Football Aid rolled into Rotherham for its inaugural event in the South Yorkshire town. It was a very pleasant Tuesday evening at the AESSEAL New York Stadium as an Away team featuring former Miller Andy Monkhouse triumphed 3-1 over Chris Sedgwick and his Home side.
Date: Tuesday 21st May 2019
Venue: AESSEAL New York Stadium
Rotherham (Home) vs Rotherham (Away)
Kick Off: 18:30 pm
Legends: Chris Sedgwick & Andy Monkhouse
Match Officials: Tim Darnes, Dave March, Ben Brown & Jim Hawley
As 18:30 approached on a warm and sunny Tuesday evening in May, Football Aid was witnessing the first set of players to don a Rotherham strip in front of a lively crowd of Millers fans in South Yorkshire. The event kicked off at the New York Stadium with a mix of Rotherham United fans and Legends, football enthusiasts and Football Aid regulars eager to write their names in the history books.
It was cagey start for both sides with the teams looking to get a foothold in the tie and familiarise themselves with the surroundings. With a lively crowd cheering the players on, it was the Away side sporting an all-Black kit who took 1st advantage with just 10mins on the clock. A solo run from Away number 11, Jason Guy down the left flank was ignored by the Home defence and the Centre Forward certainly capitalised on the space he was afforded! The No 11’s expertly curled effort from the edge of the box leaving Home goalkeeper Richard Marsh with no chance! Big Jason was playing in his 28th different Football Aid game and he certainly celebrated his amazing achievement in style! (0-1)
The Home side wearing Rotherham Red, with White shorts and socks looked for a quick response. Centre forward David Heason picked up the ball in a dangerous area, but he could only watch on as his effort was well saved by the Away keeper, Chad Pearson.
Early signs indicated that the Away team were controlling the attacking side of the game. Striker Daniel Love looked to extend their lead, but his shot was blocked by a determined Marsh. The following corner kick evaded everyone in a black shirt, allowing the goalkeeper the chance to collect.
The Away side continued to pile on the pressure with a string of long range efforts. Captain, Love led the charge, but Home goalkeeper David Marsh was on a mission of his own. The Number 9 did have the ball in the net, but the linesman raised his flag against the offside striker.
After 44 mins Daniel Love was eventually able to celebrate though, after he smashed an effort from 30 yards into the top corner to extend his side’s lead to two! The striker picking up the ball on the edge of the box and leading by the Captain’s example to rifle his effort beyond a helpless Pearson. (0-2)
The Home side didn’t have time to respond and that meant the Away side were in control at the break, with goals from Guy and Love giving them a two goal advantage. However without some heroic saves from Marsh in the Home goal, the score could easily have been more and there was plenty of work for Legend Chris Sedgwick’s Home team to do in the 2nd half if they were to get back into the tie.
Half-Time: Rotherham (Home) 0 - 2 Rotherham (Away)
Although the Home side who needed the better start, it was the Away side who began the 2nd period the quicker of the two teams, however half-time substitute Andy Balmforth - sporting the Number 13 shirt – was out of luck as his volleyed effort came to nothing.
Chris Sedgwick, who featured over 270 times for the Millers, was looking to lead a Home comeback. Pushing further up-field the former professional Midfielder saw a cross land on the roof of the net. With 20 competitive Rotherham goals to his name, Sedgwick nearly added another to that tally. His effort from outside of the box crashing against the crossbar before the chance was dealt with safely.
The Home side had gone up a gear and it was not long before they had a goal back. The pace and skill of Sedgwick again causing trouble for the Away defence. A quick free kick from the Away side caused confusion and allowed the Home team to counter quickly. Sedgwick played the ball across the box to David Heason and the striker made no mistake, firing home from 8 yards out to half the deficit with 23 mins left to play. (1-2)
The Away Goalkeeper, Chad Pearson was then forced into providing the Moment of the Match as the Home team looked certain to equalise when Andrew Balmforth was given the chance to equalise on a plate. The ball was played across the face of goal and the centre mid looked odds on to put the ball in the net from point blank range. However, Pearson had other ideas and leaping across the length of the goal he blocked the effort with an incredible reaction save!!
This fuelled confidence back into the Away side and they looked to extend their lead and with 75 mins on the clock, they did just that. The Home defence temporarily stopped playing as the Away players called for a penalty against Adam Canning, however Jason Guy was alert to the situation and the striker collected the ball and sent another brilliant long range effort curling into the far corner of the goal for his 2nd of the game! (1-3)
The Away side continued to dominate there on with Guy, looking for his hattrick, sending an effort flying just over the cross bar. The game became end-to-end as tiredness crept in and Sedgwick forced another good save from Marsh; the ‘keeper tipping the effort wide from lowdown at the base of the post for a corner. The ever-energetic midfielder Dean Thorpe connected well with the resultant set piece and his header fell into the path of Balmforth, whose bad luck continued as his headed effort cannoned off the crossbar before Pearson collected the loose ball.
Dean Hughes then had a golden chance to put the game to bed. The midfielder sprung the offside trap only to see his one-on-one effort go across the goal and wide of the mark. At the opposite end of the field, Heason had a chance to double his personal tally. The striker turned cleverly in the box, but his shot was comfortably saved by the Away keeper Pearson.
That was to be the end of the action in South Yorkshire as the final whistle blew on Football Aid’s 1st Rotherham event. The Away side gained a well-deserved 3-1 victory; however it had been an extremely close fought game which could have gone either way.
At one stage - buoyed by their Legend Chris Sedgwick - the Home side looked set for a possible comeback, however fellow Miller Legend Andy Monkhouse’s Men in Black showed great character to hold on for the win in the end. The 1st ever Football Aid game at the AESSEAL New York Stadium had certainly been a huge success and we look forward to doing it all again in 2020.
Full-Time: Rotherham (Home) 1 - 3 Rotherham (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Neil Froggatt
Man of the Match Away: Jason Guy
Moment of the Match: Chad Pearson
Home Team: Richard Marsh, Adam Canning, Chris Sedgwick, Neil Froggatt, Robert Thorpe, Kevin Robertson (C), Mark Feehan, Baljinder Singh, Kevin Banks, Dean Thorpe, David Heason, Andrew Balmforth, Allan Todd, Andrew Harland
Away Team: Chad Pearson, Ross Adamson, Andy Monkhouse, John Dixon, Paul Adamson, Mark Wordsworth, Paul Old, Mark Watson, Daniel Love (C), Dean Hughes, Jason Guy, David Cope, Danny Cheng
Away Mascot: Jacob Wordsworth
Match Report written by Ben Waite.
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“Just a quick note to say how enjoyable the game at Rotherham was last night.
Definitely good to see so many familiar faces (I wonder how many Football Aid 'caps' there were between all the players yesterday?) and an event that I'd certainly be interested in playing in again in the future. Thanks”.
“Thank you for a brilliant day at Rotherham United. One of the best games I have played in. Brilliant to catch up with a lot of old friends again”.
“It was a cracking evening, my first visit to the New York Stadium and I was impressed. Lovely ground to play on, though the old football fan in me did enjoy seeing the floodlight pylons still standing tall at Millmoor over the way. I wish you all the best for next season”.
“Great evening had playing with @FootballAid at @OfficialRUFC - great standard of game too and plenty of familiar faces to catch up with. #FootballAid19”
“What a great evening! Really enjoyed it, I'll be back”
“Pleasure to do a bit of charity football with the @FootballAid team last night, great evening and some high quality football on display”.😀