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Preview: Grimsby Town (A)

20 December 2019

It's derby day this Saturday as the Iron head to Blundell Park to take on Lincolnshire rivals Grimsby Town (1pm kick-off).


The Iron come into the game looking to continue their climb up the table and knowing that a victory could see them climb as 11th if other results go their way. They head into the fixture on the back of a 2-2 home draw against Colchester United, which extended their unbeaten league run to seven matches.

The Mariners have two games in hand and presently sit 20th in the division, and drew 0-0 at Carlisle United last weekend.


Manager Paul Hurst expects James Perch to be fit for the game after initial concerns over medial knee ligament damage in the draw against Colchester.

Aside from Perch, Hurst says there are no fresh injury worries going into the game.

Levi Sutton returns from a one-match suspension incurred following his dismissal for two yellow cards against Forest Green, while Matthew Lund sits out the final game of a three-match suspension.

Regan Slater will undergo an operation on Monday on the ankle problem which has ruled him out since the start of November and is expected to be out for a further two months.


Kevin van Veen scored twice as we won 2-1 away at Grimsby Town in the Trophy group stages back in September.

Saturday's game will be our first league meeting in over 14 years, with the last of those being a 0-0 draw at Blundell Park in 2005.

2019-20 - Tue Sep 4 FLT GS Grimsby 1-2 Iron van Veen 2
2017-18 - Tue Oct 3 FLT GS Iron 2-1 Grimsby Hopper 2
2013-14 - Tue Nov 19 FAC R1 R Iron 1-2 Grimsby Hawkridge
2013-14 - Sat Nov 9 FAC R1 Grimsby 0-0 Iron  
2008-09 - Tue Oct 7 FLT R2 Iron 2-1 Grimsby Togwell, Morris
2004-05 - Sat Apr 23 LG 2 Grimsby 0-0 Iron  
2004-05 - Sat Nov 6 LG 2 Iron 2-0 Grimsby Hayes 2
1997-98 - Tue Jan 27 FLT QF Iron 0-2 Grimsby  
1989-90 - Tue Apr 17 DIV 4 Grimsby 2-1 Iron Flounders
1989-90 - Tue Dec 26 DIV 4 Iron 2-2 Grimsby Daws, Marshall
1988-89 - Sat Mar 18 DIV 4 Grimsby 1-1 Iron Flounders
1988-89 - Sat Sep 10 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Grimsby Lister
1982-83 - Tue Jan 11 FAC R3 R Grimsby 2-0 Iron  
1982-83 - Sat Jan 8 FAC R3 Iron 0-0 Grimsby  
1982-83 - Tue Sep 14 FLC R1 L2 Grimsby 0-0 Iron  
1982-83 - Tue Aug 31 FLC R1 L1 Iron 1-2 Grimsby Cowling
1979-80 - Tue Aug 14 FLC R1 L2 Iron 0-0 Grimsby  
1979-80 - Sat Aug 11 FLC R1 L1 Grimsby 2-0 Iron  
1978-79 - Sat Apr 14 DIV 4 Grimsby 1-1 Iron Kavanagh
1978-79 - Tue Dec 26 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Grimsby Kilmore, Grimes
1977-78 - Fri Mar 3 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Grimsby Lumby 2
1977-78 - Sat Oct 8 DIV 4 Grimsby 0-0 Iron  
1972-73 - Tue Dec 26 DIV 3 Grimsby 1-0 Iron  
1972-73 - Sat Sep 23 DIV 3 Iron 1-2 Grimsby Deere
1971-72 - Sat Oct 16 DIV 4 Iron 1-2 Grimsby Deere
1971-72 - Sat Aug 14 DIV 4 Grimsby 4-1 Iron Fletcher
1970-71 - Fri Apr 9 DIV 4 Grimsby 1-0 Iron  
1970-71 - Sat Oct 3 DIV 4 Iron 1-2 Grimsby Keegan
1969-70 - Sat Dec 13 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Grimsby Cassidy
1969-70 - Sat Sep 13 DIV 4 Grimsby 1-1 Iron Heath
1968-69 - Sat Jan 25 DIV 4 Grimsby 0-1 Iron Cassidy
1968-69 - Wed Nov 6 DIV 4 Iron 1-2 Grimsby Colquhoun
1967-68 - Sat Jan 20 DIV 3 Iron 0-3 Grimsby  
1967-68 - Sat Sep 16 DIV 3 Grimsby 2-1 Iron Barton
1966-67 - Tue Sep 27 DIV 3 Iron 0-0 Grimsby  
1966-67 - Wed Sep 7 DIV 3 Grimsby 7-1 Iron Bedford
1965-66 - Tue Apr 12 DIV 3 Iron 2-2 Grimsby Bedford, Colquhoun
1965-66 - Fri Apr 8 DIV 3 Grimsby 1-3 Iron Sloan 3
1964-65 - Tue Apr 6 DIV 3 Grimsby 3-0 Iron  
1964-65 - Sat Dec 26 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Grimsby Ratcliffe, Kirkman
1963-64 - Sat Apr 11 DIV 2 Grimsby 2-0 Iron  
1963-64 - Sat Nov 30 DIV 2 Iron 2-2 Grimsby Conde, Lawther
1962-63 - Fri Dec 21 DIV 2 Iron 1-1 Grimsby Gibson
1962-63 - Sat Aug 25 DIV 2 Grimsby 3-0 Iron  
1958-59 - Sat Mar 14 DIV 2 Iron 1-3 Grimsby Marriott
1958-59 - Sat Oct 25 DIV 2 Grimsby 1-1 Iron Waldock
1955-56 - Mon Apr 2 DIV 3N Iron 0-1 Grimsby  
1955-56 - Fri Mar 30 DIV 3N Grimsby 0-1 Iron Brown
1954-55 - Thu Sep 2 DIV 3N Iron 1-0 Grimsby Jones
1954-55 - Tue Aug 24 DIV 3N Grimsby 1-4 Iron Brown 2, McGill, Gregory
1953-54 - Sat Dec 19 DIV 3N Iron 2-1 Grimsby Whitfield, Gregory
1953-54 - Sat Aug 22 DIV 3N Grimsby 0-1 Iron Gregory
1952-53 - Wed Sep 3 DIV 3N Grimsby 1-0 Iron  
1952-53 - Thu Aug 28 DIV 3N Iron 0-1 Grimsby  
1951-52 - Wed Dec 26 DIV 3N Iron 1-3 Grimsby Powell
1951-52 - Tue Dec 25 DIV 3N Grimsby 3-2 Iron Powell 2
FA CUP 0 2 2
LEAGUE 11 13 20
TOTAL 14 17 25

