Match Report: AFC Wimbledon 1 Rotherham United 2

Joyous moment: Sam Wood, left, rushes to join in the celebrations after Ben Pringle's first-half opener. Photo: Paul Wickson.

Joyous moment: Sam Wood, left, rushes to join in the celebrations after Ben Pringle's first-half opener. Photo: Paul Wickson.

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THE next ground Rotherham United play on for the first time - and all Millers followers know which one that is - will be the 148th different one they’ve played on in league and cup games since football restarted after World War Two, writes Les Payne.

A result like the one yesterday from No 147, the tidy, tree-fringed Kingsmeadow, would do very nicely as well and certainly anything only half as good or as dominant as the excellent first half display would certainly suffice.

There might even be a winner to remember and young Sam Hoskins will certainly remember this one - a first in league football for the on-loan youngster from Southampton.

Seven minutes from time - just three minutes after going on - he raced onto a ball down the right, burst into the area with just one thing on his mind and from the tightest of angles and under pressure, he whipped a shot high into the far side of the net for a stunning finish.

It was fully deserved after a first half of total superiority although they had some scares of their own in the second half.

With Mark Bradley missing with an ankle injury, Dale Tonge returned to the side at right back and he might have marked his return with a goal inside 10 minutes.

Schofield slid a pass into the path of Tonge steaming into the area but his shot was blocked by keeper Turner.

Even before then Rotherham’s bright start had almost been rewarded.

A Grabban cross was perfect for Evans at the far post only for Hatton to rescue matters with an excellent header.

Cresswell headed wide and Mullins over from corners before another opportunity went begging.

Grabban was too quick for Gwillim, he cut the ball back from the line, Pringle arrived at full speed but struck his shot inches over.

As Rotherham totally dominated another opening saw Grabban find Revell who shot straight at the ‘keeper.

Rotherham looked to have more men on the pitch than the home side and Revell headed over from Pringle’s cross.

As the one-way traffic continued Evans shot wide from Schofield’s short centre.

Wimbledon were relieved to be level but in their first proper attack on the half-hour, on the break, Moncur’s 22 yarder was inches off target.

Just when it seemed that Rotherham, faster and stronger, might miss out on taking advantage of their supremacy, they went in front - and it was thanks to a goalkeeping error.

The lively Pringle decided to have a go from around 25 yards. He struck it low but with no great menace only for keeper Turner to allow the shot to go under his dive.

Rotherham could hardly expect their dominance to continue to the same extent and Hatton headed a decent chance over from a corner before Taylor saved with his left leg from Yussuff.

Then came 60 decisive seconds. Schofield pounced on a rebound, went clear but the keeper blocked the shot. The ball went up the other end, Moore was clear and he fired in off the far post for the equaliser.

No wonder the Millers could hardly believe it but they had only themselves to blame.

It was anybody’s game now and after a Dons near miss Rotherham broke, Grabban got away to roll the ball past the keeper only for striker Moore to have got back to clear off the line.

He then turned villain, blazing the game’s best chance over the bar when clear.

Then came Hoskins moment of glory - and one he’ll always remember but in the final minute keeper Taylor made a fine save to deny Moore another equaliser.

n AFC Wimbledon: Turner; Hatton, Mitchel-King, Johnson (Bush ht), Gwillim; Yussuff, Wellard, Moncur, Djilali (Jolley ht); Moore, Midson. Subs: Brown, Harrison, Knott.

n ROTHERHAM: R Taylor; Tonge, Cresswell, Mullins, Wood; Grabban, J Taylor, Schofield, Evans (Harrison 75); Pringle (Hoskins 80); Revell. Subs: Warrington, Newey, Cadogan.

n GOALS: Pringle (33), Hoskins (83) for Rotherham; Moore (66) for Wimbledon.

n ATTENDANCE: 4,387.

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