Date:Tuesday July 29 2014
29 July 2014
Rotherham United took a team to North Street this evening to take on Conference Premier side Alfreton Town and came away with a two-nil win.
The game got off to a slow start with the hosts having the first sight of goal on six minutes after Kari Arnason gave away a free-kick which Lee Stevenson took and forced Adam Collin, in the Millers' goal, to punch clear. A few minutes later the Millers get a half-chance after Paul Hall got a shot in at goal but The Reds 'keeper Jon Stewart got down well to smother it. Collin was in action again on the quarter-of-an-hour mark when he had to be alert to save from Anthony Howell, who returned to North Street yesterday from Mansfield Town. As the half went on the Millers were looking the stronger and a Ryan Hall corner found the head of Matt Derbyshire but he couldn't keep the ball down and it went over the bar before a Hall free-kick a took a deflection which saw Stewart standing watching as the ball whistled just wide. Stewart did well a few minutes later to save a powerful header from Derbyshire which looked certain to open the scoring while a header from Kirk Broadfoot and another Derbyshire effort also went wide to leave it goalless at half-time.
The second half started slowly with the Millers first shot being a Ryan Hall free-kick which the Alfreton wall easily dealt with. The next action was fifty-six minutes after Matt Derbyshire ran onto a long ball and slipped it past Jon Stewart to open the scoring. This seemed to wake the home side up and minutes later it was nearly one-all when a Bradley Wood cross had Millers Adam Collin making a desperate finger-tip save putting the ball just over the bar and minutes later Collin was in action again when he had to palm away a shot from Jake Sheridan, on for Duane Courtney. With twenty minutes to go Ryan Hall and Bradley Wood clashed with Hall having to leave the field for treatment. Alex Revell perhaps should have done better but his shot was easily saved by Stewart while a low shot from Sheridan had to be palmed away by Collin and Danny Rowe did well to extinguish what looked like a promising home attack. With the last action of the game Mitch Rose put a lovely pass through for Jerry Yates, on for Derbyshire, to slot the ball past Stewart to make it two-nil to the Millers.
Courtney (Sheridan 44)
Stevenson (Hicks 67)
Keane (Rowe-Turner 46)
Gray (Shaw 46)
Bradley (Trialist 77)
Howell (Trialist 77)
Clayton (Trialist 67)
Derbyshire (Yates 75)
Subs not used - Thompson, Lucas, Johnson, Norfolk.
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