Sears and Morris return as young Blues are defeated at the Den
Freddie Sears played for the first time since February as Town U23s were beaten 4-1 by Millwall in the Professional Development League South.
The forward featured for the opening 45 minutes of the game at The Den as he continued his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury sustained against Norwich last season.
Ben Morris, who has also endured a lengthy period out through an ACL injury, also played just over an hour of what was his first game in 10 months.
Ben Folami gave Town hope after goals from George Alexander and Dan Moss had put the hosts in control but Harvey Bradbury and Junior Tiensia ensured that the hosts would claim all three points.
Bailey Clements had the first sight of goal for Blues, his effort from the edge of the box stinging the palms of Ryan Sanford in the Millwall goal.
Billy Mitchell saw an effort from range go just over the top of the upright before Sears fired wide at the other end from 20 yards.
Millwall took the lead midway through a first half of few chances, Alexander making no mistake from the penalty spot after Connor O’Reilly had brought down Tiensia in the box.
Triallist Grant Ward, himself midway through his rehabilitation from a long-term injury, played Folami in behind but the latter was denied by Sandford.
Millwall doubled their lead just past the hour mark, Moss volleying past Adam Przybek following a corner.
Town responded almost instantly however as Folami fired in the rebound after Clements had smashed a powerful effort against the crossbar.
Bradbury restored the hosts' two-goal lead 10 minutes later, heading in the top corner from Isaac Olaofe's cross into the box.
Tiensia found the bottom corner with a powerful shot from inside the box as the Lions added a fourth goal in the closing stages.
Town: Przybek, O’Reilly, Clements, Hughes, Fehrenbach, Adana, Folami, Gibbs, Sears (45, Brown), Ward (61, Foudil), Morris (61, Scott). Subs not used: Stewart, Alley.