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Match preview: Fleetwood v Rotherham

4 August 2017

Fleetwood Town return to Highbury on Saturday as they open the new Sky Bet League One season against Rotherham United (3pm k/o).

The Cod Army created history last term, finishing fourth in the league standings before narrowly losing in the play-offs against Bradford City.

Rotherham – who will see Paul Warne start his first full campaign as full-time first team manager – have had success over pre-season with a highlight being their 4-0 win against Barnsley. The Millers were relegated from Sky Bet Championship last time around.

After a disappointing season, the South Yorkshire side will be hoping to bounce back and gain promotion at the first attempt. New signing David Ball, who has scored six goals in pre-season for his new club, will be looking to score against the club who he had five successful years with.

TEAM NEWS

Town have a full squad to select from, with a host a new signings including Lewie Coyle and Conor McAleny pushing to make their competitive debuts for the club.

The Millers are set to name a former Fleetwood front two – with Ball and Jamie Proctor set to the lead the line at Highbury.

ONE TO WATCH

Ex-Town striker Ball is no stranger to Cod Army fans after spending five years with the club before signing for Rotherham in the summer.

The attacker started his career at Manchester City scoring a memorable goal to secure victory in the 2008 FA Youth Cup final against Chelsea. He later signed for Peterborough United in 2011 and made over 40 appearances before moving on-loan to Rochdale.

On the 23rd July 2012, Ball signed for Fleetwood Town and enjoyed a five-year spell at the club with the highlight being his goal against Preston North End and it being nominated for FIFA Puskas Award in 2015, as well as being a key member of the side that won promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

In June 2017, the 27-year-old signed for Saturday’s opponents Rotherham United on a two-year deal after leaving the Fylde Coast side in the summer.

TICKETS

Tickets are still available for the match at Highbury, but ONLY for home fans, as the away allocation is sold out.

Home fans can buy tickets from the ticket office, or by calling 01253 775080.

INTERVIEWS

Watch exclusive interviews with head coach Uwe Rosler and defender Lewie Coyle below for FREE.


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