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Town continue pre-season preperations with Rotherham run-out

7 July 2022

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Fleetwood Town carried on their pre-season preparations on Thursday evening as they faced Rotherham United in a behind closed doors friendly at Park Plaza in Croatia.

In a game that was mainly about fitness, it was a quick start for both sides as they looked to take the lead from the first whistle. Both Toto Nsiala and Josh Earl worked well together in as they warded off some early crosses from the right, with Shayden Morris and Ellis Harrison being lively at the other end of the pitch.

Rotherham managed to find the back of the net halfway through the first half after a goalmouth scramble, but that didn't affect the work rate of the Cods as they continued to press forwards until the half-time break. The best chance fell to Chris Conn-Clarke as he got on the end of a lofted free-kick from Danny Andrew and forced a save from their goalkeeper.

Nine changes were made shortly after the half-time break to get minutes into the legs, which meant the ball spent the majority of the half in the middle of the park. Paddy Lane and Cian Hayes both did well on the wings, with the Northern Irishman creating our best chance of the half, firing just over.

A penalty was awarded to the Millers before the end of the game, which was scored by Georgie Kelly. With not long to go in the game, Fleetwood made their final change, bringing Sam Brid onto the pitch, with the referee blowing the final whistle soon after.

The Cods have one more friendly whilst on tour in Croatia as they are set to face Croatian side HNK Orijent 1919 on Saturday.

Town XI: Lynch (GK), Johnston (Rooney), Nsiala (Holgate), Earl (Johnson), Andrew (Edwards), Batty, Boyle (Vela), G.Garner (Bird), Morris (Lane), Harrison (J.Garner), Conn-Clarke (Hayes).

Millers XI: Johansson (GK), Wood (Bramall), Odoffin (Humphreys), Harding, Kioso, Barlaser (Hull), Lindsay, Rathbone, Bola, Washington, Kelly.  

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