A comprehensive 4-0 Notts victory will have presented manager Shaun Derry with quite the dilemma thanks to trialist Elliot Whitehouse’s second and third goals in two games.
Both Whitehouse and Nicky Wroe grabbed a brace each in a contest where Notts also had a goal disallowed for offside (from a pass played backwards) and had two clear penalties denied. Derry and assistant Greg Abbott need now decide whether Whitehouse has done enough to earn himself a full time deal at Meadow Lane. I’d certainly suggest he has.
Up front, Tyrell Waite was a busy figure but was unable to get on the scoresheet, whilst Ronan Murray looked as sharp as a tack on a number of occasions – not least with a vicious, looping volley in the first half which dipped just wide.
In goal for Notts, Harry Andrews was offered protection by the evergreen Mike Edwards – when called upon though Andrews was more than capable. Adam Dawson spent the game pinging crossfield balls into feet, whilst Wroe complimented his two goals by running the show in midfield.
A Carlton side featuring a host of former Notts youth teamers provided stern opposition. Alex Troke, Liam Mitchell, Cameron Campbell and Tyler Guy all lined up for the Millers against their former club.
Three pre-season friendlies now remain for Notts and there are signs of the squad gelling at just the right time. County travel to Halifax Town this Saturday ahead of home games with Birmingham City and Osasuna, before the real business begins August 9th with Preston North End away.