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Preview: Bristol Rovers (H)

8 March 2019

The Iron will be looking to bounce back this weekend with all three points when they host Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One at Glanford Park on Saturday 9th March (3pm kick-off).

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9 March 2019

Stuart McCall’s side enter the fixture on the back of three games without a win, but his team will be hoping they can turn that recent record around with victory on Saturday, as the Iron look to stretch their home unbeaten run to six matches. 

Scunthorpe fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat last time out in their most recent game away at Oxford United. George Thomas notched for the Iron in stoppage time to make an entertaining finish to the match, but two second-half headers from Jerome Sinclair proved to be enough for the U’s to hold on for the victory at the Kassam Stadium.

As for Bristol Rovers, they were in midweek action this week, but were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night after losing 2-0 at home to Sunderland in the semi-final of the competition. 

However, in their last League One fixture, Rovers beat Blackpool convincingly 4-0 at the Memorial Stadium for their first win in three matches. Jonson Clarke-Harris scored a hat-trick in that game, with Liam Sercombe adding to the scoreline late on, but the result still saw Bristol Rovers stay 21st and in the relegation zone. 


Josh Morris and Jordan Clarke are back on the training pitch but will still be out of action for an unspecified length of time as the medical staff continue to monitor them.

Tony McMahon returns to contention after missing the Oxford game last weekend as part of the deal that brought him to the club from the U's.

Meanwhile, Byron Webster is back training after missing out last week through a hamstring strain.

Elsewhere, Ryan Colclough (knee) is out for the remainder of the season. Rory Watson (arm) also looks likely to be out for the rest of the season following surgery last month.

Matthew Lund is out until April after a clean-up operation on a knee problem, while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson will be out for a few weeks with cartilage damage.


The Iron have a brilliant record against Bristol Rovers over the years and are currently looking to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games against them with another good result this weekend.

United haven’t lost against Rovers since February 2009 and have three wins and four draws to their name in that time. 

In the reverse fixture at the Memorial Stadium back in November, the Iron were 2-1 winners. 

Lee Novak put United ahead early on, before Liam Sercombe scored just before half-time to level the score, but Matthew Lund notched the winner for Scunthorpe with just over ten minutes to play, after Jak Alnwick had previously saved a penalty to deny Chris Lines. 

2018-19 - Sat 17 Nov LG 1 Bristol R 1-2 Iron Novak, Lund
2017-18 - Sat 24 Feb LG 1 Bristol R 1-1 Iron Holmes
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  7 30  25 
Away 20 20  37 
TOTAL 39  10  14  15  50 62


After making the switch from Coventry to Bristol Rovers in January, striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has already impressed at the Memorial Stadium, netting four goals in just five games.  

The 24-year-old started his career with his hometown club Coventry City in 2010, after rising through the ranks with the Sky Blues. However, he saw his chances in the first team limited, and left for Peterborough in 2012. 

From there, he went on loan briefly to Southend and Bury, before leaving to join Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2013.

Here, he found good form, scoring seven times in 45 appearances, which earnt him a move to Rotherham United a year later. The striker spent four years with the Yorkshire club, before deciding to return to Coventry in 2018, where he spent the first half of the 2018/19 season.

During this campaign so far, Clarke-Harris has a total of nine goals to his name in League One for both Coventry and Bristol Rovers, and he will be looking to continue his fine form again this weekend, after scoring a hat-trick in Rovers’ last outing against Blackpool.  


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SATURDAY (all kick-offs 3pm unless stated)
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Barnsley vs Accrington Stanley
Blackpool vs Southend United
Bradford City vs Peterborough United
Gillingham vs Oxford United
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Rochdale vs Shrewsbury Town
Walsall vs Fleetwood Town
Wycombe Wanderers vs Sunderland
Charlton Athletic vs Portsmouth (5:30pm)

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Match Reports

Report: Iron 0-1 Bristol Rovers

9 March 2019

United were beaten 1-0 by Bristol Rovers at Glanford Park on Saturday, with Jonson Clarke-Harris scoring the winner.

The Iron made three changes to the side that faced Oxford the week prior going into the game, with Harrison McGahey, Lee Novak and Olufela Olomola making way for Tony McMahon, Adam Hammill and Kevin van Veen.

There was a bright start from the Iron, who looked to come forward early. Tom Pearce delivered a throughball down the left channel, but it rolled out for a goal-kick on two minutes.

Then, three minutes later, Hammill worked some space to shoot on the edge of the area. He then cut it back onto his right foot and tried to curl his effort in the corner, but it was parried away by Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Jack Bonham. The rebound from Hammill’s shot then fell to McMahon. However, it hit his midriff and the ball went behind.

On nine minutes, there was a further Iron opening as McMahon got down the right flank and crossed the ball into the area, but it went over van Veen’s head. Nevertheless, it dropped to Hammill, who was lurking behind. He shot but his effort cleared the crossbar.

The away side’s first chance arrived in the 16th minute, as Rovers worked it well on the edge of the Iron box, before a cross was sent in from the right. Clarke-Harris challenged for it, but Rory McArdle stayed strong to clear. The ball then fell to Michael Kelly who shot over.

Two minutes after, McMahon swung in a corner and McArdle rose above his marker to meet it with his head. However, he couldn’t quite get a good enough connection and Bristol cleared.

As the game approached the 20-minute mark, there was more good pressure from the Iron and this time the chance fell to van Veen on the edge of the box. He picked up possession before driving towards goal, but his low effort was dragged wide of the post.

