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Preview: Walsall (H)

24 December 2019

The Iron could climb to 10th in the League Two table should results go their way, if they defeat Walsall at the Sands Venue Stadium on Boxing Day (3pm kick-off).

Ticket News

Advance rate tickets on sale for Walsall clash + pay on the gate info

26 December 2019

SCENE-SETTER

Scunthorpe head into the match unbeaten in the league since October 19th and bouyed by the 1-0 win at near neighbours Grimsby Town on Saturday, which was secured by Kevin van Veen's 62nd minute winner.

They're unbeaten in ten matches in all competitions at the Sands Venue Stadium and will be seeking to go one better than the last home game, which saw us draw 2-2 at home to Colchester United.

Walsall are unbeaten in the league since the start of November and drew 3-3 at high-flying Exeter City on Saturday, where they had raced into a 3-0 lead. They sit 16th heading into the match.

TEAM NEWS

Matthew Lund returns from a three-match suspension ahead of the clash with the Saddlers.

Jordan Clarke misses out through a quad injury, which manager Paul Hurst says could keep him out for two weeks, but the Iron will be checking on the fitness of Abo Eisa (groin) and Andy Dales (dead leg), who both missed the game at Grimsby along with Clarke.

Yann Songo'o (knee) and Junior Brown (quad) came off injured during the win at Blundell Park. Songo'o will definitely miss Boxing Day, while Brown will be assessed.

Regan Slater (ankle) will be out for around two further months following an operation on Monday.

PAST MEETINGS

United lost 1-0 away to the Saddlers earlier in the season.

Our last win against them came at the Banks's Stadium last January, with Funso Ojo and Lee Novak sealing a fourth win in succession for Stuart McCall's team.

SEASON - DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2019-20 - Sat 21 Sep LG 1 Walsall 1-0 Iron  
2018-19 - Sat 12 Jan LG 1 Walsall 1-2 Iron Ojo, Novak
2018-19 - Sat 11 Aug LG 1 Iron 1-1 Walsall Novak
2017-18 - Sat 21 Apr LG 1 Iron 1-0 Walsall Yates
2017-18 - Sat 9 Dec LG 1 Walsall 1-0 Iron  
2016-17 - Tue 14 Feb LG 1 Iron 0-0 Walsall  
2016-17 - Tue 27 Sep  LG 1  Walsall 1-4 Iron  Morris 3, Bishop 
2015-16 - Tue 1 Mar  LG 1  Walsall 0-0 Iron   
2015-16 - Tue 29 Sep  LG 1  Iron 0-1 Walsall   
2014-15 - Sat 10 Jan  LG 1  Walsall 1-4 Iron  Chambers (og), Hopper, Madden, Bishop 
2014-15 - Sat 30 Aug  LG 1  Iron 2-1 Walsall  Adelakun, McSheffrey 
2012-13 - Sat 14 Apr  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Walsall  Canavan 
2012-13 - Tue 6 Nov  LG 1  Walsall 1-4 Iron  Canavan 2, Duffy, Clarke 
2011-12 - Tue 21 Feb  LG 1  Iron 0-1 Walsall   
2011-12 - Sat 17 Sep  LG 1  Walsall 2-2 Iron  Thompson, Ryan 
2008-09 - Tue 3 Mar  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Walsall  Odejayi 
2008-09 - Sat 8 Nov  LG 1  Walsall 1-3 Iron  Hooper 2, Hurst 
2008-09 - Sat 16 Aug  LG 1  Walsall 2-1 Iron  Thompson 
2005-06 - Sat 11 Feb  LG 1  Walsall 2-2 Iron  Keogh, MacKenzie 
2005-06 - Sat 24 Sep  LG 1  Iron 1-3 Walsall  Sharp 
1994-95 - Sat 29 Apr  DIV 3  Walsall 2-1 Iron  Gregory 
1994-95 - Sat 10 Nov  DIV 3  Iron 0-1 Walsall   
1993-94 - Mon 3 Jan  DIV 3  Iron 5-0 Walsall  Martin, Smith, Bullimore, Carmichael, Henderson 
1993-94 - Tue 14 Dec  FAC R2 R  Iron 0-0 Walsall 
(Iron win 7-6 on pens) 
 
