The only goal of the game came on 7 minutes, as Rob Earnshaw finished off a clever move with a right foot shot inside the far post of Andy Warrington.
Winger Andy LIddell turned out for the final 20 minutes on trial in a Millers line up that saw considerable change once again, after a first half where Tom Pope and Nicky Law both had good chances.
The Millers spurned the chance to level matters after the re-start after Paul Warne's cross was handled and sub Steve Brogan clipped the bar with the resulting penalty.
However boss Mark Robins was pleased with another run out ahead of Saturdays game with Doncaster.
"We played some really good stuff, particularly second half and they all put a shift in. "It was a real good workout", he told the Star.
Wantaway striker Reuben Reid, on the transfer list and linked with recent moves to the top two tiers of the football pyramid, didn't feature in the squad.
Team: Warrington; Tonge (Lynch 65), Sharps (Joseph 80), Fenton (Nicholas 80), Green (Brogan 65); Mills; Warne (Liddell 70), Law, J Taylor (Harrison 70), Ellison; Pope (R.Taylor 65).Unused: Annerson.
Forest: Darlow; Fairclough, Morgan, Wilson, Diague (McCashin 74); Anderson, Moussi (Elliott 50), Darnet, Tyson (Hopkinson 80); Earnshaw, Adebola. Unused: Gathercole, Mullen. Goal: Earnshaw (7) for Forest. Referee: Jon Moss (Wakefield).
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