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Match Reports

Report: Grimsby Town 0-1 Iron

21 December 2019

Scunthorpe United emerged as 1-0 victors in their Sky Bet League Two local derby with Grimsby Town on Saturday afternoon - the first league fixture between the two Lincolnshire teams since 2005.

It was a gripping affair from the off, with both teams grappling both for control of the match and for local bragging rights. But after a goalless first period, Kevin van Veen sealed the three points for the Iron with a tidy second-half finish. 

Entering the game, Scunthorpe made two changes from the side that picked up a point against Colchester a week beforehand. Jordan Clarke and Abo Eisa - both ruled out through injury - were replaced by Levi Sutton and Junior Brown.

That meant United started with Jake Eastwood between the sticks, and a back four of Ntlhe, McArdle, McGahey and Perch.

Slightly further upfield, the midfield consisted of Brown, Songo'o, Sutton and Gilliead.

Meanwhile, the attack was led by Lee Novak and Kevin van Veen. Support from the bench was offered in the form of: Watson, Butler, Ward, Miller, Bedeau, Proctor and McAtee.

Notably for the home team, striker James Hanson was out through injury. On the other hand, one-time Iron defender Luke Waterfall started for the Mariners at the heart of defence.

Following a vociferous and passionate reading of the teams to crank up the atmosphere, Kevin van Veen got the 1pm game up and running.

Four minutes in, and Scunthorpe had the first attacking opportunity of the day, winning a corner on the right after persistence from Novak on the flank. Twice van Veen crossed into the box, but twice Grimsby managed to clear before winning a defensive free-kick. 

In the following moments the home side pushed forward, but Jake Hessenthaler's high header was the closest they came to troubling Eastwood's goal. 

Ten minutes in, Charles Vernam progressed up the Iron wing to send in a dangerous low cross which Jake Eastwood was equal to in the Iron goal. 

But after ten minutes, things calmed down for a while. In fact, by the 20th minute the most notable moment of the last ten had to have been Grimsby fans trying to unveil a club banner - which took them a while to hang the right way up - much to the away end's amusement. 

Back in terms of the actual match, Town nearly took the lead in the twentieth minute when Matt Green was cutely played through on goal. With time and space he tried to roll low past Eastwood, who stayed big to make a smart stop (with his feet) even when the odds were against him. 

Three minutes later, there was almost a decisive moment when Songo'o went down on the edge of the Grimsby area, with the Iron wanting a free-kick. Instead play continued with Grimsby's Max Wright eventually breaching the Scunthorpe box, only to fire wide.

As a direct consequence of that incident, United were forced into a thirtieth minute change. Songo'o had failed to run the tackle off, and had to be replaced by Jamie Ward - triggering a slight reshuffle in the Iron pack. 

With Grimsby arguably seeing more of the ball by this point, the home side won a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the box following a foul by McGahey in the 32nd minute. The defender was booked for his challenge (despite protesting his innocence), with Hessenthaler then sending his attempt into the wall. 

Ten minutes prior to the break, van Veen then drew a foul around thirty yards out which also saw Harry Clifton enter the referee's notebook. van Veen crossed deep into the box, but it was cleared by the wall of black and white shirts stationed level with the penalty spot. 

