Date:Monday March 31 2014
Rotherham United Reserves 5 Mansfield Town Reserves 0
A strong Rotherham United Reserve side won their last Third Development League game this afternoon by five goals to nil against Mansfield Town.
The first half began cautiously and the first foray up front for the Millers was on fifteen minutes when Wes Thomas ran into the area but his shot was tame and easily saved by Stags' 'keeper Ian Deakin. The visitors first try was on twenty-two minutes when they were awarded a free-kick which came to the head of Yannick Makota but his header went well wide. At the other end the Millers appealed for a penalty when Darryl Westlake barged into Michael O'Connor as he flew into the area but the referee indicated that the offence had taken place outside the area and gave a free-kick which O'Connor took but saw his shot go wide. As the half closed the Millers were awarded a corner which eventually found it's way to Rob Milsom but the midfielder fired wide from the edge of the area.
The second half was a much better affair and the Millers came out with a purpose with an O'Connor free-kick from twenty-five yards out just skimming the bar. Four minutes later the Millers were in front after Wes Thomas squared a good ball to Nicky Walker and he side footed home from ten yards out. On the sixty-seventh minute after some lovely passing football between O'Connor and Jerry Yates, on for Thomas, a shot towards goal from Walker was blocked but the ball came out to Tom Hitchcock who smashed it home from inside the area. Walker was a thorn in the Stags' side and he was involved in goal three when he left everyone in his wake before sliding the ball across the face of goal to Yates who put it in the back of the net from a couple of yards out. Deakin made a great fingertip save from Hitchcock before the QPR loanee thought he'd scored his second with a great scissor-kick shot but the referee pulled play back for an earlier infringement. Going into the last ten minutes of the game a Milsom cross found the head of Yates who made it four-nil with the fifth goal coming after an O'Connor low corner found Hitchcock who volleyed home in the last minute of the game.
Although the win was good news I think this game gave the 'fringe' players some pitch time as well as seeing long-term injury casualty Mitch Rose get his first sixty minutes of the season.
Subs not used- Bryan, Norfolk, Wiles
Subs not used - Fell, Jones
Date:Monday March 31 2014
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