RESERVES: STAGS 2-1 ROTHERHAM
Mansfield Town 2-1 Rotherham United
Speight 3, Andrew 90+3. Zoko 35.
One Call Stadium, 10 Sep 2013 7pm
Marsden, McCombe, Tafazolli, Daniel;
Briscoe (c), Howell, Murtagh, Meikle;
Subs: Deakin, Hawkins, Birch, Flint, Gregory, Thomas, Poku.
Last-gasp Andrew strike sinks Rotherham
mansfieldtown.net 10th September 2013
by Andrew Webb
Calvin Andrew’s dramatic stoppage-time winner earned our second-string a fantastic 2-1 victory over Rotherham United at One Call Stadium tonight.
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Andrew converted Keiran Murtagh’s corner in the third minute of added time to maintain our 100% start to the Central League (East Division) campaign.
Jake Speight put The Stags into an early lead after just three minutes, when he slotted home following Colin Daniel’s low cross to the far-post.
But Rotherham, who dominated in the first half, equalised thanks to Francois Zoko’s pin-point header shortly before half-time.
Liam Mitchell also produced a number of fine saves during the encounter to keep The Millers, whose strike-force included Matt Tubbs and Danny Hylton, at bay.
On a cool night at One Call Stadium, The Stags raced into an early lead when Junior Daniel’s left-sided cross was bundled home at the far-post by Speight after just three minutes.
Rotherham responded strongly, however, and Zoko blazed high and wide from inside the area, in the visitors’ first chance of the match.
Stags’ keeper Mitchell kept out a header by Zoko, before John McCombe’s last-ditch clearance denied The Millers an equaliser on 25 minutes.
Steve Evans’ men enjoyed almost a dozen corners in the first half, but it was from open play that they almost forced an equaliser on the half-hour mark.
Mitchell, who just seconds earlier had saved a superb volley by Hylton, reacted quickly to deny Salem Kerkar in a one-on-one, before Hylton struck the woodwork with the rebound.
Ryan Tafazolli was also in the thick of the action; bravely blocking separate attempts by Hylton and Kerkar, as Rotherham dominated.
It seemed inevitable that The Millers would eventually equalise and that proved to be the case on 35 minutes.
McCombe’s foul on Kerkar out on the left, allowed Tidser to float an inviting ball into the six-yard box, which Zoko was able to guide beyond Mitchell.
Both teams had chances to take the lead within minutes after the re-start.
Rotherham’s Tidser saw a high 30-yard free-kick caught by Mitchell, whilst at the other end, Speight was denied by Adam Collin in a one-on-one.
Chances were then at a premium until 69 minutes, when Speight let fly with an ambitious low strike from the edge of the area, which was just wide.
Tubbs almost put The Millers ahead moments later, but in a one-on-one, the striker was denied courtesy of an acrobatic save by the impressive Mitchell.
The Stags ended the match strongly and Andrew had a low drive well-saved by Collin, after the striker worked his way into empty space.
On 82 minutes, a back-post free-kick by Murtagh agonisingly evaded both Tafazolli and Andrew, when any connection would have been decisive.
However, there was to be one dramatic late twist, which came in the third minute of added time.
Murtagh’s corner found Andrew on the edge of the six-yard box, and after his initial shot was blocked, the striker fired home at the second attempt.
Team: Mitchell, Marsden, McCombe, Tafazolli, Daniel, Meikle, Howell, Murtagh, Briscoe, Andrew, Speight.
Mansfield 2 v 1 Rotherham - Report
Tue 10 Sep 2013
Rotherham United Reserves lost their unbeaten start to the season after a 2-1 defeat at Mansfield Town.
Read more at http://www.themillers.co.uk/news/article/mansfield-v-rotherham-report-1046126.aspx?#WChGXiAzrkp4B571.99
Paul Raynor took charge of the second string and included two trialists in his line-up. Former Notts County and Carlisle forward Francois Zoko started on the right, whilst ex-Charlton winger Salim Kerkar started on the left.
The Millers got off to a disastrous start when after only a minute Colin Daniel whipped in a cross from the left, and Jake Speight bundled the ball beyond Adam Collin at the back post.
Trialist Zoko had a glimpse of goal on nine minutes when after his initial cross was blocked, the ball rebounded to him but he drilled his shot wide of the near post.
On 27 minutes Danny Hylton forced the Mansfield defence into a mistake but when the ball settled down his fierce drive was palmed wide by the advancing Liam Mitchell.
Moments later Kerkar shot from the left-side of the penalty area which Mitchell parried to the feet of Hylton, but he struck the bar from close range six yards out.
Mansfield responded with Lindon Meikle stinging the palms of Adam Collin with a 20 yard daisy cutter.
The Millers good work in the first-half was finally rewarded in the 35th minute. After a foul on Kerkar, Michael Tidser curled in a free-kick and which found Zoko who volleyed beyond Mitchell from eight yards out.
After the break it was the home side that had the first chance. A hopeful ball forward split the Millers centre halves allowing Speight a clean run on goal, but Collin raced out of his goal to make a smart save.
Trialist Kerkar nearly had his trial cut short after being scythed down by Liam Marsden who received a deserved yellow card.
On 73 minutes Zoko showed another good touch when after a smart turn he threaded a pass through to Matt Tubbs whose shot was blocked by Mitchell.
Then in the last minute of injury time the Millers failed to clear a corner and Calvin Andrew pounced to smash the ball beyond Collin.
Mansfield: Mitchell; Marsden, McCombe, Tafazolli, Howell, Briscoe, Meikle, Murtagh, Daniel, Speight, Andrew.
Subs not used: Deakin, Hawkins, Birch, Flint, Gregory, Thomas, Poku.
Rotherham: Collin; Lucas (Cadman 90), Mills, Rowe, Johnson, Zoko (Walker 74), Tidser, Watson, Kerkar, Hylton, Tubbs.
Subs not used: Thompson, Bell.
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