Monday, 15 October 2018


Forthcoming games:
Tue 16 Oct - AFC Mansfield v Soham Town Rangers - FA Trophy Prelim. Rd Replay - 7.45PM
Thu 18 Oct - Retford United v Swallownest - WVH NMU19L - 7.45PM
Sat 20 Oct - Stoke City v Birmingham City - EFL Championship - 3PM
Sat 27 Oct - Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday - EFL Championship - 3PM
Sat 3 Nov - Derby County v Birmingham City - EFL Championship - 3PM
Midweek gaps will be filled in presently and more games added to this incomplete schedule in due course.
Filmed at the Goldstone Ground,
the former home of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Soham Town Rangers 0 v AFC Mansfield 0 - FA Trophy Preliminary Round

Saturday 13th October 2018
The BuildBase FA Trophy - Preliminary Qualifying Round
at Julius Martin Lane, Soham
Soham Town Rangers (0) 0
AFC Mansfield (0) 0
Admission £9. Programme £2. Attendance 139
Point and hope photo gallery link HERE
Soham Town Rangers:
Josh Pope, Lewis Endacott (Callum Russell 51), Will Gardner, Erkan Okay (Alfie Connor 76), Lee
Chaffey (C), Jack Mochalski, Jon Kaye, Ryan Auger, Michael Baulk, (Marcus Hall 72), Sam Mulready, Joe Carden
Unused subs - Ally Conway, Rob Mason
AFC Mansfield:
Jason White, Liam Marsden, Mark Dudley, Phil Buxton, Jack Broadhead, Jordan Annable, Cameron
Dear, Jimmy Ghaichem (C) Kieran Wells (Nick Guest 69), Brad Wells, Charlie Dawes (Anton
Daniels 82)
Unused subs  - Ellis Wall, Brad Peace-McDonald, Tyrone Burton
Soham Rangers began life in 1919, and Soham Town were formed a year later.
The current side came into being in 1947, when the two original clubs merged and opted to use Julius Martin Lane (which had been Town's ground since 1921), as their home; while Rangers former enclosure became farming land.
Today's Cambridgeshire based hosts, currently ply their trade in the Isthmian League North Division, which is one of three feeder leagues to the Isthmian League Premier Division, which in turn offers a promotion pathway to the National League (South).
Making their first ever journey to the Julius Martin Lane ground this afternoon, from Forest Town, a leafy suburb of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, were: AFC Mansfield, who themselves were only founded as recently as 2012... and in a relatively short time have climbed up to the Northern Premier League (East), via the Central Midlands League and both divisions of the Northern Counties East League.
The 'Greens' currently occupy the bottom spot in the Bostik League (North), while the 'Bulls' are tootling along in fourteenth place,  in the EvoStik Northern Premier League (East Division), as they look to establish themselves at the highest level of the football pyramid that they have ever played at... for the time being at least.
Soham reached the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy, in back to back seasons, a few years ago, namely: 2012–13 and 2013–14; while today marked the first ever appearance in the competition by AFC Mansfield.
On the subject of firsts, this was also my own personal maiden voyage to Soham Town Rangers FC, which means that Julius Martin Lane is the eighteenth previously uncharted (by me) territory that I've ticked off so far this season, towards my intended target total, of forty 'new' grounds, before the end of the 2018-19 campaign. So I've still got quite a long way to go towards that work in progress, but I'm getting there, slowly but surely.
Entertainment on the way down was provided by a number of team members getting up and doing a solo turn on the microphone, as part as a team bonding and spirit raising exercise. Some were better singers than others, but at least some of them had the nerve to give it a go, Jason White's girlfriend was very polished and professional... and much to the amusement of everyone present (and a whole load of people on social media), Brad and Kieran Wells deconstruction of a Vanilla Ice number, proved that they have got what it takes, if they ever wanted to give up football and become full time entertainers, they have got the potential to make it all the way to the top. In fact they reminded me no end of an already proven and multi-talented singing duo: Zig and Zag. See video link HERE
The dark skies that we left behind as the coach pulled away from Forest Town, had been replaced by bright sunshine by the time we arrived in Soham, most likely because the gusts of wind that 'Hurricane Callum' was distributing evenly across this green and pleasant corner of England, had
probably blown all of the grey clouds away.
