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Posted Sat 06 Nov 10 at 16:54 PM

Rotherham 0 v 0 York - Report

Rotherham United will be in the hat for the second round draw but were forced to settle for a replay after a scrappy 0-0 draw with York City.

In a game bereft of clear chances the closest the Millers came to unlocking a sturdy York defence came midway through the second half but Ryan Taylor's drive was deflected wide.

Ronnie Moore made one change to face York City in the FA Cup first round, with Marcus Marshall replacing Kevin Ellison.

The Millers tested Michael Ingham inside 15 seconds and Marshall was involved in the build-up.Tom Newey played a high ball to Ryan Taylor, whose knock down found Marshall.The winger laid the ball into the path of Adam Le Fondre, who curled a shot at goal from 20 yards which was comfortably smothered by the visitors' stopper.

The visitors, however, looked unfazed and had a decent effort of their own in the seventh minute.Peter Till and Jonathan Smith linked up well down the right and worked a chance for Smith to shoot left-footed from the edge of the area, which Andy Warrington saved to his left.

Rotherham tested Ingham again soon after, and the scrambling 'keeper had to be on his toes to keep out Le Fondre's attempted lob.York again responded well, and Michael Rankine smashed an effort from 20 yards narrowly over Warrington's crossbar.

There was little between the sides in the opening 15 minutes, but Le Fondre came close to breaking the deadlock after Ryan Taylor chested the ball into his path.Ingham was quickly off his line to smother and deny the Millers' marksman.Once again, however, York went straight up the other end and carved out a chance of their own, with the Millers having Ryan Cresswell's inch perfect tackle to thank for denying James Meredith.

The visitors persevered and missed a glorious chance to take the lead on 24 minutes.A defensive lapse allowed Rankine to break unchallenged down the left, and as he pulled the ball back for David McDermott eight yards out, his touch deserted him and allowed Cresswell to scramble behind for a corner.

Nicky Law was presented with another chance to give the Millers the lead after half an hour.Ingham made his first mistake of the game by dropping Johnny Mullins' cross at the feet of Law, but his attempt to hook the ball into the net sailed narrowly over the bar.

In first half stoppage time York had another opportunity to head into the break with a lead.A high ball into the box fell kindly for Meredith, who got underneath his volley and fired over from eight yards.

Half time

Rotherham United 0 v 0 York City

Law burst forward in the first minute of the second before cutting inside from the left wing but his shot sailed wide of the far post.

There was very little in terms of chances but Marshall looked the most dangerous for the Millers showing great skill and turn of pace on the hour before crossing for Le Fondre who headed wide.

On 68 minutes Marshall was played in behind by Le Fondre whose centre almost found Ryan Taylor but for a great challenge by David McGurk. Seconds later the ball was played into Ryan Taylor whose shot from 12 yards on the angle was blocked for a corner.

With the game seemingly heading for a replay a long ball forward caught out the Millers defence with Rankine benefiting from a favourable bounce, but his fierce drive was tipped around the post by Warrington.

Full time

Rotherham United 0 v 0 York City

Rotherham United: Warrington; Mullins, Cresswell, Fenton, Newey, Law, Harrison, J. Taylor, Marshall, R. Taylor, Le Fondre.

Subs not used: Brogan, Green, Ashworth, Ellison, Warne, Pope, Annerson.

York City: Ingham; Meredith, J. Smith, McGurk, Parslow, Lawless, Till (Racchi 76), Sangare, Rankine, McDermott (Fyfield 90), C. Smith.

Subs not used: Knight, Carruthers, Barrett, Young, Constantine.

Attendance: 3,227 (1,104)

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