This season's Abacus Lighting Floodlight Cup challenge started and ended on the artificial surface at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium but what a climax it proved to be at the very end.
The Millers had started brightly and looked the more likely of the two teams to dominate this game against the Division One side and possibly go on to win comfortably. The constant threat down the left flank from Tom Suter and Joe Newton caused all sorts of problems for the home defence and it was one of those runs from Newton on 26 minutes that saw him pull the ball back into the path of Joshua Daniel Scully who subsequently made it 1-0.
Such was the first half possession and attacking mode of the Millers it was the 37th minute when Wakefield recorded their first shot on target. Only three-minutes later and Scully made it 2-0 and on this occasion it was Tom Suter the provider. A well managed first half came to an end and at that stage there wasn't much doubt that we would be in the second round draw.
What followed though was quick goal by Reclon Gashi for the home side and still at that stage it was considered an inconvenience rather than a threat to the end result. What followed was an end to end affair with Wakefield gaining in confidence with every effort on Ryan Hopkins' goal. Josh Scully was replaced by Jack Weaver on 62 minutes and Joe Newton was also replaced 10 minutes later and on this occasion by debutant Scott Martin.
The game was drawing to a close and only eight minutes remained when a moment of sheer inspiration saw Wakefield pull the game level with a goal from Mohammed Hamid. This was the start of a goal frenzy that saw three goals scored in the last four-minutes but sadly for the Millers it was two from the Wakefield men that took the game to 4-2 on 88 minutes. Never say die though when Grant Mitchell is on the field and he managed to claw one back a minute later to bring hope of a penalty shoot-out but the referee signalled the end of a very well contested game shortly after and the Millers set off home empty handed.
Congratulations to Wakefield and good luck to them in this competition and for the remainder of the season.