Millers new boy waits for action

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Rotherham United could be thwarted in their bid to see new signing Nicky Adams in a red -and-white shirt today for the first time.

They have a reserve-team league fixture scheduled for this afternoon against Mansfield at Parkgate and it was the chance to give the new winger some action.

I would also be a perfect opportunity for defender Craig Morgan to return to action after being sidelined since New Year’s Day with a toe injury that he originally suffered against Wolves on December 21.

However, there is a clear doubt over the state of Parkgate’s pitch at Green Lane and a referee’s inspection will have to be made today.

The pitch was waterlogged in places on Saturday after overnight rain and Parkgate’s game in the Northern Counties East League against Long Eaton was called off on Saturday morning by local referee Dean Bradshaw.

The women’s game scheduled for yesterday was also off after further rain on Saturday evening.

It means an obvious doubt exists over this afternoon’s fixture (KO 1pm) for the Millers in the Final Third Development League. An early inspection is likely.

Even the pitches on Rotherham’s training ground on the same site had some standing water on them on Saturday.

With all 22 members of his senior squad now fit and available, Millers boss Steve Evans would like the chance to give game time to some of his players if he wished and wants Adams up and running in Millers colours.

Morgan trained last week and was in the squad for the club’s first ever game game at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium which was called off at an 8.30am inspection on Saturday with standing water on parts of the pitch and rain forecast.

The decision was made early so as to prevent Rotherham supporters setting off. The squad had travelled on Friday.

It means the Millers now face a long midweek trip to East Anglia.

No date has been arranged but the earliest it could be fitted in is Tuesday, March 4, which would be four days before Rotherham take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

However, the derby would be off if the Blades beat Forest in the fifth round of the FA Cup because the sixth round is scheduled for March 8.

The next available date for the Colchester game other than March 4 would be March 18.

The Millers have a rearranged game at Preston North End on Tuesday, Feb 25.

For Rotherham followers, the Weston Homes Community Stadium would have been a ‘new ground’ and it will be the 158th different ground the Millers have played on in competitive fixtures since becoming United (through the alliance of Rotherham County, the original club, and Rotherham Town in 1925).

Rotherham’s next game is at home to Stevenage next Saturday.

Neither of the top two in League One, Brentford and Wolves, played at the weekend while third-placed Leyton Orient (nine points ahead of Rotherham) lost 2-1 at home to Peterborough who scored twice in the last two minutes.

That result jumped Posh into sixth place, three points behind the Millers who will have have welcomed the 3-0 home defeat that Walsall suffered to MK Dons which means they remain five points behind Rotherham and have slipped to seventh place, having played a game more.

Fourth-placed Preston won 2-1 at Tranmere and so extended their advantage over the Millers to four points from the same number of games.