Torquay United 0-2 Millers

Last updated : 22 November 2009 By Duke

Rotherham United made the long trip to Torquay worth while taking all three points in a rain lashed game at Plainmoore. Both sides made changes with the Millers giving a start to striker Ryan Taylor, at the expense of Drew Broughton who dropped to the bench. At left back Mark Lynch came in for Dale Tonge who had picked up an ankle injury in midweek.

Torquay who had an appeal against skipper Kieran Charnock's red card at Shrewsbury turned down on Friday, then went out and made two signings the same day. 18yr old defender Adam Smith came on loan from Tottenham, and former player Chris Zebroski made a return to the club on loan from Wycombe Wanderers.

The first half kicked off with Torquay having the advantage of a strong wind at their back. Both sides found the conditions underfoot hard to deal with, but it was Torquay who had the early upper hand. Elliot Benyon had a 25-yard effort that skipped along the wet surface and was gathered at the foot of his post by diving Millers keeper Andy Warrington. At the other end the Millers top scorer Adam Le Fondre looked to be the one who might give the Millers an advantage, put through by Nicholas his shot ended up being gathered by keeper Poke, the edge being taken off it by the waterlogged pitch.

The wind had eased some by the time the teams came out for the second half. Rotherham made a better start to the second half looking livelier, a corner saw Poke make a fantastic double save firstly from Le Fondre and then Brogans follow up. As the half wore on Torquay started to make the running, forcing a number of corners. Warrington made a spectacular diving double save to twice deny substitute Jake Thomson after 66 minutes.

The breakthrough in the game came in the 85th minute, and it fell to the Millers, new boy Garry Robert's pass found the head of Nick Fenton, who headed back across goal where Le Fondre saw his header pushed away by Poke, just for Ellison to knock in the rebound.

The match was wrapped up 5 minutes later, with substitute Pope heading on, for Le Fondre to get away from the Torquay defence and knock the ball over Poke

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