The weather, was the only winner out on the field of play today, on what must've been a challenging afternoon at times, given the lightweight construction of modern day footballs. But though both defences, and goalkeepers in particular, ruled the roost for the majority of the game, both sides had their moments and will probably feel equally frustrated that they didn't nick a result.
Apart from having studied each others results and a few match reports, since the preliminary round draw was made, these two sides would've known very little about each other prior to kick off, but will now at least have some prior knowledge and insight into each others strengths and weaknesses before they lock horns again in the replay at Forest Town Arena on Tuesday night.
Soham Town Rangers proved to be a very welcoming and friendly host club, they have got some smashing people in situ and a great set up at the club, I hope that they get home a bit quicker than we did this evening, when they head up to Mansfield on Tuesday night.
The first goal-scoring chance of the afternoon fell to Kieran Wells (sponsored by THE66POW), after Cameron Dear had won a corner out on the right, from which Charlie Dawes picked out the prolific striker on the edge of the six yard box, who got his shot away, despite the close attention of Jack Mochalski, but though the home sides keeper Josh Pope probably wouldn't have been able to  get to the ball, through a scrum of players, Michael Baulk was covering the post and  cleared the ball away from virtually off the line. Baulk, the 'Greens' number nine must've covered every blade of grass on the pitch this afternoon, popping up here, there and everywhere over the course of the game... in fact I actually checked at one point to see if Soham only had the one player with a 9 on the back of his shirt.
Liam Marsden was creating no end of problems for the hosts defence, with a succession of crosses, free kicks and long throw ins, that were causing havoc as they moved about in the stiff wind; but the weather dictated conditions, were also giving the visitors forwards a hard time, much as they battled on, with Brad Wells in particular chasing everything and running himself into the ground, while never giving up on the ball as a lost cause.
(K) Wells moved into a withdrawn position to lose the attentions of his marker and slipped a quality ball through into the path of Dawes, who was odds on to break the deadlock, until the impressive Mochalski moved swiftly to block the resulting effort and clear the ball away.
Another long throw from Marsden was met by Jack Broadhead,whose flick on across the face of Pope's goal dropped inches wide of the far post.
(B) Wells' persistence saw him win the ball just inside the Soham area and he rolled it back into the path of Phil Buxton, who drilled a snap shot over the bar.
However, it was the home side who had the best two chances to break the deadlock before half time, but the former Mansfield Town keeper Jason White pulled off a couple of great saves to repel: Joe Carden in the first instance, after Sam Mulready had put him through on goal, and then any even better block from close quarters, when Lewis Endacott had instigated a flowing forwards move via Baulk and Jon Kaye, before continuing his run to get on the end of Kaye's nudge into the area, before he was thwarted by the 'Bulls' keeper.
HT: Greens 0 v Bulls 0
If anything, there was less goal bound traffic after the game, but the visitors almost stole the lead, when Pope fumbled a long shot from Dawes that he looked to have covered ad let the ball slip from his grasp, but it rolled harmlessly past the upright.
Will Gardner motored forward for Soham and laid the ball out wide to Baulk, who had made a good position for himself out on the right, but Mark Dudley had read his intentions well and intercepted the return ball towards Gardner.
Ryan Auger linked up with Carden, whose cross was dealt with by Jordan Annable, who is showing maturity beyond his years, since being converted to central defence from  his preferred role of full back. You get the impression that he'd be happy to play in any position as long as he was regularly getting a game.
