Date: 14th July 2012 at 3:58pm
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Rotherham United won their first pre-season friendly a resounding six-nil today against Northern Counties East Premier Division side Parkgate FC.

It was literally a game of two halves with the Millers putting out two different sides for forty-five minutes each.

The Millers were well in charge of the game by the time a Ben Pringle corner was put in the back of the net by a Parkgate player, (although Mark Bradley seemed to want to claim it!) and less than a minute later Alec Denton got the first of his two goals after rounding two home defenders before left-footing it into the corner of the net. Andy Warrington had to be on his toes to make a couple of good saves before another Pringle corner found Alex Revell who headed back for Denton to smash it into the back of the net for his second and the Millers third. Revell himself got the fourth when Denton turned provider with the young man nearly getting his hat-trick just before half-time but he saw his free-kick go just over the bar.

Millers first-half team

Andy Warrington

Paul Warne

Connor Johnson

Jason Taylor

Mark Bradley

Johnny Mullins

Gareth Evans

Nicky Walker

Alex Revell

Alec Denton

Ben Pringle

With the referee confusing things a little in the first half with wearing all black, which was what the Millers were in, the second half he came out wearing a green shirt, which was the colour Parkgate played in.

The Millers ‘second’ team of the day started as the ‘first’ team had with much of the possession and the half was only minutes old when a great ball from Lionel Ainsworth to Kayode Odejayi saw the tall centre-forward head home for his first ever Millers goal. The Millers had two goals ruled out for off-side and, at the other end, Scott Shearer, who had a quiet afternoon, did well to palm a Parkgate shot away. A lot of the ball for the Millers was going down the left via Mitch Rose who I thought had an outstanding game with the Millers sixth goal coming near the ninety minutes mark when a ball from Nicky Hunt found Daniel Nardiello and the striker cut inside and put the ball in the corner of the net.

Millers second-half team

Scott Shearer

Nicky Hunt

Laurence Wilson

Kari Arnason

Ian Sharps

Scott Donnelly

Lionel Ainsworth

David Noble

Kayode Odejayi

Daniel Nardiello

Mitchell Rose (Luke Beedham)

A good crowd turned out to watch the new-looking Millers and I don’t think they will have been disappointed with what they saw. I thought Alec Denton had a really good game in the first-half and the second-half team impressed me as a team. I thought Lionel Ainsworth looked quick and was impressed with the way he and Kayode Odejayi teamed up and thought Kari Arnason looked solid. One who really deserves a mention is young Mitchell Rose who didn’t look out of place in, what we are assuming, will be most of the first team next season.