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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: BRISTOL ROVERS v IRON

24 February 2017

The Iron travel to the Memorial Stadium to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday, as they look to build on last Saturday’s away point against Sheffield United.

Darrell Clarke’s side also had a share of the spoils over the weekend, with the Pirates coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Port Vale at Vale Park.



The two teams last met on the opening day of the season, with Alexander’s men coming from behind to win 3-1 at Glanford Park.

Matty Taylor gave the visitors the lead on the 31 minute mark, as he fired the ball past Luke Daniels from 10 yards out.

That advantage was held until the 66th minute, with Kevin van Veen drilling an effort past Rovers ‘keeper Steve Mildenhall from a tight angle.

Nine minutes from time, the turnaround was complete and in some style too. When debutant Josh Morris picked up the ball there seemed to be little danger, but the winger drove to the edge of the box and unleashed an unstoppable left-footed strike that gave Mildenhall no chance.

Kyle Wootton then wrapped things up in the sixth minute of injury time when he ran clear to finish neatly into the bottom corner of the goal.


SEASON/DATE
COMPETITION
RESULT
IRON SCORERS
2016-17 - Sat 6 Aug
LG 1
Iron 3-1 Bristol R
van Veen, Morris, Wootton
2013-14 - Tue 25 Feb
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Bristol R
Winnall
2013-14 - Sat 10 Aug
LG 1
Bristol R 0-0 Iron

2008-09 - Sat 14 Feb
LG 1
Iron 0-2 Bristol R

2008-09 - Fri 14 Nov
LG 1
Bristol R 1-2 Iron
McCann, Iriekpen
2004-05 - Sat 30 Apr
LG 2
Iron 4-0 Bristol R
Torpey 2, Hayes, Taylor
2004-05 - Sat 20 Nov
LG 2
Bristol R 0-3 Iron
Hayes 2, Torpey
2003-04 - Sat 10 Jan
DIV 3
Bristol R 1-0 Iron

2003-04 - Sat 9 Aug
DIV 3
Iron 1-2 Bristol R
Beagrie
2002-03 - Sat 18 Jan
DIV 3
Bristol R 2-1 Iron
Carruthers
2002-03 - Sat 31 Aug
DIV 3
Iron 2-2 Bristol R
Dawson, Carruthers
2001-02 - Sat 12 Jan
DIV 3
Bristol R 1-1 Iron
Calvo-Garcia
2001-02 - Sat 18 Aug
DIV 3
Iron 1-2 Bristol R
Quailey
1999-00 - Sat 12 Feb
DIV 2
Bristol R 1-1 Iron
Hope
1999-00 - Sat 4 Sep
DIV 2
Iron 0-2 Bristol R

1983-84 - Sat 25 Feb
DIV 3
Iron 2-2 Bristol R
Cammack, O'Berg
1983-84 - Sat 22 Oct
DIV 3
Bristol R 4-1 Iron
Pointon
1972-73 - Sat 7 Apr
DIV 3
Iron 0-2 Bristol R

1972-73 - Sat 2 Dec
DIV 3
Bristol R 5-1 Iron
Fletcher
1967-68 - Sat 10 Feb
DIV 3
Bristol R 4-0 Iron

1967-68 - Sat 30 Sep
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Bristol R
Sloan
1966-67 - Mon 24 Apr
DIV 3
Iron 3-1 Bristol R
Barton 2, Coatsworth
1966-67 - Mon 24 Oct
DIV 3
Bristol R 1-1 Iron
Thomas
1965-66 - Tue 29 Mar
DIV 3
Bristol R 2-0 Iron

1965-66 - Sat 16 Oct
DIV 3
Iron 3-0 Bristol R
Goodwin, Barton, Bedford
1964-65 - Sat 20 Mar
DIV 3
Bristol R 2-0 Iron

1964-65 - Sat 7 Nov
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Bristol R
Lindsey
1961-62 - Mon 18 Sep
DIV 2
Bristol R 2-1 Iron
Thomas
1961-62 - Tue 5 Sep
DIV 2
Iron 2-1 Bristol R
Godfrey, Thomas
1960-61 - Sat 21 Jan
DIV 2
Bristol R 3-3 Iron
Thomas 2, Marriott
1960-61 - Sat 10 Sep
DIV 2
Iron 2-1 Bristol R
Thomas 2
1959-60 - Sat 5 Mar
DIV 2
Iron 3-4 Bristol R
Thomas 2, Donnelly
1959-60 - Sat 17 Oct
DIV 2
Bristol R 1-1 Iron
Donnelly
1958-59 - Sat 3 Jan
DIV 2
Iron 0-0 Bristol R

1958-59 - Sat 30 Aug
DIV 2
Bristol R 4-0 Iron


Our full record against Bristol Rovers is as follows:


PW
D
L
F
A
Home
18
6
6
6
29
25
Away
17
2
6
9
16
34
TOTAL
35
8
12
15
45
59



With eight goals in his last 11 Sky Bet League One appearances, Billy Bodin has risen to the top of the Gas’ goalscoring chart.

