Date: 25th August 2007 at 7:47pm
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A disputed goal from Ian Sharps and a peculiar own goal were enough to give Rotherham a point at Edgeley Park today in a hard fought contest..

The home team pounded the Millers goal from the start and in the thirteenth minute got a deserved lead when a right wing cross from David Poole found Anthony Elding who headed the ball into the back of the net. Stephen Brogan had a long range shot which went wide and Derek Holmes had a header that went agonisingly wide in the thirty-seventh minute.

The referee became centre of attention after the break when he disallowed a Graham Coughlan goal for pushing and then allowed the equaliser from Ian Sharps to stand after Brogan had taken a free kick before the whistle. The Stockport players then heard the whistle, assumed play had stopped and left Sharps free to head in the ball. County`s manager, Jim Gannon, then ranted at referee, Mr Swarbrick, who sent him to the stands. Against the run of play, the home side went into the lead again when an Adam Proudlock corner found Adam Griffin in front of goal who stooped to head in the ball. Four minutes later another Brogan free kick was headed into his own net, past goalkeeper Conrad Logan, by Matt McNeil. Derek Holmes again came close for the Millers when he headed the ball that dipped just over the bar. But with ten minutes to go, County thought they had it won, when Elding headed a cross from James Smith over Andy Warrington to see it bounce to safety off the foot of the post. Marcus Bean could have stolen all three points in the last minutes of the game but his shot went just wide of the post.

A fair result and, after a pretty poor first half, the Millers got into their stride in the second half to get a deserved point.