Denaby Utd – Rotherham Utd Res 2 Denaby 1 – Penalty Goal Turns The Scale At Millmoor

September 1946

South Yorkshire Times September 21, 1946

Penalty Goal
Turns The Scale At Millmoor

Rotherham United Reserves  2, Denaby United 1

There was little to excite the 3000 spectators at Millmoor on Saturday. Both sides showed lack of initiative and although Rotherham had more of the play, they repeatedly missed chances.

Denaby were best served in defence, where Wilkinson, in goal, was a tower of strength. Madin kicked cooly and he and Asquith, the other back, did a good deal to upset Rotherham’s forward play. Killhourhy showed most enterprise in Denaby attack, in which Vickers, at centre forward would have done well had he finished better in front of goal.

The Rotherham attack showed good combination, but spoilt efforts near goal with trying too much individuality. R. Shaw had a nice turn of speed and repeatedly outwitted the Denaby halves, but his finishing also left much to be desired. Selkirk, at back, did not show his usually reliable kicking, and Larvan, with effective use of headers, was the best back

First Goal.

Denaby were mainly on the defensive at the start and after 17 minutes R. Shaw gave Rotherham a deserved leads with a header from Poole’s corner kick. Denaby rallied towards half-time, but both sides wasted chances in front of goal. Rotherham continued to do more attacking in the second half, and it was against the run of play when Strachan, Denaby’s outside right, equalised midway throughout the half. Before this Vickers missed a “sitter” for Denaby when he had only the goalkeeper to be and he miskicked. Poole, on the Rotherham wing was another forward who ought to have had at least two goals in this half. Denaby played better together towards the end, but had few really good shots at goal. Rotherham got the deciding goal a quarter of an hour from time when Armitage scored from a penalty. Wilkinson touched the ball when Armitage shot, but it entered the net.