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Match Previews

Match pack: Bristol Rovers (A)

23 February 2018

The Iron will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday (3.00pm kick-off).

Scunthorpe have drawn their last two games 2-2 at Peterborough United and then at home to Northampton Town respectively, coming back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits on both occasions.

TEAM NEWS…
Graham Alexander's gut instinct is that he will be without striker Ivan Toney for this weekend's encoutner at Bristol Rovers. The Newcastle United loanee was withdrawn on the hour in last week's home encounter with a groin problem, with the Iron boss not expecting him to be fit to travel to the Memorial Stadium.

Alexander also confirmed there is a little bit of illness within his squad ahead of the game but all affected players will be assessed ahead of trav

All available players have valuable minutes under their belt following a midweek reserve game at Glanford Park, with the likes of Lewis Butroid, Andrew Crofts and Luke Williams all featuring and coming through the encounter.

Elsewhere, Marnick Vermijl is making good progress in recovering from his hamstring injury, but will still miss out in this encounter, as will long-term absentees Jordan Clarke (hamstring), Jonathon Margetts (knee) and Kyle Wootton (hamstring).

PAST MEETINGS… 
The Iron beat Bristol Rovers 1-0 at home in the reverse fixture in dramatic circumstances, with Neal Bishop heading home four minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game.

It was an encounter United largely dominated, but failed to find the breakthrough until virtually the last kick of the game when a right-winged cross was converted by the 36-year-old.

The previous meeting at the Memorial Stadium almost a year to the day ended all square following a Tom Lockyer own goal.

SEASON/DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2017-18 - Sat 11 Nov LG 1 Iron 1-0 Bristol R Bishop
2016-17 - Sat 25 Feb LG 1 Bristol R 1-1 Iron Lockyer (og)
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: 

  P W D L F A
Home 19  30  25 
Away 18  17  35 
TOTAL 37  13  15  47  60 

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PRE-MATCH LINKS…
iFollow videos with Alexander, Morris and Wallace
Alexander's written preview
Wallace on his first goal last weekend and moving forward
Morris previews Bristol away trip
Betting preview
Ticket news
Coverage
Referee profile
iFollow coverage for overseas fans
Stats zone

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Match Reports

Report: Bristol Rovers 1-1 Iron

24 February 2018

The Iron have drawn 1-1 against Bristol Rovers at The Memorial Stadium.

The Iron took a one goal advantage in the 61st minute when Funso Ojo cleverly played through Duane Holmes in the box, who slotted home for his side.

However, Rovers netted a 90th minute equaliser courtesy of a close range Ellis Harrison strike.

Manager Graham Alexander made four changes to his starting eleven for the game. Neal Bishop, Cameron Burgess, Cameron McGeehan and Tom Hopper all started for the Iron.

The first chance fell to the Iron when Josh Morris crossed in a free-kick towards Burgess, but the central defender angled his header over the crossbar.

That was shortly followed by a chance for Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney played it forward to Kyle Bennett, who struck from distance, with his effort ballooning over.

As the game quietened down, Bennett had another go in the 38th minute. He cut inside from the left, but his low strike went wide.

Immediately after half-time, the Iron came out firing. A Josh Morris corner was headed away to Ojo on the edge of the area and on the half volley, his effort deflected onto the crossbar.

The Iron then set Morris free on the left wing. He entered the box and as he went to strike the ball, a Rovers defender slid in to put the ball out for a corner.

After Matt Gilks was adjudged to have handled the ball outside of his box, the home side played a free-kick to Lee Brown 30-yards from goal. The full-back’s driven shot just went over.

However, the Iron got the game’s first goal in the 61st minute to take a 1-0 lead. Ojo played an incredible pass to pick out Holmes, who made a smart run into the area. The winger got a slight touch on the ball with his left foot to send it under Adam Smith and into the back of the net.

Gilks was then called into action when Bennett fired a powerful shot at him. The goalkeeper managed to palm it away from his goal.

The Iron could have doubled their lead ten minutes after their opening goal. McGeehan advanced forward with the ball, cutting it through to Tom Hopper, who saw his left footed strike stopped by Smith.

Although, the hosts could have had an equaliser not long after. Harrison tried to loop his header into the net after Gilks had rushed out, but captain Rory McArdle dropped back onto the line to clear the ball.

The Iron were then extremely unlucky not to grab their second of the game. A good passage of play between Townsend and Holmes saw Morris receive the ball with space on the right of the box. His shot took a big deflection, with Smith making a brilliant reaction save to keep the ball out.

As the game entered stoppage time, Bristol Rovers struck home an equaliser to make it 1-1. A cross from the right wing was converted home by Harrison from close range.

TEAM LINE-UPS
Bristol Rovers: Smith, Partington, Lockyer (c), Craig, Brown, Sercombe, Sinclair (Mensah, 70’), Lines, Bennett (Moore, 69’), Gaffney (Telford, 70’), Harrison.
Unused substitutes: Slocombe, Sweeney, Nichols, Clarke.

Scunthorpe United: Gilks, Wallace, Ojo, Morris, Bishop, Hopper, Holmes (Goode, 90’), Burgess, McArdle (c), Yates, McGeehan (Townsend, 75’).
Unused substitutes: Watson, Williams, Lewis, Adelakun, Sutton.

Attendance: 8,346 (227 away fans).

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Ticket News

Pay cash on the turnstile for Bristol Rovers encounter

23 February 2018

Tickets are now off sale for the Iron’s League One trip to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday, 24th February, but supporters can pay cash on the turnstiles to gain entry at the Memorial Stadium.

Ticket News

Wigan Athletic and Oxford United travel on sale

27 February 2018

The Iron still have a couple of coach spaces available, which can be purchased from the Glanford Park ticket office before 5pm on Friday.

Please note, there will be a £2 price increase on matchday, with matchday prices detailed below.

SEATING

CATEGORY PRICE
Adults £21
16-21 £17
65+/U16 £12

STANDING

CATEGORY PRICE
Adults £18
16-21 £14
65+/U16 £10

Wheelchair bay tickets are priced at £12 adults, £11 for 65+ and £10 for Under-16s, with the carer free of charge. The wheelchair spaces are situated in front of the Away South Stand (please note, this is an uncovered area).

Ambulant disabled tickets are priced at £12 adults, £11 for 65+ and £10 for Under-16s, with the carer free of charge. Disabled/carer tickets are reserved in the South Stand front row (Row A).

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