Rotherham United were foiled in their attempt to give vital match action to some of their players yesterday.
Manager Steve Evans viewed the scheduled reserves fixture with Mansfield as the chance to let new signing Nicky Adams get his Millers career up and running and also a good opportunity to give some game time to others with skipper Craig Morgan ready to play again after more than a month out following toe surgery.
However, the pitch at Parkgate, waterlogged over the weekend, was ruled unfit yesterday morning and so it was called off much to Rotherham’s frustration.
Evans said there were a number of players who needed a match and were down to play although he would not have played anyone who would have started at Colchester had that game gone ahead at the weekend.
“These games are important for players to play in and it is another way of showing they are ready to challenge for a first team spot,” said Evans.
The next scheduled reserves game is also against Mansfield in the reserves cup next Monday at Parkgate (1pm).
Tonight, Evans - who had the chance to take in the Walsall v MK Dons game on Saturday - intends travelling to Brunton Park to see Carlisle take on Bradford City. Rotherham are at Carlisle on February 22.
Next Saturday, the Millers are at home to Stevenage and by a strange quirk of the fixture list, including games being off, it will be the TENTH home game Rotherham will have had out of their last 13 Saturdays of football stretching back to Colchester at home on November 2.
Young goalkeeper Tony Thompson has gone out on loan to Ossett Albion in the Evo-Stik League.
The 19-year-old was sub ‘keeper for five months last season during the injury absence of Scott Shearer. He has been sub once this time, at Tranmere recently.