PNE Retro November, 12, 1983: PNE 1 - Rotherham 0

PNE vs Rotherham 12th Nov 1983
PNE vs Rotherham 12th Nov 1983
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PNE stopped an eight-match losing streak by beating Rotherham 1-0 at Deepdale - a win which lifted the Lilywhites out of the relegation zone.

Joe Hinnigan’s late header ended PNE’s eight match losing streak as they beat Rotherham 1-0 at Deepdale.

PNE vs Rotherham 12th Nov 1983

PNE vs Rotherham 12th Nov 1983

The three points lifted North End out of the relegation zone.

PNE dominated the first 20 minute but former Burnley keeper and Rotherham shot-stopper Alan Stevenson made several fine saves.

Stevenson thwarted Peter Houghton four times in that 20 minute period and Houghton deflected teammate Tommy Booth’s goalbound header away from goal.

Steve Elliott, Jon Clark, John Kelly, skipper Paul Lodge and Andy McAteer all went close.

Up the other end PNE keeper Peter Litchfield denied Rotherham’s Mick Gooding as he thwarted the visitors first meaningful attack.

But PNE upped the ante as Houghton had another two attempts, McAteer’s cross-shot was saved and Elliott had a penalty appeal turned down.

But Rotherham grew in confidence after their terrible start with Litchfield forced into a good save by Willie Raynes and Gooding.

The PNE keeper made another fine save to deny Gooding’s fierce strike.

Phil Walker fired the ball past Litchfield but the linesman saved the day as the goal was cancelled out for an infringement.

David Jones, Clark, Haughton and Naughton all missed chances for PNE.

Rotherham keeper Stevenson failed to collect Booth’s cross under his bar and the hosts got the all important goal in the 81st minute as Hinnigan pounced in the crowded goalmout to head the ball into the net.

Rotherham felt Stevenson was impeded and protested against the goal but referee Paul Tyldesley waved away their qualms.

Right back Hinnigan said: “We needed the win after our bad run and our goal was a great relief. Things worked better for me today and I was delighted when I scored.”