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Preview: Cambridge United (A)

20 August 2019

The Iron return to league action on Tuesday evening as they travel to the Abbey Stadium to face Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two (7.45pm kick-off).

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20 August 2019


The Iron come into the encounter having picked up their first point of the season at the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday. Scunthorpe came from 1-0 down to take a 2-1 lead against Crawley Town before being pegged back to 2-2. Goalkeeper Rory Watson was named man of the match after he saved a late penalty from the visitors to deny the Red Devils a victory.

Meanwhile, the Us come into the game unbeaten so far this season with one win and two draws to their name in the league, coupled with progression in the Carabao Cup. Most recently, Cambridge came from 1-0 down at half-time to beat Colchester United 2-1 away from home at the weekend.


Iron boss Paul Hurst confirmed to the press ahead of the game that the game will come too soon for forward Ryan Colclough as he recovers from a slight groin injury which also put him out of action at the weekend.

United will welcome back James Perch to the side after he served the last of his three-game league ban which hung over him from last season, while Jordan Clarke is also in contention for the match after training following a quad injury.

Clayton Lewis (thigh), fresh from being called up for New Zealand Under-23s, has resumed partial training, but is still some way off being ready for first team action.

Elsewhere, Andy Dales (hamstring), Levi Sutton (knee ligaments) and Lewis Butroid (ankle) are out of contention due to injuries picked up in pre-season.


Cambridge United manager Colin Calderwood, in the build-up to the game, said: "Things that we wanted to tick off in August was our first goal, first point, first clean sheet and first win and now we have to look to get our first home win after our first away win and back it up. We want to be greedy in that respect and be better.

"I think everyone has put their foot forward and we're going to have to utilise our bench. (On Saturday), we weren't as bright, we had the wrong mix on the pitch on occasions and we faded away from the game plan that we worked on, but somehow we managed to get three points from nowhere really so we move onto this week."


The last time that the two sides met was back in November 2016 in the EFL Trophy. Both teams had already progressed out of the group stage following their first two games, with the encounter determining who would finish top and gain the second round home tie.

It was Scunthorpe who emerged victorious and topped the group with a perfect record, with goals from Luke Williams and Hakeeb Adelakun sealing the win.

The last league meeting came over 14 years ago, in April 2005, when the Iron gained all three points en route to promotion from League Two. The scoreline finished 4-0 at Glanford Park with goals from Richard Kell, Andy Crosby and a brace from Cleveland Taylor.

2016-17 - Tue Nov 8 FLT GS Cambridge 0-2 Iron Williams, Adelakun
2004-05 - Sat Apr 16 LG 2 Iron 4-0 Cambridge Kell, Crosby, Taylor 2
2004-05 - Tue Dec 7 LG 2 Cambridge 1-2 Iron Torpey, Taylor
2003-04 - Sat May 1 DIV 3 Cambridge 3-2 Iron Beagrie, Torpey
2003-04 - Sat Nov 22 DIV 3 Iron 4-0 Cambridge Hayes, MacLean 3
2002-03 - Sat Mar 29 DIV 3 Cambridge 1-1 Iron Hayes
2002-03 - Sat Oct 12 DIV 3 Iron 1-2 Cambridge Sparrow
1999-00 - Sat Mar 11 DIV 2 Iron 0-3 Cambridge  
1999-00 - Tue Nov 2 DIV 2 Cambridge 1-3 Iron Hope, Harsley, Hodges
1998-99 - Sat Feb 13 DIV 3 Cambridge 0-0 Iron  
1998-99 - Tue Sep 8 DIV 3 Iron 3-2 Cambridge Forrester 2, Logan
1997-98 - Sat Mar 14 DIV 3 Cambridge 2-2 Iron Forrester, Stamp
1997-98 - Tue Nov 4 DIV 3 Iron 3-3 Cambridge Forrester, Eyre, D'Auria
1996-97 - Tue Feb 25 DIV 3 Cambridge 0-2 Iron Eyre, Housham
1996-97 - Tue Sep 10 DIV 3 Iron 3-2 Cambridge McFarlane, Clarkson, Wilson
1995-96 - Sat Jan 20 DIV 3 Cambridge 1-2 Iron Wilson, McFarlane
1995-96 - Sat Aug 12 DIV 3 Iron 1-2 Cambridge Eyre
1989-90 - Sat Apr 7 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Cambridge Taylor
1989-90 - Sat Oct 28 DIV 4 Cambridge 5-3 Iron Marshall, Daws, Hamilton
1988-89 - Sat Feb 25 DIV 4 Cambridge 0-3 Iron Taylor, Flounders, Daws
1988-89 - Sat Oct 15 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Cambridge Taylor
1987-88 - Sat Jan 2 DIV 4 Iron 3-2 Cambridge Hill, Taylor, Daws
1987-88 - Sat Sep 12 DIV 4 Cambridge 3-3 Iron Flounders 2, Harle
1986-87 - Sat Feb 28 DIV 4 Cambridge 1-0 Iron  
1986-87 - Tue Sep 30 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Cambridge Broddle
1985-86 - Sat Mar 15 DIV 4 Cambridge 0-1 Iron Cammack
1985-86 - Fri Oct 11 DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Cambridge  
1976-77 - Sat Mar 26 DIV 4 Iron 0-2 Cambridge  
1976-77 - Fri Oct 15 DIV 4 Cambridge 1-0 Iron  
1975-76 - Sat Feb 7 DIV 4 Cambridge 2-2 Iron Keeley, Davidson
1975-76 - Tue Nov 4 DIV 4 Iron 0-1 Cambridge  
1974-75 - Sat Apr 19 DIV 4 Cambridge 2-0 Iron  
1974-75 - Sat Oct 12 DIV 4 Iron 2-0 Cambridge Warnock, Keeley
1971-72 - Sat Apr 29 DIV 4 Cambridge 2-0 Iron  
1971-72 - Tue Apr 11 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Cambridge Fletcher 2
1970-71 - Sat Mar 27 DIV 4 Cambridge 1-1 Iron Keegan
1970-71 - Sat Sep 5 DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Cambridge  


