A second half strike from Hakeeb Adelakun proved to be the difference as Town were narrowly defeated 1-0 by Doncaster Rovers in a behind closed doors friendly which took place at The EnviroVent Stadium this afternoon.
With Saturday’s match against Grimsby called off due to a frozen pitch, Simon Weaver elected to give much needed minutes to several members of his squad returning from injury.
Goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell faced his former club in goal while Toby Sims and Joe Mattock also completed their comeback by starting in the backline. Fresh on from his loan spell with Buxton, George Horbury was also given the opportunity to impress.
The first chance of the match fell on nine minutes as Mitchell was forced into a quickfire double save. A cross from deep found Carty with space to shoot on the edge of the box, Mitchell got a strong hand to it but the loose ball dropped in the area. However, despite Doncaster's best efforts the stopper was able to hold at the second attempt.
Town would themselves go close to opening the scoring just before 20 minutes. A heavy touch from Wood was intercepted by Sivi who charged down on goal. He squared the ball to Josh March but his effort was dragged narrowly wide of the far post.
Doncaster again looked to test their former stopper as Broadbent drove forward from midfield. However, as the space opened up around 25 yards from goal, the resulting shot was wide of the post.
The away side again looked to probe on 26 minutes, a wicked deflection on the edge of the area forced a fantastic reaction save from Mitchell while the scores remained level.
With half-time fast approaching, a long ball in behind had Mitchell scrambling to get across goal. However, a fantastic last-ditch tackle from James Moorby denied Miller the chance to work a shot at goal.
Town started the second 45 as the brighter side, a neat half turn from O'Boyle released March with space to cross. A fantastic interception from the Doncaster defender prevented Sivi smashing home the opener.
George Horbury would be the next to try and break the deadlock, a fantastic set-piece delivery found Horbury free from close range but his header was saved.
However, Doncaster would hit back with an effort just moments later, a smart piece of link-up play gave Waters a chance to test Mitchell but his first-time effort smacked off the bar and Town were able to clear their lines.
Town showed their threat from set-plays as the match passed through the hour mark. A neat routine found Sutton in space at the back post but the Doncaster 'keeper was able to hold his shot.
With the sides battling it out for superiority it would be Doncaster who got themselves in front on 70 minutes. A clinical break down the Town right allowed Adelakun a chance to beat his man and curl a clever effort round Mitchell and give his side the advantage.
The away side would again go close nine minutes from time, a well timed run from Flint had the full-back through 1 v 1. However, Mitchell got down well to push the ball wide for a corner which came to nothing.
Town: Mitchell (GK), Mattock, Falkingham ©, J.Daly, Sims, Sutton, Sivi, March, Horbury, O’Boyle (Brodella, 78'), Moorby (Bray, 78')
Subs: Mooney (GK), Lee, Taylor, Ilesanmi