(B) Wells broke into the left hand side of Soham area and played the ball to his right where he found Buxton, whose dipping shot crashed into the stand behind Pope's goal. I'm sure, that one of these days, one of those Buxton shots is going to find the top corer of the net. But when Dawes created a similar chance for him a few minutes later, the wind helped the ball on it'sway over it's intended target.
Dawes saw his shot deflect past the post and when he took the corner himself, he picked out Ghaichem on the edge of the area, who steadied himself and launched a shot that flew inches wide of the right hand post.
Lee Chaffey went close for the home side, but his header from Callum Russell's throw in, ended up on the roof of the net.
Annable blocked Alfie Connor's shot then raced forward to join in with the 'Bulls' attack, as the play switched quickly from one end of the field to the other. The young defender challenged for the ball from Marsden's long throw from the left wing... and the Soham captain Cheffey must've been very relieved to hear the whistle blow for an apparent infringement in the area, as he got to ball a fraction before Annable and it skimmed off of his head, for what would've been an own goal.
I personally thought the match officials had a decent game in what must have been trying conditions.
Right at the death the referee, Jeff Aldous, blew for another foul in the Soham area and gave the hosts a free kick, but just for a moment I thought he might have been awarding a penalty in lieu of Mochalski performing the Heimlich manoeuvre on Anton Daniels, while he wrestled to break free on the goal line. 
And that was that, all round to the Forest Town Arena on Tuesday night for the replay.
FT: Soham Town Rangers 0 v AFC Mansfield 0
'In flight' entertainment on the way home, was provided by the dulcet tones of Laura, 'Ginger Man Karaoke' and a diminutive Romanian football manager singing about one Cornetto.
Replay details:
Tuesday 16th October 2010, 7.45PM kick off, at Forest Town Arena, Clipstone Road West, Mansfield, NG19 0EE.
Entrance to the car park at the groundis via Second Avenue, which can be found down the side of the Co-op store oppositee the Prince Charles public house.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

England U21 7 v Andorra U21 0 - U21 Euro 2019 Qualifier

The England U21 team arrive at a Nationwide League ground
U21 European Championship 2019  Qualifier - Group 4
at The Proact Stadium
England U21 (3) 7
Ademola Lookman 8, Ezri Konsa Ngoyo 27
Dominic Calvert-Lewin 45+1, 48
Dominic Solanke 81, Reiss Nelson 90+2
Christian Garcia Gonzale OG 90+4
Andorra U21 (0) 0
Admission £10. Programme £3.
Attendance 7,137
Andorra travelled to Derbyshire, on this mild and very un-October like evening, having picked up just two points from their previous eight qualifying games, while occupying bottom place in the group table. And without wanting to sound too disparaging, it was fairly obvious to everyone present, why they are in such a predicament.
When these two sides last met, back in November at the Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, the 'Three Lions' beat Andorra 1-0, courtesy of an Ainsley Maitland-Niles goal.
Even though England's final goal tally was boosted by a late flurry (and an own goal by Christian Garcia Gonzale), they still won this game comfortably, very handsomely and at a canter... while adhering to the old saying: "You can only beat what is in front of you". There were times when the highly rated Manchester United keeper, Dean Henderson, who is currently plying his trade on loan at Sheffield United, cut a very lonely figure, occupying a whole half of the pitch to himself for long spells.
Henderson in the D
Aidy Boothroyd's team went into tonight's game, as group leaders, knowing that they only needed one point, to guarantee their qualification for next years European Championship tournament, which is being staged in Italy and San Marino.
Following this one-sided game, at the Proact Stadium, the home of nonleague Chesterfield FC, the U21 side now travel up to Gorgie, in Edinburgh, on Tuesday, to face Scotland at the Heart of Midlothian's Tynecastle Park; a game that will kick off at 5.30PM, if you' feel tempted to travel up.
Hearts, are one of the teams that Boothroyd played for, prior to his move to Mansfield Town in 1993.
