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REPORT | Rovers 1 Huddersfield Town 0

16 July 2022

Rovers tasted victory in their first home friendly of pre-season with a 1-0 win over Sky Bet Championship side Huddersfield Town.

Trialist C’s second half penalty was the difference to secure a fourth win of the summer schedule so far.

Harrison Biggins and Luke Molyneux were both handed starts, while George Miller returned to the starting XI.

After a cagey opening to the game in testing conditions, Rovers first chance came after a quick break in transition.

Trialist A made a good run in the left and his centre found the onrushing Harrison Biggins, who saw his shot well blocked by Huddersfield defender Matty Pearson.

There was immediately a chance for Town up the other end, when Danny Ward saw his shot saved by the legs of Jonathan Mitchell, before Duane Holmes headed over at the far post.

George Miller then saw his shot stopped in its tracks by a Huddersfield defender, and Trialist C dragged his shot wide to ensure the deadlock was still to be broken at the break.

There were no changes at the break for Gary McSheffrey’s side and they had a good chance to take the lead five minutes into the second half.

Former Rovers loanee Ben Jackson gave the ball away in the Huddersfield half and with the visitors stretched, Tommy Rowe fired wide of the near post from just inside the area.

Town probably should have gone ahead with just over a quarter of the game remaining, substitute David Adewoju was unmarked in the middle but after a ball in from the right could only head straight at Mitchell.

The first goal of the game wasn’t too far away though and it came from brilliant work by George Miller. The forward chased down what looked like a lost cause and got the wrong side of Loick Ayina, before being brought down by the defender for a Rovers penalty.

Trialist C stepped up and sent Gio Bellagambi the wrong way to give Rovers the lead with 20 minutes to go at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Huddersfield looked for an instant response and almost found it via a mazy run from Brahima Diarra, with Rovers eventually clearing their lines.

The one goal proved to be the difference for Rovers and secured their fourth win of pre-season so far, with South Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham United to come on home soil on Tuesday night.

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