Football: Rotherham have too much fire for Emley

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SIMEON BAMBROOK is used to answering calls quickly in his day job as a fireman, but he found a new response time last night for Emley.

Just a couple of hours after his shift had ended in Leeds Bambrook headed in the opening goal inside a minute.

A long free-kick by Simon Johnson was headed back across goal by Chris Hurst and Bambrook repeated his scoring feat from the first game as he nodded in from close range for the Unibond League side.

Rotherham, though, came back with a ferocious reply, Neil Richardson heading wide from a couple of yards out, Andy Roscoe thumping a free-kick off the bar and Jones clearing Lee Glover's rebound off the line.

Glover then bundled in an equaliser after Chris Sedgwick diverted a corner into his path.

The goal released Emley from some of their defensive shackles and the elusive Mickey Reynolds produced some eel-like qualities that will surely soon see him in the Football League. He tricked his way into sending a cross over that Hurst almost converted before going on a mazy run that finished with a flashing drive.

Paul Hurst eventually ended Emley's resistance with a strong run and low shot that roared into the far corner with just eight minutes left.

Mark Wilson spoiled his night when he was sent off for a touchline flare- up with Glover soon after the second goal and a third goal was particularly cruel with Darren Garner crashing in a drive from the edge of the area.

The night ended on an even lower note for Emley as Simon Jones was sent off for dissent in injury time.

Rotherham (4-4-2): Pollitt; Ingledow, Richardson, Dillon, P Hurst; Sedgwick, Hodgson, Garner, Roscoe (Monkhouse, 69); Glover, Berry. Substitutes not used: Thompson, Pettinger, Knill, Tracey.

Emley (4-4-1-1): Rhodes; Wood, Thompson, Lacey, Jones; Tonks (Calcutt, 58), C Hurst, David, Wilson; Reynolds; Bambrook. Substitutes not used: Smith, Hutson, Thorpe, Bray.

Referee: D Laws (Whitley Bay).

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