CUP 1 0 0
LEAGUE 14 11 11
TOTAL 15 11 11


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Match Reports

Report: Cambridge United 3-2 Iron

20 August 2019

Playing with ten men for more than 70 minutes, Scunthorpe United were eventual defeated by Sky Bet League Two rivals Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium.

Reduced to 10 men after James Perch’s dismissal, the Iron took the lead against the odds but the U’s came from behind to turn it around. Paul Lewis cancelled out Rory McArdle’s second goal of the game as it finished 3-2.

Jack Roles fired over the bar early on for the U’s as the midfielder tried his luck from the edge of the area.

With 18 minutes on the watch, Harrison Dunk charged down the left and slid a low ball into the box but Paul Lewis cleared the bar from close range with his effort.

James Perch was given his marching orders from referee Charles Breakspear in the 21st minute, receiving a straight red for a challenge on Harvey Knibbs.

Rory Watson made a superb save, with 10 minutes until the half time whistle, to deny Knibbs. The ‘keeper clawed the ball behind after the striker was teed up on the edge of the area.

Minutes later, substitute Regan Slater whipped in a set-piece from the left which fell to Matthew Lund but the latter couldn’t get a clear sight of goal.

Alex Gilliead saw his effort turned behind for a corner, after some good hold-up play from Kyle Wootton.

The Iron took the lead with 41 minutes on the clock. Rory McArdle notched his second goal in as many games, nodding in from the resulting corner.

On the stroke of half-time, Knibbs spurned a chance for the hosts. The striker spun and had a shot but goalscorer McArdle got his body in the way to make the block.

Deep into added time, Harrison McGahey defended well, throwing himself in front of an incoming effort before another green shirt made a block.

The Iron started brightly after the break. Abo Eisa made for the byline, drilling a low cross into the box that just evaded the reach of Wootton, arriving in the box.

Cambridge equalised eight minutes into the second half. Leon Davies’ cut back found Knibbs who prodded home to make it 1-1.

Moments later, the U’s spun the scoreline on it’s head. Paul Lewis got the final touch as the ball crossed the line to make it 2-1 to the hosts.

With 59 minutes gone, Lewis drew another fine stop from Watson. The ‘keeper made a fingertip save from the midfielder, glancing into the far corner.

It wasn’t long before the Iron were back on terms. McArdle netted his third of the season, losing his marker inside the area to nod in the equaliser, with 62 minutes on the clock.

Sam Smith headed wide after the ball was floated into the box by George Taft, with the forward finding himself in space inside the area.

In the 74th minute, the U’s restored their advantage as Lewis headed in to make it 3-2.

Watson showed good hands to hold Maris’ powerful strike from outside the area, with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

The Iron hit the post in the 90th minute after some good trickery from Eisa to turn into the box. Lund slid the ball across the face of goal but Clarke hit the woodwork late in the day.

Cambridge: Mitov, Taft, Taylor, O’Neil (Maris 72’), Dunk (Hannant 67’), Darling, Davies, Smith, Lewis, Knibbs (Richards 77’), Roles.

Cambridge unused subs: Burton, Dallas, John, Lambe.

Iron: Watson, Ntlhe, Lund, Butler, Wootton, Hammill (Slater 26’), Perch, Gilliead, McArdle, McGahey (Clarke 80’), Eisa.

Iron unused subs: Eastwood, Songo’o, Hallam, McAtee, Dawson.

Attendance: 3,917 (192 away).

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Ticket News

Pay on the turnstile available at Cambridge

20 August 2019

Iron fans are able to pay on the turnstile for the away trip to Cambridge United on Tuesday, August 20th (7.45pm kick-off).

Match tickets are now OFF SALE from the Sands Venue Stadium ticket office.

Matchday prices for the game are as follows:

Adults £22
Senior (64+)
YA 18-23
Under 18s £12
Under-12s £7
Under-5 £2

Ambulant disabled pay the relevant concession price, plus carer free of charge. Wheelchair users pay £15, plus carer free of charge. Contact Cambridge United to purchase on 01223 566500.

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