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Posted Sat 21 Aug 10 at 16:57 PM

Rotherham 6 v 4 Cheltenham - Report

Ten goals, two missed penalties and a plethora of squandered chances. The 3,072 supporters at Don Valley were certainly given a treat as Adam Le Fondre bagged four, in a 6-3 win for the Millers over Cheltenham Town. After the visitors opened up a 3-1 lead thanks to goals by Jeff Goulding, Wesley Thomas and Shaun Jeffers it didn't look good for the Millers. The response was electric as the home side steamrolled Cheltenham in the second half. Four goals for Le Fondre were added to by a strike by Danny Harrison and a header by Ryan Cresswell to cap an unbelievable afternoon at Don Valley. Ronnie Moore name an unchanged side for the third league game running after striker Tom Elliott overcame a knock in midweek to take his place in attack alongside Le Fondre. With just four minutes on the watch the away side took the lead with the first real chance of the game. A cross from the right by Danny Andrew was banged into the net at the back post by Goulding leaving Andy Warrington with no chance. Despite the early setback the Millers settled into the game and were level thanks to some deadly finishing. On 16 minutes a neat lay-off by Elliott fell nicely into the path of Le Fondre who surged down the right before smashing the ball home from an unfavourable angle, 16 yards from goal. Straight away it could have been 2-1 to Cheltenham. Josh Low bungled his way through the Millers defence but his finish was wide of Warrington's far post from 12 yards out. On 25 minutes the Millers missed a fantastic opportunity to move in front. Nicky Law chased a long punt forward and put Andrew under pressure. His headed back pass was way too short for 'keeper Scott Brown allowing Law in on goal, but after an initial save by the Robins 'keeper the ball fell again for Law, however he blazed over after a difficult bounce. The Millers paid the price for the miss on 28 minutes. Indecision at the back between Warrington and his defence allowed Brian Smikle to chase a long ball forward. He then squared the ball across the six yard area for Thomas who had a simple tap-in from three yards out. A bad pass by Exodus Geohaghon was again punished as the away side took a 3-1 lead. The ball was seized upon by Thomas who played in sub Jeffers who calmly netted with almost his first touch of the game past a helpless Warrington. A goal laden first half was capped in the 41st minute. Law showed great footwork and control to run from tight to the right wing all the way along the edge of the area, before laying the ball to Harrison, who curled in a wonderful shot into the top corner from 20 yards out. Half time Rotherham United 2 v 3 Cheltenham Town The Millers were given the best possible start to the second half when Low barged over Elliott inside the area. The referee, Mr. Tierney, gave a penalty and Le Fondre stepped up to see his spot kick saved by Brown, but the Robins 'keeper was left helpless as Le Fondre tucked in the rebound. A minute later and the Millers were in front. A Tom Newey free-kick was headed across goal by Dean Holden and Le Fondre stooped to head home from a yard out to complete his first Rotherham United hat-trick. The goals kept flying in as the Millers turned it into a five star performance. A corner from the right from Law was swung into the back post where Cresswell rose to meet the ball which hit the ground and then the back of the net to make it five. On 65 minutes a fantastic cross field pass by Kevin Ellison found Le Fondre who tried his luck on the half volley from 25 yards out, but the ball was saved by Brown. In the next attack Brown wasn't so lucky. Another free-flowing move by the Millers resulted in Law playing the ball wide to Le Fondre lurking just outside the area. After a touch to steady himself he fired across Brown who could only help the ball into the bottom corner to hand Le Fondre his fourth of the game. The away side responded and after Jeffers had smashed a post the rebound was hammered towards goal into a ruck of Millers players resulting in a spot kick for an apparent hand ball. Thomas stepped up from 12 yards but Warrington guessed the right way and made a sprawling stop to his left. Cheltenham had the honour of ending the scoring when Keith Lowe headed in a consolation in the last minute to end an unforgettable game at Don Valley. Full time Rotherham United 6 v 4 Cheltenham Town Rotherham: Warrington ; Holden, Geohaghon, Cresswell, Newey, Law, J.Taylor, Harrison, Ellison (Warne 76), Elliott (Marshall 72), Le Fondre. Subs not used: Annerson, Green, Ashworth, Darley, Bradley. Cheltenham: Brown, Andrew, Lowe, Elliott, Bird, Smikle, Pook, Artus, Low (Melligan 78), Goulding (Jeffers 34), Thomas (Shroot 78) Subs not used: Lloyd-Weston, Gallinagh, Watkins, Haynes. Attendance: 3072 (146).          

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