The friendly between Rotherham United and Grimsby Town has been cancelled due to a lack of police as confirmed by the club website.

This match would have seen Rotherham host Grimsby for a friendly that would have been hosted on the 20th July. This would have been the first time the two sides have faced each other since 2010. In that game, which took place at Rotherham’s temporary home of Don Valley Stadium, Rotherham were 2-1 winners due to Adam Le Fondre’s brace. Wes Fletcher got a late consolation for Grimsby.

But anyone looking forward to this match will now be disappointed as it has been cancelled. Rotherham received advice from South Yorkshire Police that they would not have enough men to cover the event and upon their advice they have decided to cancel the match. While this wasn’t the most glamorous fixture in the world, both sides would have seen it has a good chance to get a run out ahead of the season.

What happens now for both sides is unknown. A home match for Rotherham on this date is most likely not a possibility anymore and if they do organise a friendly on this date, it would most likely have to be aware. But they will have the same problem that Grimsby will also face that most teams have already organised their pre-seasons by now and there may not be many teams available for a friendly on that date. So this may just be a day of more training for both teams players.

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