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Preview: Doncaster Rovers (A)

31 October 2017

The Iron are in Checkatrade Trophy group stage action when they visit Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night (7.30pm kick-off).

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Fans can pay on the night at Doncaster

31 October 2017

Buoyed by two league wins in succession, United arrive at the Keepmoat Stadium in confident mood, although manager Graham Alexander might freshen up his starting XI ahead of the match.

Both Scunthorpe and Rovers have already qualified for the next stage of the competition after their previous two group stage results. An Iron victory will see them top the group, which also consists of Grimsby Town and Sunderland Under-21s.

Alexander says he will freshen up the team ahead of the match, and give game time to those players who haven’t played so much in recent weeks.

There could be a debut for midfielder Clayton Lewis, who signed from Auckland City earlier this month and has been getting up to speed with his team-mates during training.

Simon Church could also make his first start in claret and blue after making two substitute appearances since joining 11 days ago.

Neal Bishop is a doubt after limping off in the away clash against Oldham at the weekend, while Andrew Crofts is cup-tied after playing for Charlton in the competition earlier this season.

Conor Townsend (hamstring) will continue to miss out, though Alexander has tipped him for a return to training this week. Jonathan Margetts (knee) and Luke Williams (hamstring) will continue to miss out.

The Iron were 1-0 winners away at Doncaster Rovers in the league back in September, with Lee Novak scoring an early winner.

Both sides had further chances, and Murray Wallace hit the crossbar in the closing stages.

2017-18 - Sun Sep 17 LG 1 Doncaster 0-1 Iron Novak
2015-16 - Tue Mar 8 LG 1 Iron 2-0 Doncaster Hopper, Mirfin
2015-16 - Sat Dec 26 LG 1 Doncaster 0-1 Iron Madden
2014-15 - Sun May 3 LG 1 Doncaster 5-2 Iron Butler (og), Adelakun
2014-15 - Sat Oct 4 LG 1 Iron 1-2 Doncaster Fallon
2012-13 - Sat Mar 23 LG 1 Iron 2-3 Doncaster Duffy, Hawley
2012-13 - Sat Nov 24 LG 1 Doncaster 4-0 Iron  
2010-11 - Sat Jan 1 CHAMP Doncaster 3-0 Iron  
2010-11 - Sat Oct 16 CHAMP Iron 1-3 Doncaster Woolford
2009-10 - Sat Apr 24 CHAMP Doncaster 4-3 Iron Hooper (2), Hayes
2009-10 - Sat Sep 26 CHAMP Iron 2-2 Doncaster Byrne, McCann
2006-07 - Sat Jan 20 LG 1 Doncaster 2-2 Iron Keogh, Talbot
2006-07 - Sat Sep 30 LG 1 Iron 2-0 Doncaster Sharp, Keogh
2005-06 - Sat Jan 21 LG 1 Iron 1-2 Doncaster Goodwin
2005-06 - Sat Sep 17 LG 1 Doncaster 3-1 Iron Sharp
2003-04 - Sat Feb 7 DIV 3 Iron 2-2 Doncaster Torpey, Butler
2003-04 - Fri Dec 26 DIV 3 Doncaster 1-0 Iron  
2001-02 - Sat Nov 17 FAC R1 Doncaster 2-3 Iron Hodges, Carruthers, Garcia
1997-98 - Fri Jan 30 DIV 3 Doncaster 1-2 Iron D'Auria, Housham
1997-98 - Sat Sep 13 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Doncaster Eyre
1996-97 - Sat Feb 1 DIV 3 Doncaster 1-1 Iron Baker
1996-97 - Sat Nov 9 DIV 3 Iron 1-2 Doncaster Clarkson
1995-96 - Tue Apr 23 DIV 3 Iron 2-2 Doncaster Turnbull, Clarkson
1995-96 - Sat Mar 16 DIV 3 Doncaster 2-0 Iron  
1994-95 - Sat Apr 15 DIV 3 Iron 0-5 Doncaster  
1994-95 - Tue Dec 27 DIV 3 Doncaster 1-1 Iron Carmichael
1993-94 - Sat Apr 16 DIV 3 Iron 1-3 Doncaster Goodacre
1993-94 - Mon Nov 1 DIV 3 Doncaster 3-1 Iron Trebble
1992-93 - Sat Mar 13 DIV 3 Doncaster 0-1 Iron Elliott
1992-93 - Sat Nov 7 DIV 3 Iron 0-1 Doncaster  
1991-92 - Fri Dec 20 DIV 4 Doncaster 1-2 Iron Humphries, Alexander
1991-92 - Sat Aug 24 DIV 4 Iron 3-2 Doncaster Helliwell, Alexander, Daws
1990-91 - Sat Mar 8 DIV 4 Doncaster 2-3 Iron Flounders (2), Daws
1990-91 - Sat Dec 15 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Doncaster Flounders
1989-90 - Sat May 5 DIV 4 Iron 4-1 Doncaster Flounders (3), Daws
1989-90 - Sat Nov 4 DIV 4 Doncaster 1-2 Iron Daws, Flounders
1988-89 - Sat Apr 1 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Doncaster Taylor, Hodkinson
1988-89 - Sat Dec 17 DIV 4 Doncaster 2-2 Iron Hodkinson, Flounders
1983-84 - Tue Sep 13 FLC R1 L2 Doncaster 3-0 Iron  
1983-84 - Tue Aug 30 FLC R1 L1 Iron 1-1 Doncaster Cammack
1980-81 - Fri Mar 27 DIV 4 Doncaster 1-0 Iron  
1980-81 - Tue Oct 28 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Doncaster Cammack
1979-80 - Sat Feb 16 DIV 4 Doncaster 5-0 Iron  
1979-80 - Fri Sep 28 DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Doncaster  
1978-79 - Sat Nov 11 DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Doncaster  
1978-79 - Fri Sep 1 DIV 4 Doncaster 0-0 Iron  
1977-78 - Mon Mar 27 DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Doncaster  
1977-78 - Mon Dec 26 DIV 4 Doncaster 1-1 Iron Wigg
1976-77 - Mon Apr 11 DIV 4 Doncaster 3-0 Iron  
1976-77 - Mon Dec 27 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Doncaster Green
1975-76 - Mon Apr 19 DIV 4 Doncaster 0-1 Iron Green
1975-76 - Sat Dec 27 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Doncaster Davidson, Woodward
1974-75 - Sat Jan 4 DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Doncaster  
1974-75 - Tue Sep 17 DIV 4 Doncaster 1-1 Iron Roberts
1973-74 - Sat Mar 2 DIV 4 Doncaster 1-0 Iron  
1973-74 - Wed Dec 26 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Doncaster Pilling, Barker
1971-72 - Sat Dec 18 DIV 4 Doncaster 0-2 Iron Fletcher, Kerr
1971-72 - Sat Sep 4 DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Doncaster  
1968-69 - Fri Mar 14 DIV 4 Iron 0-2 Doncaster  
1968-69 - Fri Aug 23 DIV 4 Doncaster 4-3 Iron Heath (2), Kerr
1967-68 - Wed Aug 23 FLC R1 Doncaster 1-2 Iron Barton, Foley
1966-67 - Fri May 5 DIV 3 Doncaster 3-0 Iron  
1966-67 - Fri Dec 9 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Doncaster Smith Burkinshaw

