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6 February 2018

Development manager John Schofield praised the impact first-team player Alfie May had in the 1-1 draw against Rotherham Reserves at Cantley Park.

May was a constant thorn in the side of the Millers defence but could not find a way past goalkeeper Laurence Bilboe, but Schofield was impressed with the way the forward created chances in the game.

“Their goalkeeper has had a fantastic game and you have to praise him for that, Alfie is a very good footballer and he was keeping him at bay, especially in the first-half,” he said.

“I like Alfie, he is a forward that is not scared to get into the box and create chances for himself and his team-mates, and I couldn’t fault his performance.

“It was a real end-to-end game, in the last 20 minutes of the first half I feel that we had a tight grip on the affair, then in the second half it became a little bit frantic.”

The first chance of the game fell to the home side just before the 20th minute mark, a corner from Danny Amos found the head of Will Longbottom, but his effort crashed off the crossbar before heading behind for a goal-kick.

May was in inspired form and thought he had opened the scoring with a delightful chip over the ‘keeper, however his attempt was chalked off for offside.

On the 32nd minute the Millers took the lead, a cross from the left-hand side by Reece McGinley was powerfully headed home by forward Joshua Kayode inside the box.

After the break, the visitors started the stronger of the two sides, a long-range attempt from Kuda Muskwe was hit wide before a quick free-kick from Ben Wiles was failed be put home by one of the advancing forwards.

Those warning shots from Rotherham sprung Rovers into life, and in the matter of minutes they forced a double save from Bilboe.

A effort from May was initially saved by the ‘keeper before the ball popped up to Longbottom, this time Bilboe made an instinctive save with his foot to deny the striker.

But from the resulting corner Rovers levelled the game up, a short corner between Longbottom and Amos saw the latter take aim and guide a left-footed effort into the bottom corner of Bilboe’s net.

As the game drawn to a close  the Millers came close to regaining the lead, firstly an effort from Kayode rattled a post before the forward then blasted an effort off the underside of the crossbar.

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