With Gareth Southgate having promoted Mason Mount of Chelsea (on loan to Derby County) and James Maddison of Leicester City, to the senior side squad, Boothroyd moved quickly to add Manchester City's Phil Foden, Arsenal's Reiss Nelson (on loan at Hoffenheim), and Leicester City's Harvey Barnes (on loan at West Brom), to his bolster his ranks, as his unbeaten side prepared for their last two group fixtures. Two of them featured tonight, with Foden having a quite outstanding game, while Nelson weighed in with a goal (having already hit the post) after entering the fray as substitute with eighteen minutes of the game remaining, which probably means that Barnes will get a taste of the action on Tuesday night.
Three lions and a rodent, pestering kids.
England opened the scoring in the eighth minute, when Tom Davies released Jonjoe Kenny on the right wing, and the Everton defender picked out his club teammate: Ademole Lookman, just inside the area, who advanced past two half hearted Andorra challenges before planting the ball past the Andorra goalkeeper Francisco Pires.
Other than conceding Lookman's strike, Pires, for his part, was initially keeping England at bay, and was a bit unlucky to concede a second goal, after blocking a shot by Lewis Cook (of Bournemouth) only to see Brentford's Ezri Konsa Ngoyo reach the rebound first and score with an angled knock.
Foden was proving to be a real thorn in Andorra's (back)side and he went close right at the end of the first half , but Calvert-Lewin made it 3-0 in first minute of added time, when Pires advanced from his line to challenge Lookman, who steered the ball away from the keeper while 'megging' Aleix Viladot, giving Dominic Calvert-Lewin the simplest of chances to roll the ball into an unguarded net.
HT: England U21 3 v Andorra U21 0
Three minutes into the second half, Konsa Ngoyo was fouled in the Andorra area by Claudi Bove, right at the start of the second half and Dominic Calvert-Lewin smashed the resulting penalty kick into the roof of the visitors net.
It was safe tosay by now, that England could've played me in goal for the remainder of the game and still have qualified for the Euro 2019 tournament.
The host side played keep ball for a wile and patiently kept possession, using the whole width of the pitch, with Tottenham's Kyle Walker-Peters looking good out on the left, while Foden and Cook dominated the midfield.
In the eighty first minute, England eventually scored again, when Foden threaded a pass through to Dominic Solanke, and the Liverpool striker, took the ball round the advancing Pires and rolled the ball into the open goal.
Despite conceding seven goals, Pires did well at times over the course of the game, and I think that he had every right to ask his defenders, where the effing hell they had buggered off to, at times tonight.

In stoppage time, the eager to impress and hungry looking Nelson, made it 6-0 on his U21 debut, with an audacious flick over Pires, off of his heel.
England's seventh goal, was scored with the last touch of the game, by Andorra's Garcia Goncalves, who helped the ball on it's way into his own goal after Solanke had nudged it past Pires.
FT: England U21 7 v Andorra U21 0

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Gainsborough Trinity 3 v Basford United 2 - EvoStik League NPL Prem

Tuesday 9th October 2018
EvoStik Northern Premier League - Premier Division
at the Martin & Co.Arena/Northolme
Gainsborough Trinity (3) 3
Alex Byrne12
Ash Worsfold 24, 43
Basford United (0) 2
Matt Thornhill 51
Nat Watson 80
Admission £12. Programme £2.50
Attendance 378
Tonight's win moved Trinity up a place in the table to eighth, two points behind third placed Basford, having played four games less than their Nottingham based visitors.
In fact, the 'Holy Blues' have games in hand over all seven of the teams above them, as they maintained a 100% home winning run of five games out of five, a record that is matched by only one club in the whole division, namely: fourth placed South Shields.
During an interview 0n his own club's website, in the build up to the game, the Basford manager: Martin Carruthers, had spoken highly of tonight's opposition, going as far as to say that he would have taken a point as being a good result.
And his side certainly came very close to leaving Lincolnshire with a draw under their belts, despite going in at the break three goals behind.
