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Posted Sat 18 Sep 10 at 17:37 PM

Barnet 1 v 4 Rotherham - Report

Rotherham United became League Two's top scorers after a stunning second half where they rattled in four goals to defeat Barnet 4-1 at Underhill. Goals from Kevin Ellison, Tom Pope, Danny Harrison and Adam Le Fondre ensured the three points came back to South Yorkshire, after Barnet had troubled the Millers at regular intervals during the game. Ronnie Moore elected to name an unchanged side for the third game in a row, despite the return of Pope to full match fitness The Millers almost made a dream start with Le Fondre racing on to Jason Taylor's pass and he forced goalkeeper Jake Cole into a smart stop. With Taylor prominent early on, Ronnie Moore's side were in full control of the early proceedings. In the 18th minute a neat one-two between Nicky Law and Tom Newey saw Law have an effort deflected just wide for a corner. Johnny Mullins then headed over when well placed to score from the resulting Ellison corner. Moments later, a Mullins centre found captain Ryan Cresswell in the area but he could only direct the ball straight into the arms of Cole. Gradually the hosts gained a foothold into the game. A quick throw-in from Ricky Holmes released Jordan Parkes, whose speculative long range drive drifted wide of the far post. On the half hour mark Mark Marshall graced past Mullins and his low centre flashed across the goal, just evading Ricky Holmes at the back post. The Millers had a major let off two minutes later as Holmes blazed his shot wide after a neat cut back from Joe Devera when it looked easier to score. Parkes showed his attacking prowess from full back by cutting in and unleashing a ferocious drive on 36 minutes but his effort from long range again went narrowly wide. Half time Barnet 0 v 0 Rotherham United Barnet started the second half with vigour and had the first opportunity on 47 minutes. Marshall latched onto Steve Kabba's flick but the nippy winger prodded his shot wide. Two minutes later the Millers given another scare. Glen Southam drilled in a fierce long range shot which Warrington superbly tipped away. However the rebound dropped invitingly to sub Clovis Kandjo who stabbed the ball against the bar from six yards out. That spurred the Millers into life and midway through the second period they took the lead. A corner from Law found Cresswell whose header ricocheted off the bar and the rebound was bundled in by Ellison. Three minutes later it was 2-0. Mark Bradley's clever through ball released Law down the right and he then squared it to Pope who was lurking three yards out for a simple tap-in. With the home side reeling the Millers surged forward again. With 14 minutes remaining Law picked out Harrison and the Liverpudlian rifled his shot past an unsighted Cole. But the Bees reduced their arrears on 81 minutes when Mark Byrne coolly slotted home after collecting substitute Glenn Poole's pass. It was soon 4-1, though, as Le Fondre bagged his eighth goal in nine matches after Cole could only parry Ellison's 25-yard drive. Le Fondre nearly grabbed a second in injury time but his weak shot from an acute angle was comfortably blocked by Cole. Full time Barnet 1 v 4 Rotherham United Barnet: Cole; Devera, Uddin, Leach (Kandjo 44), Parkes, Marshall, Southam, Byrne, Holmes (Poole 76), Kabba, Walsh. Subs not used: Jarvis, Stimson, Cox, Kelly, Coulton. Rotherham: Warrington; Mullins, Cresswell, Geohaghon, Newey, Law, Harrison, J.Taylor (Bradley 64), Ellison, Warne (Pope 64), Le Fondre. Subs not used: Annerson, Fenton, Marshall, Holden, Ani. Att: 1731 (283).

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