FRIDAY NIGHT: Rotherham lose ground against Town

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No team had scored more away goals in League 2 than Rotherham.

The trouble is no team had conceded more, other than bottom club Plymouth.

So second-placed Cheltenham Town knew they had a potentially-tricky on their hands at Whaddon Road as they set foot on the pitch this evening.

They had to resist some early pressure from Andy Scott’s team - Lewis Grabban particularly unlucky with one effort.

But they took an 11th minute lead, courtesy of a long range screamer from 20-year-old midfielder Marlon Pack.

The goal revved up the home crowd and Conrad Logan, playing his last game between the sticks for Millers, had to stop Joshua Low from increasing the lead.

Rotherham, who had previously won a third of their away matches, had Danny Harrison booked before trooping off at the interval.

They couldn’t complain, they hadn’t enjoyed as much possession as they’d have hoped for.

There wasn’t much good news at the start of the second half, with Dale Tonge going into the book for unsporting behaviour.

Grabban briefly raised hopes with a pot shot but it was blocked by Sido Jombati.

Cheltenham are not unbeatable at home - they had lost twice and drawn twice. And home goalie Scott P Brown had to earn his wages as Rotherham threatened to up the ante, but time was running out.

Defender Michael Raynes was booked late on.


Cheltenham: Brown, Elliott, Bennett, Garbutt, Jombati, Pack, Low, Penn, Graham, Summerfield, Spencer.

Substitutes: Lowe, Smikle, Duffy, Goulding, Mohamed.

Rotherham: Logan, Tonge, Mullins, Raynes, Harley, Harrison, Evans, Schofield, Wood, Revell, Grabban.

Substitutes: Warrington, Brown, Taylor, Williams, Holroyd.

Referee: Oliver Langford, West Midlands.

* Full analysis in Saturday’s Star, with picture.