Added significance was placed on the Welshman’s strikes following the departure of marksman Taylor to local rivals Bristol City.

The 24-year-old is in a rich vein of form and also has a hat-trick to his name this season too - with him netting three times against Coventry City on Boxing Day.



AFC Wimbledon v Walsall (15:00)
Charlton Athletic v Bury (15:00)
Chesterfield v Oxford United (15:00)
Coventry City v Swindon Town (15:00)
Fleetwood Town v Northampton Town (15:00)
Gillingham v Southend United (15:00)
Milton Keynes Dons v Shrewsbury Town (15:00)
Oldham Athletic v Millwall (15:00)
Peterborough United v Rochdale (15:00)
Port Vale v Bradford City (15:00)
Sheffield United v Bolton Wanderers (15:00)



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Match Reports

Report: Bristol Rovers 1-1 Iron

25 February 2017

United ground out a well-earned point at Bristol Rovers on Saturday, despite going behind in the first half to an Ollie Clarke header.

The equaliser came twenty minutes from time thanks to Paddy Madden’s anticipation of a poor back pass, but the Iron striker wasn’t credited with the goal – it was the unlucky Tom Lockyer who got the final touch.

After the goal, the confidence grew and, if any of the teams were going to nick it, it would have more than likely been the away side.

Graham Alexander had made four changes for the game, drafting in Conor Townsend, Duane Holmes, Sam Mantom and Tom Hopper for Harry Toffolo, Stephen Dawson, Matt Crooks and Kevin van Veen.

United got the game underway and almost found an opener within 30 seconds, but Holmes’ shot when he had a clear sight of goal was straight at Joe Lumley.

Rovers then started to settle into the game as they too had a great opportunity, but Luke Daniels got a strong hand to Rory Gaffney’s shot to push it out for a corner.

United should have gone behind after eight minutes, but last ditch blocks on the line from Murray Wallace prevented a goal.

After the frantic opening, the game slowed down a little, and it was the 28th minute before another decent opportunity, and that chance fell to Gaffney once more, but his flicked shot from a good cross on the right went narrowly wide.

Rovers took the lead seven minutes before the break when Ollie Clarke headed home from a whipped corner, despite there appearing to be a push on Mirfin in the lead up to the set-play.

That goal would be the last action of an even first half, with Clarke’s header the difference.

Alexander made one change at the break, with David Mirfin being replaced by Charlie Goode.

The first major opportunity of the second period fell to the hosts, but Daniels held well from Billy Bodin’s stinging shot.

Ten minutes into the second half, the Iron found their first sight on goal, but Sam Mantom’s effort was deflected wide. The resulting corner was then dealt with by the Rovers defence.

The equaliser almost came on 70 minutes after Madden crossed into Mantom – his shot was deflected into the path of substitute Craig Davies, but his effort went over.

Then the equaliser did come a minute later as Madden ran through on goal after Ellis Harrison’s misplaced pass – but the unfortunate Lockyer saw his deflection evade Lumley in the Rovers net.

Madden looked to have given the Iron a dramatic lead after 82 minutes as he fired home Davies’ cross, but the linesman had his flag up.

Just as the fourth official announced four minutes of injury time the hosts almost nicked it – but the Rovers man could only fire wide from the edge of the box.

That would be the final chance of an action-packed game as the Iron held strong to earn a valuable point.

TEAM LINE-UPS
Bristol Rovers:
Lumley, Leadbitter, Lockyer, O.Clarke, Lines, Harris (J.Clarke, 65), Bodin, Sinclair, James (Harrison, 60), Gaffney, Sweeney.
Substitutes not used: Mildenhall, Mansell, Montano, Moore, Burn.

Scunthorpe United: Daniels, Wallace, Mirfin (Goode, 46), Madden, Morris, Bishop, Hopper (Davies, 60), Mantom, Holmes, Townsend, Sutton.
Substitutes not used: Anyon, Dawson, van Veen, Toney, Crooks.

Attendance: 8,784 (283 away).

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