Our full record against Doncaster is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 28  13  34  40 
Away 32 14 35  58 
TOTAL 60  24  14  16  69  98 

Southern Section Group C
Bristol Rovers v West Ham United Under-21s (7.45pm)
Swindon Town v Wycombe Wanderers (7.45pm)

Southern Section Group E
Forest Green Rovers v Swansea City Under-21s (7.45pm)

Southern Section Group F
AFC Wimbledon v Luton Town (7.45pm)

Northern Section Group G
Mansfield Town v Everton Under-21s (7.45pm)

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Match Reports

Report: Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Iron (3-2 pens)

31 October 2017

The Iron drew 1-1 away at Doncaster Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy group stages, but lost 3-2 on penalties.

Despite losing in the penalty shootout, Scunthorpe still finish top of their group on goal difference and progress to the next round alongside second-placed Rovers.

Liam Mandeville fired the hosts into the lead during the first-half, but debutant Clayton Lewis equalised for the Iron with a neat finish. Neither side could find a winner in normal time, with the match heading to a penalty shootout.

Graham Alexander made eight changes to his starting eleven for the match, which included Clayton Lewis’ debut for the Iron and a first start for striker Simon Church. Funso Ojo was the captain.

After a slow start to the match, the first shot of the contest was by Kevin van Veen in the 15th minute. Church was fouled 30 yards out, but the Dutchman’s set-piece curled just over the crossbar.

One minute later, the Iron were on defensive duty when Cameron Burgess blocked a couple of Doncaster shots. They followed that up with solid defending from the resulting corner to keep the score level.

United’s Burgess made another important interception from a Rovers cross, cutting the ball out before it reached the awaiting Andy Williams. The ball then fell to Issam Ben Khemis, who lashed a left-footed volley over the bar.

