ON TRIAL Matt Jansen marked his first outing in Town colours with a goal as the reserves drew 2-2 with Rotherham United at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium.
The 31-year-old former Blackburn Rovers and Bolton striker is no longer under contract to a club but, after training with Town for a couple of sessions, he put down a marker by opening the scoring after 18 minutes.
Jansen was at the centre of the action as Town pressed early on and it was his effort on goal that forced the corner from which he opened his account.
A neat interchange between Joe Skarz and Tom Clarke created the opening for Jansen to show his predatory instincts and head in from close range.
And the added bonus for Town was that Jansen’s strike partner Andy Booth looked lively as they worked in tandem to upset and stretch the Millers defence.
Both players moved freely with Booth, who has made just one first team appearance as a substitute since back surgery in September, looking comfortable but it was only when the pair were replaced on 62 minutes that Town claimed their second goal.
Tom Denton came on for Booth and Lewis Nightingale replaced Jensen and it took just three minutes for Denton to make his mark with a close range finish after Tom Clarke had turned the ball across goal.
Soon after Michael Flynn had an effort from a free-kick well saved and Town, who fielded an experienced starting line-up with Chris Lucketti as skipper, were looking comfortable.
Town also included David Unsworth, Ian Craney, Michael Flynn and Dominik Werling as boss Lee Clark sought to give run-outs to those looking to try and claim a place and create competition for first team shirts
However, the final ten minutes brought a fightback from the Millers with Damian Eastham, who made an impressive debut in goal for Town, beaten twice in three minutes which marred an impressive performance.
Grant Darley netted after a purposeful solo run and the Millers were level soon after when Danny Harrison scored from a corner.
Town: Eastham, T. Clarke, Werling, Flynn, Lucketti, Unsworth (Franks 74 mins), Berrett, Craney, Booth (Denton 62 mins), Jansen (Nightingale 62 mins), Skarz. Subs ( not used): Ridehalgh, Codman.