Date: 2nd August 2014 at 7:01pm
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Rotherham United won last away pre-season friendly game with a two-one win over Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat this afternoon.

Although the Millers had the better of the game it was Rovers who had an early chance when a cross from Kyle Bennett was just too far away for Nathan Tyson to get a toe to it. At the other end a Joe Skarz cross was put behind for a corner by Cedric Evina with Kirk Broadfoot rising highest to the resulting Ben Pringle corner but the Scottish defender couldn’t control the ball. On eleven minutes the Millers were saved by a back peddling Adam Collin who put the ball behind from a James Coppinger long range shot. Five minutes later the visitors had a great chance when a long clearance from Collin found Jordan Bowery and shrugged off centre-back Luke McCullough but put the ball over the bar. This was followed by a lovely cross from Richard Brindley to Lee Frecklington but the midfielder put the ball well over. At the other end Collin made a good save after the Millers defenders crowded out Rovers captain Rob Jones while Tyson sees a shot go wide a minute later. McCullough did well on the half-hour mark to put a ball from Matt Derbyshire out before it could reach Bowery. Three minutes later the Millers loud and proud following were jumping off their seats after a shot from Bowery was pushed away by Jed Steer, on loan from Aston Villa, with the rebound falling back to Bowery who hit the ball into the back of the net only to see an off-side flag up. With the clock counting down to half-time the Millers came close again when Paul Green found the ball at his feet but his shot inched past the outside of the post.

In the opening minutes of the second half the Millers had another goal disallowed after Jordan Bowery lifted the ball over Steer with Derbyshire putting it over the line only to see the flag raised for off-side again. A shot a few minutes later from Derbyshire didn’t cause Steer any problems with the ‘keeper doing well a minute later to save from Bowery. But, on fifty-two minutes the visitors finally got their reward when Derbyshire did well to get to a Pringle cross and calmly slotted the ball home. And five minutes later the lead was doubled when Lee Frecklington crossed for Ryan Hall who volleyed the ball into the corner of the net. Derbyshire probably should have made it three but his shot was a bit tame and was easily collected by Steer while a shot from Coppinger at the other end troubled no-one except the home fans behind the net. On seventy-two minutes Broadfoot did well to clear a shot from Coppinger while Kari Arnason, on for Brindley, couldn’t direct a header towards goal while Steer brought off an excellent save from Broadfoot with Bowery putting a shot over a few minutes later. In the final ten minutes of the game Jerry Yates, on for Derbyshire, won the ball in midfield and his cross found Bowery at the far post but the ball was cleared for a corner which came to nothing. With the Millers looking to be easing to a victory the hosts pulled one back after Curtis Main, on for Theo Robinson, broke free of his marker and finding Scott Loach, on for Collin, slowly coming towards him he lifted the ball over the Millers ‘keeper into the net. The goal lifted Rovers and Harry Forrester, on for Kyle Bennett, got himself into a good position but dragged his shot wide. Connor Newton, on for Ryan Hall had an angled shot at the end of the game but it was a rushed shot that went well over.

A good work out for the Millers today and it looks like most of the new players have settled in well. New, new boy John Swift came on just before the hour mark for Lee Frecklington and looked OK and I’m sure there is more to come from him.

So with another pre-season friendly win under their belts there’s just one game left before the first game of the season.


Wabara (Lund 69)
Furman (De Val 58)
Jones (Wakefield 46)
Bennett (Forrester 46)
Robinson (Main 46)
Tyson (Peterson 73)

Subs not used – Trialist, Whitehouse, Peterson

Collin (Loach 58)
Brindley (Arnason 58)
Skarz (Sadler 58)
Hall (Newton 58)
Frecklington (Swift 58)
Green (Tidser 58)
Pringle (Milsom 76)
Morgan (Wood 58)
Derbyshire (Yates 76)

Subs not used – Agard, Revell