Last Shot at three away points for Millers

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AS THEY did last season, Rotherham United play their final away match at Aldershot.

In rather different circumstances however. A year ago - on the night of the FA Cup Final - the two teams were embroiled in a tense and tight first leg in the League Two Plays-offs.

It wouldn’t have made for a great spectacle for the live TV viewing audience. There were very few opportunities for either side until Adam Le Fondre pounced on a back pass error late in the game to give the Millers a precious advantage.

The rest, as they say, is history. And Rotherham’s play-off hopes for this season could well be history come Saturday night.

Of course, they go into the game not mathematically out of it but a point for Stevenage (at Northampton) and Gillingham (home to Macclesfield) will ensure they are. A point for either combined with Torquay beating Chesterfield tonight would also confirm the inevitable.

Aldershot have been among the most improved teams in recent months under Dean Holdsworth who won the Manager of the Month award for March.

This came amidst a run of 10 matches unbeaten which had taken them to within an outside chance of gatecrashinjg the top seven but then they surprisingly lost at home to Burton Albion last Saturday.

They followed this up on Monday with a last minute 2-1 defeat at Bradford City whose opening goal in the early minutes was a curling 30 yard stunner from Omar Daley, recently recalled from his loan spell with Rotherham.

Aldershot have had quite a few draws but Holdsworth has overseen a successful run. They had gone seven without defeat on their travels until Monday’s setback at Valley Parade.

Their only other away defeat since losing 1-0 at Don Valley on December 11 was at Gillingham in January. It was a painful occasion for Ryan Cresswell who broke his collar bone and is only now back with successive appearances.