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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.

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 The Newcastle United loanee was withdrawn on the hour in last week's home encounter with a groin problem, with the Iron boss not expecting him to be fit to travel to the Memorial Stadium.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).

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.

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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Report: Peterborough United 2-2 Iron

13 February 2018

The Iron drew 2-2 at the ABAX Stadium against Peterborough United on Tuesday evening.

Peterborough took the lead in the opening two minutes through Marcus Maddison, but a powerful hit by Ivan Toney in the 34th minute drew the two sides level.

However, seconds before the half-time whistle, Junior Morias scored to regain the advantage for the Posh.

The Iron grabbed another equaliser 60 minutes into the game as Ryan Yates’ close strike went off the post and in.

Manager Graham Alexander made four changes to his starting line-up for the game, which included a first Iron start for goalscorer Yates.

Peterborough took the lead inside the first two minutes. Smart play on the edge of the box allowed Maddison to sweep the ball with his left foot, hitting the inside of the right post before bouncing into the goal.

It could have been 2-0 four minutes later, but Matt Gilks got down low to his left to push out a Morias effort from outside of the area.

There could have been a relatively quick response from the Iron in the ninth minute. Hakeeb Adelakun and Josh Morris combined to set Conor Townsend free on the left-wing, crossing the ball into the box, but Toney’s header was clutched by Jonathan Bond.

Maddison looked a threat going forward and could have had his second goal of the night if it wasn’t for a superb save from Gilks, who parried the low, powerful effort wide of the target. 

Lee Novak came close to grabbing an equaliser for United in the 19th minute. Adelakun played a clever low cross towards the six-yard box, with the striker poking the ball into the side netting.

Shortly after, Toney also flashed an effort into the side netting, after striking the ball first time.

Bond in the Posh goal then made a fantastic stop to deny a stinging Novak strike. His partner Toney played a neat first time pass back to the forward, and as the ball set up kindly, he sweetly struck it on the half-volley, but the goalkeeper was alert to dive and push the ball away.

The Iron fans thought their team had got an equaliser when Morris’ curling free-kick effort hit the side netting.

However, they were cheering moments later when Toney finished past Bond in the 34th minute to make it 1-1. He was expertly played through by Novak and his powerful effort hit the back of the net.

A couple of minutes later and Toney was proving to be a handful upfront when his header bounced off of the crossbar. He then tried to volley home the rebound but a defender was there to block it.

In stoppage time for the first half, Morias netted to put the home side ahead once more. He met a cross from the left to stroke home from close range.

Immediately after the interval, Jack Marriott came close to extending Peterborough’s lead, but his shot was saved by Gilks and went out for a corner.

Then a smart dummy from Toney allowed the ball to run on to Townsend, and the left-back was unlucky with his effort as it just fizzed wide of the right post.

Toney also tried to replicate his free-kick goal at Fleetwood with two efforts from a similar position, however the first was deflected wide while the second was caught by Bond.

The Iron did manage to get their second equaliser of the night when Yates scored on his first start. Townsend got to the byline playing a low ball into the area, and the midfielder tucked the ball away from close range.

Peterborough nearly found a late winner when Andrew Hughes’ bounced off the crossbar, before Gilks made a phenomenal one handed save, diving to his right, to keep out Maddison.

That wasn’t the last action of the game as the Peterborough goalkeeper also made a solid late save to deny Cameron McGeehan from long distance.

Peterborough United:
Bond, Shephard, Tafazolli, Baldwin (c) (Hughes, 74’), Maddison, Marriott, Ward (Lloyd, 75’), Morias, Doughty (Lopes, 84’), Taylor, Grant.
Unused substitutes: O’Malley, Forrester, Bogle, Cooper.

Scunthorpe United: Gilks, Townsend, Wallace, Ojo, Toney, Morris, Adelakun (Holmes, 75’), Novak (Hopper, 89’), Sutton (McGeehan, 86’), McArdle (c), Yates.
Unused substitutes: Watson, Bishop, Goode, Burgess.

Referee: Trevor Kettle.

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