SATURDAY JULY 31ST 2010
TAMWORTH 1 ROTHERHAM UNITED 2
Played five, Lost five, not a very inspiring pre-season so far, but we’re gonna finish off in style…..aren’t we ????
Set off to Rotherham on 9.20 bus and after calling for the Star Kick off special newspaper in Rotherham bus station, plus a Steak bake, Ham sarny and two bottles of Diet coke from Greggs for the journey, I made my way to Rhino’s to meet Dave.
Met up at 10.30 and mixed my drinks with a bottle of Ginger Beer followed by a bottle of Cloudy Lemonade….I`ll be suffering in the morning…ha ha.
1884 picked us up outside Nellie Dene’s at 11.30 with Starsky already on board.
Sat nav showed 73 miles with a 12.55 arrival, and after a steady run down the M1, and a couple of heavy showers we pulled into Tamworth FC car park at bang on 1.
£2 entry to the car park, then we nipped in the club shop, me for programmes, Dave and Starsky for badges.
1884 impressed with the range of goods in stock, and must admit, it was a tidy little shop.
Paid our £10 to get in and made our way round to the social club, which is located in the ground itself next to the players` tunnel, which is unusually across from the main stand.
Two pints of diet coke for me the teetotal, and 1884 the driver, with a pint of Carlsberg for Starsky, and a pint of Tetley’s smooth for Dave, coming to just under a tenner.
Bought 3 x 50/50 tickets off a very charming young lady, and a Football scratch card thingy off an ugly bloke and settled down to enjoy our drinks.
Starsky was in and out of the club collecting Autographs of the arriving Millers team, for me, him and Dave.
Cresswell, Liddell, Annerson, Warne, Warrington, Brogan and Jimmy Mullen obliging.
Food from outside was allowed in the social club so I went and got my Chips and Steak pie dinner from the van outside the club, this costing £2.50.
After four drinks and a couple of toilet breaks later I went out onto the ground, to take up my place behind the goal to the right hand side. This was in the uncovered end of the ground, with fans of both clubs mixing together, as Tamworth attacked this end in the first half. By this time the sun was pretty warm on the back of our heads, and we settled down for hopefully a much needed morale boosting win.
The team lined up as
After a steady start by both sides, the home side settled down and started to dominate.
This resulted in the games opening goal as Neil McKenzie picked up the ball 40 yards out and after advancing with the ball to the edge of the box, he hit an unstoppable low shot to Warrington’s right, and nestled the ball into the corner of the net.
1-0 Tamworth after roughly 25 minutes.
The Millers injury crisis worsened, when after being nobbled by one of the opposition, Jamie Green, the ‘stand-in’ right back, left the field injured to be replaced by Grant Darley, with Harrison stepping into Green’s vacant Right back position.
Half time arrived with very little for the Millers fans to look back on, and another defeat looked on the cards.
Nigerian U17 and U23 international, Jeremiah Ani came on at Half time for the ineffective Tom Elliott, and this was a move which would, in my eyes, turn the game for the Millers. The trialist who spent last season playing for Plymouth Argyle reserves, gave the team a much needed shot in the arm, and was involved throughout the second half. Rotherham equalised 12 minutes into the 2nd half as a precision cross from Ani, was met with a strong header from Ryan Cresswell which left the keeper with no chance.
After 3 and half games, with no first team goals from open play in pre-season matches, the Millers, like the proverbial buses, replied with 2 in three minutes.
A ball into the area from the left hand side of the pitch was kept in on the bye-line to the left hand side of the goal by Grant Darley, and it was played back across the area, where Adam Le Fondre was waiting in the centre of goal, unmarked, and he stooped to head the ball in from very close range. With the Millers very much in control, Tamworth managed just one more notable attempt on goal as a shot from 20 yards out was finger tipped round his right hand post from Andy Warrington.
With the clock ticking down, centre half, Luke Ashworth almost glanced a cross into the roof of the net, but the header just went over the bar.
At the final whistle, a collective sigh of relief from several Millers fans stood around us, signalled the fact that we had at long last collected a pre-season win.
It all counts for nothing when the Lincoln game kicks-off next Saturday at Don Valley, but the win was much appreciated anyway.
The players were applauded off, following the much improved second half performance and we made our way back to 1884’s car parked just outside the ground’s exit gates.
A nice steady run back home and I was dropped off first back in Wombwell at 6.20.
Just one more pre-season game left for me now….Sheff United v Estudiantes tomorrow at Bramall Lane.
This game is preceded by an Ex-Sheff Utd X1 V Hallam FC game, which features ex-Millers, Peter Duffield, Mark Todd and Tony Philliskirk.
However, all roads lead to Don Valley next Saturday for the important stuff.
BRING IT ON !!!!!
Ed Note (Zip, did 1884 even applaude the lads off??!!)
Once again, Zip a brilliant view from the stands!