FULL TIME: Stocksbridge Park Steels 0, Rotherham United 3

Millers boss Steve Evans took a strong side to face Stocksbridge this afternoon

Millers boss Steve Evans took a strong side to face Stocksbridge this afternoon

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Two of Rotherham United’s new faces were the stars of the show as the Millers ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Stocksbridge Park Steels.

In the second friendly of pre-season, the pace and penetration of former Leeds United flyer Aidy White were too much for the home side to handle, while central midfielder Grant Ward scored his second spectacular goal in two games.

Stocksbridge fought gamely, but the Millers were always too fast and slick for them.

Steve Evans’ men went into the lead after 18 minutes when a driving run by White - and there were several of those before he went off, job done, at the break- saw the ball end up at the feet of Richie Smallwood who coolly slotted home.

Ward, with his sharp athleticism, had shown up well from the start and in the 35th minute he did what he did at Parkgate FC in midweek: fire in a superb long-range effort.

The 19-year-old, who is a Spurs player but training with the Millers, looked up, the connection was oh-so-sweet and a thumping drive flew into the net.

Another new boy, Greg Halford, was a composed, intelligent presence up front with his touch and awareness in the opening 45 minutes.

The Millers made a raft of changes at half-time, and they paid off after just 53 seconds of the second period when a cross from Danny Ward presented Jonson Clarke-Harris with an easy header.

That was the end of the scoring. There were chances for Danny Ward, Clarke-Harris and Jerry Yates to extend the lead, but Steels keeper Sam Andrew was in inspired form.

Next up for the Millers is a trip to Alfreton Town on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.30pm.

Stocksbridge: Andrew, Scully, Coleman, Haigh (Thompson, 59), Cardwell, McFadyen, Biggins, Hinchcliffe (Shaw, 68), Garside (Stirrup, 68), Critchlow, Lever (Turner, 72). Subs not used: Laight, Reay.

Rotherham United (first half, 4-4-2): Collin; Richardson, Thorpe, Collins, Warren; Trialist, Grant Ward, Smallwood, White; Halford, Bowery.

Rotherham United (second half, 4-4-2): Collin; Dickinson, Wood, Thorpe (Peace-McDonald, 64), Warren; Yates, Green, Frecklington. Trialist (Rose, 71); Danny Ward, Clarke-Harris.

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