A one-minute silence preceded this fixture on an afternoon blessed with splendid autumnal sunshine, in respect of those that had lost their lives in the ongoing Israel and Hamas war. From the end of that period of silence the home crowd applauded and shouted their support for the Robins.
The noise levels increased three-fold just eight-minutes into the game when Roy Fogarty, swivelled and fired a tremendous shot past Rio Alberry.
Not at all affected by the goal, the Millers simply stepped up a gear and descended on the home defence in droves. Brooks fired into the keepers legs, Pinnick headed down towards goal only to see the home custodian equal his effort and turn the ball away for a corner. Half-time arrived with that single goal separating the teams and from the restart we pushed again without reward. A sickening blow came on 63 minutes when Fogarty fired another scorcher past Alberry from absolutely nothing. Step up Billy Brooks and six-minutes later he’d reduced the deficit with probably the most difficult chance of the afternoon. With no time to contemplate his options he spun, then absolutely hammered his shot into the roof of the net. What followed was a collective effort from the whole team to get the equaliser and it all looked to have been worthy of their efforts when the ball appeared to cross the line. However, with no referee or assistant in sight the ball got played away and the game was lost.