Hammill then won a corner on the left after he skilfully beat his man, before getting tackled. The set-piece came in, but it was defended at the near post. The next action of note came seven minutes later when he won another corner, but nothing came from it as Bonham gathered the cross from the ex-St Mirren winger.

In the 32nd minute, the away side came close to taking the lead as Liam Sercombe struck the post with a low effort from just inside the area. The ball then dropped to Ollie Clarke, who shoots over the crossbar.

On 36 minutes, Bristol took the lead through Clarke-Harris, after he turned in a low cross from the right.

With 38 minutes on the clock, the Iron looked to hit back immediately. They won a corner, which Hammill took, van Veen then went up for an aerial challenge with the goalkeeper but the referee blew for a free-kick against the striker.

There was a change at the break as Hammill was replaced by George Thomas.

After that, there was a promising start to the second half by the Iron. Van Veen held the ball up well, before turning and passing out wide to McMahon. The ball then fell to James Perch who shot on the volley, although it went wide.

In the 52nd minute, Levi Sutton floated in a cross from the right, which Cameron Burgess met. The defender headed it down for Funso Ojo, who was waiting in the six-yard box, but after a scramble in the area the goalkeeper claimed.

Soon after, van Veen found space in the attacking third, before releasing a pass to McMahon on the left. The full-back then looked to swing in a cross. However, nobody could get on the end of it.

In the 58th minute, Rovers broke through Clarke-Harris, who drove at the Iron defence. He then slid the ball through to Ollie Clarke, who shot first time from inside the area, but his effort went over Jak Alnwick’s goal.

Two minutes later, van Veen advanced forward from the halfway line, dribbling towards goal before unleashing a 25-yard drive which Bonham saved well.

With 62 minutes on the clock, Perch was next to come close for Scunthorpe as he connected with a McMahon corner but headed over from inside the area.

Then, United attacked down the left through Pearce, who sent in an inviting cross for van Veen, but he hooked the ball over the crossbar.

A further Scunthorpe change was made on 69 minutes when Novak replaced Kyle Wootton.

The hosts probed and Thomas was next to come close with a cross-come-shot that went across goal and wide of Bonham’s post. Shortly after, Pearce’s cross was claimed by the goalkeeper.

United were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out on 87 minutes but Pearce curled it over the crossbar. There were four minutes of added time allocated afterwards, but Scunthorpe couldn’t find the leveller, with van Veen curling a late strike from the left angle of the penalty area over the crossbar.

Scunthorpe United: Alnwick, McMahon, Ojo, van Veen, Perch (Olomola, 78), Pearce, Burgess, Sutton, McArdle, Wootton (Novak, 69), Hammill (Thomas, 45).
Substitutes not used: Flatt, Webster, Lewis, McGahey.

Bristol Rovers: Bonham, Lockyer, Craig, Upson, Sercombe (Sinclair, 78), O Clarke, Nichols (Jakubiak, 66), J Clarke, Clarke-Harris, Ogogo, Kelly.
Substitutes not used: Smith, Lines, Reilly, Matthews, Kilgour.

Attendance: 3,877.

Referee: Trevor Kettle.

Iron Bar and sponsors man of the match: Tom Pearce.

United’s next home game sees them face Southend United at Glanford Park on Tuesday, March 12th (7.45pm kick-off). Click here for details of our 12th Man Friend for a Fiver offer Buy tickets now at

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Special offers in place for Bristol Rovers and Southend fixtures

28 February 2019

The game will be played on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 (3.00pm kick-off). Click here to read about the special Twin Pack offer we have in place for that game and the home clash against Southend United three days later.

Our Early Bird Price Rates have been frozen for the fifth season in succession, and supporters can buy at these prices until the ticket office closes at 5pm on Friday, March 8th, and also until three hours before kick-off online via our ticketing website ( Matchday prices then apply.

Buying online also enables fans to use our ‘e-ticket’ option which emails the ticket across to the supporter's email address, and enables them to print the ticket at home, or scan from their mobile at the turnstile.

PAY ON THE GATE: Iron fans using Turnstiles 2A and 2B of the Britcon Stand and Turnstile 5A of the Clugston Stand can pay on the turnstile. Please note, full matchday prices apply.

United's encounter against the Pirates is a Category B fixture.

Click here for details of how you can enjoy a three-course meal before the game.

Category B Early Bird Member Category B Early Bird Category B Matchday
Adult £21 £22 £25
£14 £15 £17
U18 £5 £6 £8
U12* Free Free Free
Category B Early Bird Member Category B Early Bird Category B Matchday
Adult £21 £22 £25
£14 £15 £17
U18 £5 £6 £8
U12* Free Free Free
Category B Early Bird Member Category B Early Bird Category B Matchday
Adult £17 £18 £21
£12 £13 £15
U18 £5 £6 £8
U12* Free Free Free
LINCOLNSHIRE CO-OP FAMILY ZONE Category B Early Bird Member Category B Early Bird Category B Matchday
Adult £19 £20 £23
£13 £14 £16
U18** £3 £4 £6
U12* Free Free Free
Category B Early Bird Member Category B Early Bird Category B Matchday
Adult £29 £30 £33
65 £22 £23 £25
U21 £17 £18 £20
U18 £12 £13 £15

*Maximum of two under 12’s free per paying adult/concession. Subsequent juniors must be paid for at the U18 rate. 

** Must be accompanied by paying adult/concession.



Call 01724 747670


The Glanford Park ticket office is open at the following times:

Saturday, March 9th - 9am until 3pm (also open for a short period of time after the Bristol Rovers game)

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