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10 January 2017

The Iron are in Checkatrade Trophy third round action when they face Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Both sides go into the fixture following positive results at the weekend, with the U’s triumphing against Championship side Rotherham United in the FA Cup.

Graham Alexander’s team will be buoyed though by their 3-2 home victory over Bury, which saw Scunthorpe rise back into the automatic promotion spots in Sky Bet League One. 

Alexander revealed he’ll make changes for the game, to give an opportunity to those who’ve been pushing for a starting spot.

He also added that he’s not sure whether to include new signing Craig Davies from the start, given the forward’s lack of regular football recently.

This will be the second encounter between the two sides this season, after a 1-1 draw at Glanford Park back in November.

Duane Holmes put the home side ahead in the opening period, as he glanced Josh Morris’ dinked cross into the far corner of the goal.

Phil Edwards levelled things up for Oxford though, as he stole a yard at the near post to equalise with a header of his own early in the second half.

2016-17 - Sat 26 Nov LG 1 Iron 1-1 Oxford Holmes
2013-14 - Mon 21 Apr LG 2 Iron 1-0 Oxford Sparrow
2013-14 - Sun 29 Dec LG 2 Oxford 0-2 Iron Burton, Syers
2004-05 - Fri 25 Mar LG 2 Iron 1-1 Oxford Baraclough
2004-05 - Sat 14 Aug LG 2 Oxford 1-1 Iron Hayes
2003-04 - Wed 11 Feb DIV 3 Oxford 3-2 Iron Torpey 2
2003-04 - Sat 23 Aug DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Oxford Beagrie
2002-03 - Sat 26 Apr DIV 3 Iron 2-0 Oxford Hayes, Dalglish
2002-03 - Sat 5 Oct DIV 3 Oxford 0-1 Iron Beagrie
2001-02 - Sat 9 Feb DIV 3 Iron 1-0 Oxford Hodges
2001-02 - Sat 20 Oct DIV 3 Oxford 0-1 Iron Torpey
1999-00 - Sat 29 Apr DIV 2 Oxford 2-0 Iron  
1999-00 - Tue 19 Oct DIV 2 Iron 1-0 Oxford Ipoua
1983-84 - Sat 31 Mar DIV 3 Oxford 1-0 Iron  
1983-84 - Wed 7 Sep DIV 3 Iron 0-0 Oxford  
1967-68 - Sat 30 Dec DIV 3 Oxford 2-3 Iron Deere 2, Sloan
1967-68 - Tue 26 Dec DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Oxford Sloan
1966-67 - Fri 10 Mar DIV 3 Iron 2-2 Oxford Barton, Sloan
1966-67 - Sat 18 Feb DIV 3 Oxford 2-1 Iron Burkinshaw
1965-66 - Sat 28 May DIV 3 Oxford 0-3 Iron Thomas, Bedford, Mahy
1965-66 - Sat 30 Oct DIV 3 Iron 1-2 Oxford Smith

Our full record against Oxford United is as follows:

  P W D L F A
Home 11 4 6 1 12 8
Away 10 5 1 4 14 11
TOTAL 21 9 7 5 26 19

Kane Hemmings’ best goalscoring exploits so far this season have come in cup competitions, with the 24-year-old finding the net five times in the cup up until now.

He’s scored four times in the league also and has nine goals in total, since joining from Dundee in the summer.

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Report: Oxford United 4-1 Iron

10 January 2017

Scunthorpe suffered defeat at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night, as Oxford United advanced into the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy after defeating the Iron 4-1.

Luke Williams had given the visitors the lead, but a neat finish from Marvin Johnson and a hat-trick from Kane Hemmings sealed the Iron’s fate.

Graham Alexander made six changes to the side that defeated Bury 3-2 at the weekend, as Joe Anyon, Scott Wiseman, Luke Williams, Duane Holmes, Craig Davies and Levi Sutton all entered the starting line-up in place of Luke Daniels, Josh Morris, Harry Toffolo, Tom Hopper, Neal Bishop and Stephen Dawson.

After a slow start, it was the Iron who forged the first real opportunity, as Sutton latched onto Holmes’ long throw to set up a curler for Kevin van Veen. The Dutchman’s effort was deflected out for a corner, with Charlie Goode seeing a volley at the far post hitting the bar from the corner.

Williams won the away side a penalty after ten minutes following some intelligent skill inside the box. The winger then put the ball on the spot and duly dispatched it to give the Iron a 1-0 lead.

Holmes almost doubled the lead three minutes after the opener as he was sent through on goal, but his low shot drew a good save from Simon Eastwood.

The hosts equalised on 18 minutes as Marvin Jonhson raced into the box before firing in via the post, in what was the first time the U’s had come anywhere near the Iron’s penalty area.

Oxford then turned the game around and scored a second 22 minutes in. Jordan Clarke was intercepted in the box, before the ball was laid back for Kane Hemmings to slot home.

Joe Anyon was forced into a good save 15 minutes before the break, when Joe Rothwell cut inside Goode and curled one towards the top corner.

The Iron should have been level five minutes before half-time, but van Veen’s cross was headed wide by new signing Craig Davies.

Seconds before the break an incredible solo run from Williams, which saw him take on three defenders, almost levelled the scores, but his effort rose too high and ended the scoring for the half at 2-1 to Oxford.

Oxford won a penalty of their own early on in the second period after Rob Hall was tripped in the box by Levi Sutton. Hemmings made no mistake from the spot to take the hosts into a commanding 3-1 lead.

The game should have been put to bed 53 minutes in, but somehow Rothwell hammered over when the goal was at his mercy.

The U’s nearly added a fourth 21 minutes from the end, but Sercombe’s shot from the edge of the box was tipped over by Anyon.

Anyon kept his side in it after 81 minutes when Hemmings was through on goal, diving to his right to parry the shot away from danger.

Oxford made it 4-1 in the dying moments as a break down the right wing ended in a low cross, which was met by the grateful Hemmings – confirming his hat-trick.

That would be the final action of the game, as the Iron exited this season’s Checkatrade Trophy.

Oxford United:
Eastwood, Skarz (Carroll, 87), Sercombe (Maguire, 73), Ruffels, Hemmings, Edwards, Rothwell, Hall, Taylor (Lundstram, 80), Johnson, Dunkley.
Substitutes not used: Stevens, Nelson, Ledson, Roberts.

Scunthorpe United: Anyon, Wiseman (Morris, 61), Wallace, Williams, van Veen (Margetts, 56), Mantom, Holmes, Goode, Davies (Hopper, 65), Sutton, Clarke.
Substitutes not used: Daniels, Adelakun, Wootton, Butroid.

Attendance: 1,383 (90 away).

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