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FT: Tamworth 1    2 Rotherham United

31 July 2010

Tamworth entertained League 1 outfit Rotherham United who were playing their final warm up game before League 1 the season kicks off. Ronnie Moore fielded a full strength line up for the Millers  and in the first half it was the Lambs who dominated much of the game and were unlucky not to go in at the break with more than a single goal advantage.

The Lambs used their fourth goalkeeper of the pre season campaign with the number one shirt taken by  Stoke City custodian Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton. With Seb Lake Gaskin, Jay Smith and Claus Jorgensen all out injured, Gary Mills was pleased to see Neil MacKenzie fit again and there was a 90 mins run out for Scott Barrow who impressed in midweek against Chesterfield.

The majority of the first half chances fell to Tamworth, who played some neat passing football at times. Alex Rodman was at the heart of a number of Tamworth chances. The higher ranking opposition were limited to some long range efforts by a sterling Tamworth back four, with Scott Barrow again impressing the Lambs faithful.

It was MacKenzie who broke the deadlock in the 26th minute. He picked up the ball 20 yards out, skipped past two tackles and planted a low shot into the net, taking his pre-season tally to four. (1-0)

Rodman went close to doubling the lead in successive minutes. A free kick was awarded to the Lambs in the 40th minute for a foul on Danny Thomas. Rodman's free kick was touched over by Andy Warrington in the Millers goal. A minute later a powerful shot by Rodman was charged down and the chance was cleared.

HT: Tamworth 1    0 Rotherham United

Tamworth started the second half in a positive fashion but poor defending allowed Rotherham back into the game in the 55th minute. A deep cross to the back post was not picked up and Ryan Creswell headed home unmarked from close range. (1-1). Within two minutes the Millers grabbed the lead when Adam Le Fondre stooped low to head home standing virtually on the goal line.

Tamworth continued to press forward with Daniel Bradley, Tom Marshall and Richard Tait all going close, but failing to find the back of the net for the all important second goal.

Tamworth Team:

Hamilton, Tait, Marshall (Rowe), Bradley (Mitchell), Wylde, Rodman (Fairclough), Perry, MacKenzie, Thomas (Farrell), Sheridan (Lyttle), Barrow

Rotherham United Team:

Warrington, Newey, Harrison, Cresswell, Law, Taylor, Le-Fondre, Green (Darley, Ashworth, Ellison, Elliott (Ani). Subs: Warned, Marshall, Annerson, Banks.

Attendance: 456

Referee: Mr S Martin

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