Denaby Utd – Rotherham United Res. 0  Denaby 1

29 September 1951

South Yorkshire Times, September 29th, 1951

Rotherham United Res. 0  Denaby United 1

Rotherham United Reserves, who included Jimmy Road at outside left, put a lifeless display when they were beaten 1  – 0 by Denaby United at Millmoor on Saturday.

Denaby were the better team from the start and thoroughly deserved their victory. Rotherham had to thank goalkeeper Quairney for a fine display, and he saved the side from a heavy defeat. Rotherham’s forwards lacked cohesion and, never really threatened danger. George Pilkington was not a success at centre-forward, and it was left to inside forwards McGoldrick and Marshall to produce what goals scoring efforts Rotherham put in.

Most of McGoldrick’s efforts sailed high over the bar, and Marshall’s shooting lacked power. Dickens and J Williams, the vineyards, actually holding the sprightly Denaby inside forwards, Roy Cooling and Mervyn Law, and mis-kicking by the two backs did not help Rotherham.

The only goal of the match came after 30 minutes. A defensive slip let in Law, who coolly pushed the ball forward for centre forward Woods to chase. He beat Quairney to the ball as the backs hesitated, and pushed it home as the goalkeeper came out.