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Hull City 2 v 0 Reserves, report

17 September 2014

Millers defeated in first outing...

Rotherham United slipped to defeat in their first reserve team outing of the season, as two Jonathan Margetts goals gave Hull City all three points in the Final Third Development League.

Jonson Clarke-Harris missed a first half penalty for the Millers who included Jordan Bowery and John Swift amongst their starting line-up.

And it was Swift who showed the first real signs of danger whipping two crosses in from the left-hand side that caused unrest in the Tigers defence. However, the opening exchanges were cagey and it wasn't until captain for the night Ryan Hall sent Clarke-Harris clear that a chance was created.

The Millers' record signing poked the ball beyond goalkeeper Rory Watson who tripped him, handing the visitors a chance to open the scoring from the spot. Clarke-Harris himself took the kick but the stopper atoned for his error diving low to his left to deny him.

City hit back almost immediately and first Karim Rossi and then Margetts would miss the target following some good build-up play.

The second half took a while to really kick into life but once it did Jarrod Bowen capitalised on a loose ball but couldn't keep his shot down and the lively Jerry Yates   shot into Watson's arms after creating a chance with the help of Richard Brindley.

Margetts skipped past a challenge from Hall before firing over, but a minute later would finally make his chance count. After good work down City's right, the former Gainsborough Trinity loanee slid his left-footed effort under Scott Loach from the edge of the area.

Matt Dixon had a shot from distance wide of the target and Rossi found himself with a golden chance to double the lead only for Max Hallatt to make a game-saving block. However, Hallatt's efforts were in vain as from the resulting corner Margetts headed home unopposed to seal the win.

Only a stunning Calaum Jahraldo-Martin free-kick that somehow stayed out of the goal after hitting the angle of post and bar and bouncing down on huge line was of note in the final 20 minutes despite it being the Millers who showed plenty of endeavour in the closing stages without finding a way through.

Full-Time
Hull City 2 v 0 Reserves

Hull: Watson, Topliss, Dawson, Clark, Clappison, Aimson, Jahraldo-Martin, Dixon (Mahon 81), Rossi (McCawl 74), Margetts, Bowen (Annan 68).
Unused: Cracknell, Clackstone.

Millers: Loach, Brindley, Peace-McDonald, Hallatt, Warren, Yates, Frecklington, Hall, Swift, Clarke-Harris, Bowery. (Wiles 73)
Unused: Thompson, Gibson, Johnson.

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