As half time approached, it was looking increasingly likely that the scores would be level on the whistle. That was despite Novak attempting to thread through van Veen with a matter of minutes left on the clock, only for James McKeown to beat him to it. 

Before the whistle there was just enough time for a Town corner, which came to nothing due to a handball. There was also time for three added minutes, which were pretty nonedescript. At half-time, it was 0-0.

Play resumed for the second period with Grimsby getting us underway, and the Iron attacking towards their own fans in the Osmond Stand. 

And Grimsby came racing out of the blocks, getting a couple of crosses into the area before winning a corner. That fell gloriously to Luke Waterfall at the back-stick, but he rifled over from an acute angle. 

In their next attack, the Mariners worked the ball up the wing and cut it back to Max Wright from the byline. He connected, but not with enough conviction to get it past Jake Eastwood - whose low save sent the ball spiralling clear. 

United responded with Ntlhe trying his luck from range on the half-volley in the fiftieth minute. It forced McKeown into a save, but unfortunately nothing more. 

55 minutes were on the clock when Grimsby pushed forward again. With the ball loose in the box Ethan Robson seized on to it, got the ball out of his feet and had a go - excitedly prodding over. 

Luke Hendrie was the next player to try his luck for Town, driving into the box and rounding a couple of Iron players before prodding low at goal - only to be thwarted by Jake Eastwood's legs. 

After an hour was gone, United made another change. This time, Junior Brown was switched with John McAtee. 

Immediately, United raced upfield and took the lead. It started when Jamie Ward got the ball in the centre circle and moved into the Grimsby half, waiting until just the right moment to release van Veen on the overlap. He entered the box from the left and coolly found the top-right corner of the net to edge United ahead, sending the Iron fans wild! 

In the minutes following the goal, United had confidence and continued to press. Indeed, Gilliead whacked one towards goal from range after a bit of a scramble in the box, but there were too many bodies for the ball to get through. 

For the final twenty, Town made a switch as Ahkeem Rose replaced Harry Clifton. In their next attack they played the ball deep into the box and asked for a penalty when Green went tumbling, but the referee wasn't interested. 

Three minutes later, the Mariners then made another change, as Green made way for Moses Ogbu. Both teams then had further penalty shouts, with Ntlhe ending up in the book for simulation before Town had Ogbu's appeals turned away when he stumbled as entering the Scunthorpe box. The latter decision incensed Anthony Limbrick so much on the Town bench that he was booked. 

Inside the last ten, Grimsby won an offensive free-kick which Scunthorpe quickly cleared upfield to Ward. For a moment it looked like he might break free, but he was eventually forced to sidestep and the ball ended up with Gilliead who couldn't get the power needed behind his strike. 

Town then won a free-kick followed by a corner, but United managed to hold firm and clear the latter. Scunthorpe then made their final change, with Ward replaced by Proctor. 

Grimsby came again, throwing bodies forward with United now defending for their lives and two minutes left on the clock. Another Town corner came, with Proctor heading clear. 

At the end of the initial ninety, five minutes were added on by the fourth official's board. Two minutes into added time, United surged forward on the counter, with van Veen putting in Proctor, but the striker was stopped by the legs of McKeown. van Veen, feeding off the scraps, then sent the follow up just wide.

Town came again, but couldn't create a chance of significance. The points were Scunthorpe's. 

GRIMSBY: McKeown, Hendrie, Davis, Waterfall, Gibson, Hessenthaler, Robson, Clifton (Rose, 71), Vernam, Wright, Green (Ogbu, 73).

GRIMSBY SUBS NOT USED: Russell, Pollock, Starbuck, Ohman, Cardwell.

IRON: Eastwood, Ntlhe, Songo’o (Ward, 29, Proctor, 85), van Veen, Perch, Novak, Gilliead, Sutton, McArdle, McGahey, Brown (McAtee, 60).

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Butler, Miller, Bedeau.

ATTENDANCE: 7,385 (1,737 away) 

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Ticket News

ICYMI: Grimsby (A) tickets update: now off sale

17 December 2019

Tickets have now gone OFF SALE for the away League Two clash at Grimsby Town on Saturday, December 21st (1pm kick-off).

We received a maximum allocation of 1,840 tickets in the Osmond Stand, and all of these have sold with the exception of a handful of singular seating tickets, with some of these restricted view.

If you'd still like one of the tickets, please contact our ticket office by visiting us or calling 01724 747670 during office hours (times detailed at the bottom of this story).

A reserve list will also be taken by our ticket office, should any of the tickets already sold become available again. Get in touch via the methods mentioned above.


Adults £20
Senior citizens (65+) £13
Students (valid NUS) £13
Young adult (15-18) £13
Junior (14 and under) £7
Accompanied junior £5

For any enquiries about the above information, please email

Call 01724 747670

Our ticket office is open at the following times: 

Tuesday, December 17th - 8.30am-5pm
Wednesday, December 18th - 8.30am-6pm
Thursday, December 19th - 8.30am-5pm
Friday, December 20th - 8.30am-5pm
Saturday, December 21st - 9am-2pm

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