The Millers warm-up for the next round of the JPT...
Rotherham United’s first-team have put their accuracy to the test by taking on the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge.
The Millers are through to the last eight of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and face a Northern Area Semi-Final at Fleetwood Town on December 10.
In preparation for that tie, 10 players from the Millers’ squad attempted to chip the ball from the angle of the penalty area into a giant inflatable paint pot on the six-yard line in the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge.
The squad members were joined by Rotherham season-ticket holder Barry Jones, 56, who won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy’s 11th man competition, giving one lucky supporter a unique chance to join their football heroes for the challenge.
Ten points are awarded for a successful chip-on, with one point accumulated each time the paint pot is struck.
Defender Pablo Mills proved the most successful player, chipping the ball in to earn his side 10 points.
Richard Brindley, Ben Pringle, Kari Arnason, Michael O’Connor and Joe Skarz all struck the paint pot to give the South Yorkshire club a total of 15 points, an agonising one short of current leaders Fleetwood.
“With the success we have enjoyed in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy so far this season, it was great to get involved in the Paint Pot Challenge,” said Rotherham manager Steve Evans.
“It was a fantastic attempt from Pablo and it’s just a shame we were one point short of joining Fleetwood at the top.
“But it is a fantastic initiative and we enjoyed taking part in the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge.”
Ben Wilde, Brand and Sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “Rotherham produced an excellent effort and, at one stage, it looked like they would top the leaderboard.
“We thank the club for their participation and wish them well for the rest of the season.”
For all the latest information regarding the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge, please visit www.johnstonespainttrophy.com