There was an exceptionally warm welcome when the Millers arrived at St Giles Park by everyone at the Sandiacre Town club and it appeared that the goodwill gestures then extended onto the playing field. From the outset the Milers went to open the scoring and they didn't have to wait long when Josh Scully broke in from the right and fired in a hard low cross that Jake Johnson re-directed into the goal past Jimmy Knowles on three-minutes. From there on there was very little in the way of a threat from the hosts apart from some solid defending. Scully had hit the bar from a free-kick, Mitchell, Suter and Brooks had all gone close but it was Brooks just before the break that secured number two. It was an enterprising run from the nippy winger and having to ride three challenges, and three blockages he finally forced it past Knowles again.
The second half was a totally different affair when the Saints came out of the traps like a team transformed and threatened from all areas of the pitch. It took just nine-minutes of that second period when Dupuku Blaise to pull one back. It was a case of riding the storm for a lengthy spell by the Millers defence but a cruel decision saw Ross Murcott allegedly give away a penalty just two-minutes later. It was Leonardi Jopvan that stepped up to take the kick against Ryan Hopkins who so far had never managed to save a penalty in his time with our club.
Jopvan chose to go low and hard to the right and luckily so did Hopkins and after parrying the ball he collected it safely.
If ever there was a wake-up call this was it and the game swung from end to end but neither side could add to their tally. The late threat of an equaliser came from the Saints utilising a tremendous long-throw tactic when the opportunity arose.
However after two-minutes added time the referee, Kieran Widdowson blew his whistle and the Millers journey into round 3. POTM was awarded by the Management to Ryan Hopkins.