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Reserves preview: Rotherham United vs Stags

29 January 2018

Mansfield Town's reserves travel to South Yorkshire to face Rotherham United in the Central League Cup semi-final on Tuesday (1.00pm kick-off).

Stags will be aiming for a place in the final of the competition and face Rotherham at the Roundwood Sports Complex after the Millers qualified as the best runner-up in the group stages.

Manager Steve Evans has used the competition – as well as the Central League domestic campaign – to increase the competitive match minutes for members of his squad and they have enjoyed great success thus far.

They qualified as winners from group 2 with three wins from their three games. During the trio of matches, Stags scored eight goals and conceded zero.

After winning 4-0 against Burton Albion at St George's Park thanks to goals from midfielder Jacob Mellis, left-back Mal Benning and a brace from striker Danny Rose, Stags then won 2-0 at home to Grimsby Town, courtesy of a Lee Angol brace.

Stags then maintained their 100 percent record and booked their spot in the semi-finals thanks to an Alfie Potter brace against Notts County at Rainworth Miners Welfare in a 2-0 victory.

Like previous fixtures, Stags are expected to field a strong side for the match against the Millers, with goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik, defender Johnny Hunt, midfielders Paul Digby, Calum Butcher and Jack Thomas, and striker Omari Sterling-James all likely to feature.

The Millers joined Stags, Port Vale and Wigan Athletic in the semi-finals after finishing as the best runner-up across the three groups. They attained six points from their three fixtures, winning two and losing one.

The Millers secured their spot in the semi-finals with back-to-back 4-0 wins over local rivals Doncaster Rovers and Walsall, before losing 6-0 to group winners Port Vale in December.

We last met the Millers in September 2017, when despite a dominant performance and two stone-wall penalty appeals being waved away, Stags slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

Supporters are welcome to watch the match at the following venue:
Roundwood Sports Complex,
Green Lane,
S62 6LA

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