In the 29th minute, the hosts came forward again, but were kept out by the hand of Rory Watson. Alfie Beestin powered down the right-hand side, before laying it back for Mandeville, seeing his low strike palmed away by the Iron goalkeeper. 

Watson was alert again shortly after. Khemis’ strike was down the throat of the ‘keeper, who comfortably gathered it into his chest.

The Iron nearly got the opening goal. However. Paddy Madden got beyond the Doncaster defence on the right wing, delivering a dangerous ball across the goal, but the opposition managed to deflect it away from Church, who was waiting for it at the far post.

It was Doncaster who took the lead in the 37th minute. A quick manoeuvre saw Tyler Garratt drill a pass into the area for Mandeville to hit a low effort under Watson, putting his side 1-0 up. 

After the break, substitute Hakeeb Adelakun injected pace into the game and showed it within the first minute. The winger drove into the centre of pitch, striking a powerful shot over the bar.

Nine minutes later and the Iron levelled it up through Lewis with a goal on his debut. The ball broke through the Doncaster backline following a pass from Madden to the New Zealand international, who slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-1.

Doncaster looked for a reply in the 64th minute. They whipped in a free-kick for captain Mathieu Baudry, but the defender’s header harmlessly went over Watson’s goal.

That was shortly followed up by a shot from Khemis. He shifted the ball onto his right foot, but it caused no trouble for Watson with the strike straight at him.  

Lewis was looking for his second of the night when van Veen brilliantly picked him out with a long ball. The debutant controlled it before trying to lob Marko Marosi, but his effort went over the crossbar.

Moments later, Madden also tried to lob the Doncaster goalkeeper. This chance only just went over the bar, with the Irishman hooking it back towards goal after a Rovers defender headed it on for him.

In the 85th minute, Doncaster were close to regaining their lead. Mandeville struck the ball inches wide of the left post, as he looked for his and side’s second of the evening.

Once again, Lewis was involved in action going forward for Scunthorpe, however his long-range free-kick was collected by Marosi low to his left.

This was later followed up by a chance for Madden inside the box. Jordan Clarke raced to the byline to pull back a pass for the striker, who hit it straight at Marosi. The goalkeeper fumbled the ball, but Doncaster were quick to clear.

It was Doncaster who had the last big opportunity to grab a winner just before stoppage time was added on. Khemis worked the ball onto his left foot, driving an effort just past the right post from inside the 18-yard area.

In the dying stages of the game, the Iron came extremely close to winning the game. Adelakun curled in a low free-kick from the left and a Rovers player deflected it goalbound, but Marosi reacted quickly to push the ball wide.

As a result of the game ending as a draw, a penalty shootout (in the new ABBA format) took place to decide which side grabbed an extra point.

Penalty shootout:
Kevin van Veen – scored. 1-0 Scunthorpe.
Niall Mason – scored. 1-1.
Alfie Beestin – missed. 1-1.
Paddy Madden – missed. 1-1.
Clayton Lewis – missed. 1-1.
Jacob Fletcher – saved. 1-1.
Liam Mandeville – scored. 2-1 Doncaster.
Hakeeb Adelakun – saved. 2-1 Doncaster.
Devonte Redmond – scored. 2-2.
Issam Ben Khemis – scored. 3-2 Doncaster.

Ben Khemis slotted his penalty into the bottom left corner for Doncaster to win 3-2 on penalties.

Doncaster Rovers:
Marosi, Alcock (Prior, 72’), Baudry (c) (Fletcher, 72’), Amos, Garratt, Beestin, Mason, James, Williams (Scattergood, 44’), Mandeville, Khemis.
Unused substitutes: Jones, Morris, Horton.

Scunthorpe United: Watson, Clarke, Ojo (c) (Holmes, 75’), Madden, van Veen, Lewis, Redmond, Goode, Burgess, Church (Adelakun, 46’), Butroid.
Unused substitutes: Gilks, Wallace, Hopper, Novak, McArdle.

Attendance: 1,717 (236 away).

Referee: Ben Toner.

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Ticket News

Fans can pay on the night at Doncaster

31 October 2017

Iron fans can pay on the night for the Checkatrade Trophy group stage game at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday, October 31st (7.30pm kick-off).

Tickets are now OFF SALE from Glanford Park. Iron supporters can buy tickets from the Club Doncaster Academy reception, which is next to the away end.

Prices for the game are as follows:

Adults £10
Senior (60+) £5
18-21 yrs £5

Under 18


Proof of age may be required on entry for concessionary prices.

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