Although Gainsborough still had to find the wherewithal and acumen to convert the chances that came their way, and credit where it is due to the home side to that end,
the visitors were more than a little culpable of contributing to their own downfall in front of Kieran Preston's goal, as they displayed traits of defensive negligence and ineptitude that was the exact polar opposite of the way that they were performing elsewhere on the pitch.
Basford really should have dealt with Simmons cross from the right in the twelfth minute: but as Preston shook his hands at the ball, in a manner befitting Al Jolson acknowledging his 'Mammy', allowing the ball to reach the head of Joe Maguire, who flicked it across the six yard box, where Alex Byrne added the finishing touch.
The visitors were nearly on equal terms almost immediately, when Nat Watson drilled a shot on the turn narrowly past the upright from twelve yards out.
But although Basford were enjoying a lot of the ball and shifting it around at pace in an eye-catching fashion, on the lush carpet of a Northolme pitch, any kind of end result was evading them, with Nathan Stainfield in particular keeping them at bay... and they fell two goals behind, when Ash Worfold diverted a left wing delivery from Alex Simmons past Preston, from the edge of the six yard box, while the United defence all appeared to collectively abdicate responsibility for clearing the ball (and picking up the runs of Worsfold and Byrne) to each other.
With half time approaching, a teasing cross from Jack Thomas only needed a touch to give the visitors a lifeline to take into the second half, but it wasn't to be and instead of cemeenting the foundations for a comeback, Basford shot themselves in the foot at the other end, when a routine back-pass was criminally under-hit, allowing Worsfold to nip in and plant the ball past Preston.
If his own teammates can provide Worsfold with that kind of ammunition on a regular basis, he'll top the goal-scoring charts in this league by a mile.
HT: Trinity 3 v Basford 0
Inevitably, Basford were going to come out in the second half fighting to restore some pride... and six minutes after the restart, they pulled a goal back, when Matt Thornhill, one of several former Trinity players gracing the visitors line up tonight, found the net, just moments after Jon Stewart had pulled off a great save at full stretch.
Carruther's side were taking the game to their hosts, who were putting up a frantic rearguard action.
But as the visitors started to commit their resources into chasing the game, Gainsborough pushed forward trying to put the result out of reach... and Preston did well to save Joe McGuire's downward header from Byrne's right wing delivery, Liam King's dipping shot from just outside the area, narrowly cleared the bar and Stainfield headed wide from Simmons cross.
Finally, with ten minutes remaining, it really was 'game on' as Watson topped off a great night's work, with a well directed strike as the ball pinged around the 'Holy Blues' area.
But much as the visitors slogged on, looking for a third goal, with the clock ticking down, it was actually Trinity who almost scored again, when Preston pulled off a 'worldly' of a double save, denying Simmons and King in quick succession, before Simmons crashed the ball over the bar from ten yards out.
FT: Gainsborough Trinity 3 v Basford United 2
A local landmark in need of some TLC
Several people were heard, over the course of the night, to remark on the fact that £12 is a lot of money to watch EvoStik League football... and I was one of them. But even though it probably was a bit on the expensive side, as regards entertainment, people got more than their money's worth tonight.
In conclusion: that was a cracking game of football... and both teams more than played their part.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Birmingham City 3 v Rotherham United 1 - EFL Championship

Saturday 6th October 2018
SkyBet EFL Championship
at St. Andrew's Stadium
Birmingham City (2) 3
Lukas Jutkiewicz 20, 23, 68
Rotherham United (0) 1
Jon Taylor 77
Attendance: 19,795 (inc. 759 away fans)
Both sides went into today's game off the back of drawn games in midweek; with the Millers (apparently) playing well (or so I am reliably informed), but having to settle for a goalless draw at home, against Bristol City on Wednesday; while a ten man Blues side, picked up a very credible result, taking a point from a 1-1 draw at promotion chasing Brentford, after going in front courtesy of a Michael Morrison goal in the twenty sixth minute, to mark the occasion of his 150th appearance for the club.
