marshall.He carried the ball to the byline and played a superb cross across the face of the goal for Le Fondre to smash home at the far post.It was the best move of the match and gave the Millers the lead heading into the break. Half time Rotherham United 1 v 0 Aldershot Town At the start of the second half a foul by Jason Taylor brought a free kick to the visitors 25 yards from goal. Harding struck the ball left footed low to Warrington's right but the Millers number one saved well, and the Millers eventually scrambled the ball safety. On 52 minutes a cross by Law from the right was powerfully headed towards goal by Nick Fenton but Young tipped over at full stretch. From the resulting corner Young was called into action again saving well from a shot by Cresswell 12 yards out. The Millers continued to up the tempo. This time good work by Marshall resulted in a pass inside to Le Fondre but League Two's leading marksman this time scooped the ball over the bar. The Millers were dealt a huge blow on 66 minutes when, after an awkward fall, the returning skipper Cresswell was stretchered off to be replaced by Luke Ashworth. With 15 minutes remaining Aldershot started to push for an equaliser. A deflected cross by Morgan looked likely to end with an easy tap-in at the back post, but Mullins headed away brilliantly in the nick of time. On 78 minutes the Millers almost had the game sewn up. A flick on by Le Fondre almost had Ryan Taylor through on goal but Young got to the ball first. After doing the hard part he then fumbled the ball in front of him before lashing it straight at Le Fondre with the ball rebounding just wide of the post. Aldershot were forced to play the last five minutes with 10 men after Jamie Vincent upended Marshall on the edge of the box and the Shots' left back was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Late on Ryan Taylor ran through on the angle but his low shot was saved by the legs of Young. Full time Rotherham United 1 v 0 Aldershot Town Rotherham United: Warrington; Mullins, Cresswell (Ashworth 67), Fenton, Newey, Marshall, Law, J. Taylor, Atkinson (Ellison 82), R. Taylor, Le Fondre. Subs not used: Harrison, Pope, Warne, Bradley, Annerson. Aldershot Town: Young; Herd, Vincent, Jones, Morris, Straker, Guttridge, Panther (Ngo Baheng 80), Small (Connolly 90), Morgan. Subs not used: Charles, Fortune, McGlashan, Randall, Clement. Attendance: 2,754 (110).

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