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Match Report: 05 Jan 2013 Aldershot Town Football Club v Rotherham United
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Fixture Type: FA Cup Venue: Home
Match Date: Sat 05 Jan 2013, Kick Off: 00:00 Attendance: 2922 (512)
Referee: Gavin Ward Assistant Referee: John Busby
Assistant Referee: Michael Bull 4th Official: Justin Amey

Aldershot Town 3-1 Rotherham United Match Report

Lewis Mason reporting from the EBB Stadium

“Together We March On”. That was the message displayed by the East Bank as the Shots lined up to face Rotherham United in the third round of the FA Cup – hoping to continue their journey in English football’s most famous cup competition. However, it was the Millers, roared on by a vociferous support, who started the brighter. Following early pressure, Rotherham won a corner after Sonny Bradley was forced to slice over his own crossbar after a dangerous, low cross. From the resulting set piece, the ball was worked to the back post, where an unmarked Daniel Nardiello saw his header come back off the woodwork; an early warning for the Shots. This let off sparked the home side into life, and from their first attack, Aldershot Town found themselves ahead. After neat interchange from Ben Herd, back from suspension, and Kieron Cadogan down the right, the Shots winger delivered a dangerous cross to Danny Hylton who finished from close range at the second time of asking. Despite their early lead, the Shots didn’t become complacent, with Cadogan continuously running at the visiting defence, Hylton working industriously and Hector linking play well between defence and attack. The visiting support thought their team had drawn level with 15 minutes played. Nardiello cut inside from the right and let fly with a left footed effort which rippled the netting of Jamie Young’s goal. Much to the annoyance of the prematurely celebrating Rotherham support, it was the outside of the netting. This led to a period of sustained pressure from the Yorkshire men and Jason Taylor saw his low effort from 20 yards fly just wide of Jamie Young’s goal. The home crowd were on their feet when they thought they had been awarded a penalty with twenty minutes gone. Anthony Tonkin burst forward from left back, only to be scythed down by Ben Pringle just outside of the box. The lively Cadogan took responsibility of the set piece, and planted it on the head of Danny Hylton , who headed past a despairing Andy Warrington in the Millers goal. This extended Hylton’s tally to an impressive six goals in just three FA Cup games this season, and put the Shots in a commanding position. The pace of the game slowed as the match ticked towards the half hour mark. This suited the away side, as they began to gain more possession and push themselves deeper into the Aldershot Town half. Despite this possession, the Millers failed to carve out any clear cut chances to get themselves back into the tie. As the first half reached its final stages, Rotherham were awarded a free kick on the right hand edge of the penalty box. The ball was driven fiercely towards goal by Pringle, but Jamie Young confidently punched clear; not for the first time in the afternoon.

HT: Shots 2-0 Rotherham

In a bid to get the away team back into the game, Millers boss, Steve Evans, made a double substitution at half time with Courtney Cameron and on loan Liverpool youngster, Adam Morgan entering the action. The tactics were clear; get the eighteen-year-old, Morgan, on the ball as often as possible. He made a lively start to the half, playing on the shoulder of Sonny Bradley and influencing the early stages of the second period. Despite their dominance of possession, it was the Shots who had the first effort on goal in the half. Danny Hylton was found in space on the left flank, and the striker, confident after his first half brace, drove at the Millers defence before cutting inside and finding the side netting with a low drive. Following this, Rotherham went straight up the other end, and worked an opening for Luke Frecklington, whose low effort was well held by Young. Evans used his final substitution to bring the physical presence of Kayode Odejayi into the fold, but the visitors still struggled to carve out clear chances. Then, the Millers were punished as they pushed too many bodies forward, and were caught flat footed at the back, with Hylton being put through one on one with Warrington. The striker, on a hat trick, extended his stride to take himself clear of Rotherham’s chasing defenders before nonchalantly slipping the ball between the legs of the Millers ‘keeper and ensuring that he would be heading home with an FA Cup match ball. With twenty minutes left, the Millers were handed a life line when Ben Herd was judged to have handled Cameron’s clipped cross in the box. Luke Frecklington stepped up to dispatch the spot kick. Jamie Young got a strong hand to it but Frecklington’s kick proceeded to fly into the top corner and offer the visitors a way back into the game. This put a spring into the step of the Millers and in particular, Frecklington. As the Shots failed to clear a long ball, under pressure from Morgan, the former Peterborough United midfielder latched onto the loose ball and his first time effort clipped the post. Despite this resurgence, Rotherham’s hopes of a comeback were dealt a blow when Kari Arnason was sent off with ten minutes left to play when he received a second yellow card for a late challenge on Danny Rose. However, the numbers were soon evened up when hat trick hero, Danny Hylton, was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Jason Taylor after a melee near the corner flag. With the clock ticking towards full time, Michael Hector had a great chance to get a fourth for the Shots, when indecision in the Rotherham defence saw a loose ball fall to Hector on the edge of the box but Warrington was equal to his effort. The Millers went straight up the other end and were inches from setting up a really interesting final few minutes. It was a lack of decisiveness in the Shots defence this time which saw the ball sit up for Adam Morgan, who volleyed narrowly over. This proved to be the last chance and the EBB Stadium erupted when Gavin Ward blew the full time to whistle to seal the Shots progression into round four of the FA Cup.

Together, we march on.