The red card that Maikel Kieftenbeld received against the Bees, was overturned on appeal yesterday afternoon. However, Garry Monk's one game touchline ban, in lieu of his vociferous protest towards the fourth official, in response to Kieftenbeld's wrongful sending off on Tuesday night, wasn't similarly rescinded, and subsequently, he was watching from a seat in the stand this afternoon.
While, of course, Neal Maupay, the Brentford player whose play acting led to Kieftenbeld's dismissal, when he fell to the floor clutching his face, pretending to have been assaulted, remains unpunished, even retrospectively.
To demonstrate their level of support of and faith in Garry Monk, Blues supporters have been contributing to a 'Go Fund Me' online fundraising page, that has been set up by Tilton Road season ticket holder Andrew Purcell, to chip in towards the £2,000 fine that their manager also received, for remonstrating against the aforementioned red card.
Mr Purcell says on the page:
G.M has been fined £2,000 for his protest on a red card decision which was made by officials ‘managing’ the match between Brentford and Birmingham City on 2/10/18.
I would like to raise that £2,000 to give back to Monk on behalf of the fans at Birmingham City Football Club. We are a club that holds just over 30,000 so we should have no trouble in hitting that target! Even if you could donate just £5 we should hit the target before the game on Saturday! Let’s show him how amazing this club really is! 
He wouldn't [shouldn’t] have had to pay the fine if the officials took off their blindfolds and done their jobs correctly.
Lets lead footballing by example and show our support and gratitude to our manager! We are not a team that will be broken easily,  we are not a team that will crumble at the sight of a loss and we are certainty not a team that throw cabbages at our manager despite him sticking around amid administration rumours. 
We are a proud team who keeps the faith, keeps hope even through all the struggles and hard times. We are the 12th man behind the ball and most of all we always Keep right on till the end of the road! Blues go down, Blues go down, Blues go down together!
Click the link HERE to view how fundraising is progressing and/or to donate.
759 Rotherham fans
The result at Griffin Park, saw Birmingham increase their run of consecutive unbeaten games to seven, and was their eighth draw so far out of eleven league starts this season; while they had also lost two and won one, prior to today's first home win of the campaign.
Rotherham arrived at St. Andrew's, level on points with Blues, but a place behind them on goal difference.
Which possibly sounds more glamorous than cutting to the chase and saying: eighteenth placed Blues hosted nineteenth placed Rotherham this afternoon, with both teams starting the day just four points above the drop zone. Although I could just as easily offset that by saying; this was steady if unspectacular performance by Birmingham, who haven't lost at home since March 6th (01 v Middlesbrough); but the result was never in any doubt, once Luka Jutkiewicz's hat trick and display of clinical and ruthless finishes, put Blues convincingly ahead, as they carved an eighth notch onto their current unbeaten run, that saw them climb to within just four points of the play-offs. Although the likelihood of such a scenario unfolding is more of a possibility than a probability at the current time.
Spin and statistics have been used to fill up a few more column inches, ever since quills and ink were invented. And while we're still on the subject... what a topsy turvy afternoon it was elsewhere in the Championship today, where only four points separate the teams in sixth and eighteenth place, AKA West London rivals: Brentford and QPR, while Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion now occupy the top two places, after Middlesbrough lost at home against Nottingham Forest (who shot up six places to fifth) while Leeds United were held to a draw at Elland Road by Brentford. Even Ipswich picked up their first win of the season, beating Swansea 2-3 at the Liberty Stadium.
As for Rotherham, hmm,well they proved to be a model of consistency yet again, and have now lost all six of their away games in the Championship this season, but at least they scored today, which doesn't happen very often when they're on their travels.
Once more, this league is proving to be a most intriguing contest, where everything is seemingly in a constant state of flux and virtually any given club can pull off a surprise result at any time. Whisper it quietly, but as things stand, if Blues win their next game (Stoke City away, Saturday 20th October), once fixtures resume after next weekend's international break, mathematically, they could sneak up on the rails into the top half of the table.
