Rotherham headed to Hartlepool tonight under no illusions about the size of their task but they emerged with a 2-1 victory to go into the next round of the JPT.
The League Two side have had an upsurge in form, winning seven of their previous eight games, going into this Johnstone’s Paint Trophy encounter.
The Millers returned to winning form on Saturday with victory over Bradford after a run of five games without a victory.Rotherham went into tonight’s game as the highest ranked side as the Northern sectopm#s last eight.
And they were off to a fine start with Tom Eaves opening the scoring in just under 10 minutes. However it was soon 1-1 with Andy Monkhouse scoring for Hartlepool against his former club.
But the Millers regained the lead just before half-time through Kieran Agard.
In the last minute Monkhouse threatened again but was thwarted by a brilliant save from Adam Collin to keep Rotherham’s lead intact. Then in added time Antony Sweeney volleyed a good chance to equalise over the bar.
Home keeper Scott Flinders went up for a corner in the closing minutes and Collin made another fantastic save from the corner as Hartlepool pressed for the leveller.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Duckworth, Baldwin, Collins, Austin; Franks, Walton, Dolan, Monkhouse, Poole, James. Subs: Rafferty, Sweeney, Richards, Burgess, Walker.
ROTHERHAM UNITED: Collin; Brindley, Mills, Morgan, Skarz; Agard, Frecklington, Tidser, Milsom; Eaves, Tubbs. Subs: Shearer, Davis, Pringle, Revell, Nardiello.
Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincs).