Last-gasp Warne earns win
Millers leave it late to secure three points
Last Updated: 08/08/09 6:20pm
Warne: Millers hero
Paul Warne struck a dramatic late winner as Rotherham beat Accrington 1-0 on Saturday.
Paul Warne struck a dramatic late winner as Rotherham got their season off to a successful start by beating Accrington Stanley 1-0.
It was Accrington who enjoyed all the first-half chances as Paul Mullin went close on three occasions and Andy Warrington in the Rotherham goal made two smart saves to keep the scores level.
He first saved well from a Jimmy Ryan free-kick after 10 minutes and then made an even better save to keep out a 25-yard left-foot shot from Robert Grant.
Rotherham's only serious effort came from new boy Tom Pope, who poked a Nicky Law free-kick just wide of the target after 21 minutes.
But the half-time introduction of veteran Warne for Ryan Taylor sparked the home side into life.
Luke Joyce headed off the line from Nick Fenton, Kevin Ellison saw his goal-bound shot blocked and Alan Martin made two good saves to keep out a Warne shot and then an Ian Sharps header.
And it all came good for Rotherham in the 88th minute when Sharps crashed a shot against the crossbar and close-season signing Warne - back for his second spell with Rotherham - hit home the loose ball.
Sky Bet League 2
Sat 8th Aug
Morecambe2 - 2Hereford
Notts Co5 - 0Bradford
Cheltenham2 - 1Grimsby
Lincoln1 - 0Barnet
Torquay2 - 0Chesterfld
Rotherham1 - 0Accrington
Shrewsbury3 - 1Burton Alb
Crewe1 - 2Dag + Red
Northamptn0 - 0Macc'field
Aldershot3 - 1Darlington
Bury0 - 3Bournemth
Port Vale1 - 1Rochdale
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