Che Adams fashioned the first chances of the game for himself, muscling his way forward into the visitors area, where his initial shot was blocked by Will Vaulks, while he dragged his second effort wide of the right hand upright, when he latched onto the rebound.
The lively Adams picked up the ball some thirty yards out from goal, but was fouled by Semi Ajayi before he could progress any further forward. Gary Gardner took responsibility for the resulting free kick and found the target with a dipping and curling shot... if he was actually aiming for seat 132 on row 11 of the Gil Merrick Stand.
In the twentieth minute, Ajayi got caught in two minds while trying make a clearance by the dead ball line... and clumsily let it go out at the expense of a corner for Blues. His mistake was punished, when Jota's delivery beyond the back post, was met by Lukas Jutkiewicz, who powered a header into the top left hand corner of the goal, despite Marek Rodak getting his fingertips to it. And three minutes later, Jutkiewicz struck again, when he was on hand to pounce on Rodak's parry from Gardner's half volley, after some gewat movement and passing in the build up, from Kristian Pedersen (what a shift he put in today, by the way), Jota and Adams.
Gardner and Maikel Kieftenbeld, were proving to be a formidable pairing in the middle of the park, breaking up most of Rotherham's attacks before they even got started, but they did manage to fashion themselves three chances, of sorts, when Ryan Williams shot straight at the former Millers goalkeeper Lee Camp from fifteen yards, before Ryan Manning miscued a long range shot so badly, that the ball limped apologetically out of play for a throw in.
With the first half clock running down, the visitors managed a decent attempt on goal when Maxime Colin headed Joe Newell's long free kick away and the loose ball fell to Matt Palmer, whose dipping shot was tipped over the bar by Camp.
HT: Blues 2 v Millers 0
At the outset of the second half, Jota showed a clean pair of heels to Joe Mattock on the halfway line, but before he could dart forward on the right, the visitors number three sliced him down. But as Jota sprung up and brushed himself down following the heavy challenge, Mattock had hurt himself and he stayed down requiring treatment... and when he finally got up, the referee, Keith Stroud, was waiting to brandish a yellow card at him.
Jota sprinted forward from his own half and threaded a pass forward to Jacques Maghoma, who put his shot on the turn over the bar. The same player was unlucky not to score moments later too, when Vaulks cleared his low angled shot virtually off of the goal line.
Blues pushed forward again and Jutkiewicz was fouled in the D on the edge of the area. Jota rolled the free kick to Maghoma who set up a shooting opportunity for Jutkiewicz and he fizzed an unstoppable shot through a crowd of bodies to register his first ever hat-trick.
Michael Morrison got a knock in the face and had to leave the pitch with a broken nose, but Marc Roberts didn't let anybody down when he came on in place of his captain.
Kyle Vassell, on as a second half substitute to beef up the visitors attack had a chance to reduce his sides arrears, but only provided Camp with a relatively easy catch to make.
However, Vassell did create Rotherham's consolation goal, when he surged forward on the left and crossed to Jon Taylor, who stabbed the ball past Lamp.
Connor Mahoney was introduced into the fray late on, to do his 'impact sub' thing again and he almost got his name on the score-sheet, but was denied by Rodak who pulled off a brave save at close quarters.
FT: Birmingham City 3 v Rotherham United 1
The visitors manager Paul Warne (who!!??), said that he thought the game had been fairly even, but also conceded that his side had been out-muscled, as Blues squad once again adapted to a slightly different system to claim the result.
A Rotherham fan on New Street Station, after the game, said that his side had deserved something out of the game this afternoon.
Yes pal! I agree... a smacked arse and sending to bed without any tea.
It was a fair and just result.
The Championship is now on hold for two weeks because of the international break, but when play resumes, Rotherham will entertain Bolton Wanderers at home, while Blues travel to Stoke City. I'll be at one of those games.