Rovers development squad boss John Schofield felt the squad’s younger players will have benefitted from coming up against an experienced Rotherham United reserve team.
Schofield’s men faced a Millers side filled with Football League experience, and it was that which ultimately proved to be Rovers undoing as they recorded a 4-0 victory.
“They were a strong side, and it is a great experience for our lads to play against them, but getting 90 minutes out of Harry Toffolo is also a bonus,” Schofield said.
“We’ve also had the chance to get a look at a couple trialists, there’s loads of positives to take from that because that was a strong side that we faced.
“We want to win every game that we play but my lads will have learnt a lot, the physical players that they faced means that they have to find different ways to deal with the opposition but they did well.”
Goals from Jerry Yates, former Rovers loan man Jonson Clarke-Harris, Anthony Forde and a late stunner from Mason Warren saw the visitors come away with the win, but it was a scoreline that looked more comfortable than it really was.
“I was pleased with the way the lads stuck to the game plan and we tried to play how we wanted to, we had some great chances there,” he said.
“We competed and created chances, and at times we had good possession of the ball. This gives us another pathway to the next level of football, it is a long way from these lads playing on a Saturday morning, coming up against the players with the experience Rotherham had and it’s all about progression.”