1993-94 - Sat 4 Dec  FAC R2  Walsall 1-1 Iron  Carmichael 
1993-94 - Tue 31 Aug  DIV 3  Walsall 0-0 Iron   
1992-93 - Sat 20 Feb  DIV 3  Walsall 3-2 Iron  Stevenson, Helliwell 
1992-93 - Tue 1 Sep  DIV 3  Iron 2-0 Walsall  Elliott, Helliwell 
1991-92 - Sat 7 Mar  DIV 4  Walsall 2-1 Iron  Buckley 
1991-92 - Sat 25 Jan  DIV 4  Iron 1-1 Walsall  White 
1990-91 - Tue 12 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Walsall  Daws 
1990-91 - Tue 2 Oct  DIV 4  Walsall 3-0 Iron   
1983-84 - Tue 6 Mar  DIV 3  Walsall 1-1 Iron  Bell 
1983-84 - Sat 5 Nov  DIV 3  Iron 0-0 Walsall   
1979-80 - Sat 15 Mar  DIV 4  Walsall 1-1 Iron  Partridge 
1979-80 - Sat 6 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 2-2 Walsall  Green, O'Berg 
1972-73 - Sat 28 Apr  DIV 3  Walsall 1-1 Iron  Collier 
1972-73 - Tue 29 Aug  DIV 3  Iron 2-1 Walsall  Fletcher, Kirk 
1967-68 - Sat 24 Feb  DIV 3  Walsall 0-0 Iron   
1967-68 - Sat 7 Oct  DIV 3  Iron 2-5 Walsall  Barton 2 
1966-67 - Fri 24 Feb  DIV 3  Walsall 0-0 Iron   
1966-67 - Sat 8 Oct  DIV 3  Walsall 2-0 Iron   
1965-66 - Sat 21 May  DIV 3  Iron 4-2 Walsall  Sloan 2, Thomas, Bedford 
1965-66 - Sat 8 Jan  DIV 3  Walsall 3-0 Iron   
1964-65 - Tue 20 Oct  DIV 3  Walsall 1-2 Iron  Scott, Lawther 
1964-65 - Tue 13 Oct  DIV 3  Iron 4-0 Walsall  Lawther 2, Scott, Hutton 
1962-63 - Sat 20 Apr  DIV 2  Walsall 1-1 Iron  Wilson 
1962-63 - Fri 30 Nov  DIV 2  Iron 2-0 Walsall  Brownsword, McPherson (og) 
1961-62 - Sat 28 Apr  DIV 2  Walsall 4-1 Iron  McGuigan 
1961-62 - Tue 6 Mar  DIV 2  Iron 2-1 Walsall  McGuigan, Hodgson 

Our full record against Walsall is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 24  11  8 36  22 
Away 25  6 10  34  37 
TOTAL 49 17  18  14  70  59 

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE TWO

Carlisle United v Bradford City
Cheltenham Town v Plymouth Argyle
Crawley Town v Northampton Town
Exeter City v Newport County
Leyton Orient v Colchester United
Macclesfield Town v Grimsby Town
Mansfield Town v Port Vale
Morecambe v Oldham Athletic
Salford City v Crewe Alexandra
Stevenage v Forest Green Rovers
Swindon Town v Cambridge United

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Match Reports

Report: Iron 0-2 Walsall

26 December 2019

The Iron fell to a Boxing Day defeat to Walsall in the final home fixture of the decade. The Saddlers struck either side of the interval through Wes McDonald and Alfie Bates.

The Iron almost opened the scoring in a neat move, inside nine minutes. Kevin van Veen and Alex Gilliead combined as the latter, out on the right, crossed for Lee Novak who fired over the crossbar.

Wes McDonald registered a first effort on target for the visitors. The midfielder took aim from outside the area but his effort lacked conviction, comfortable for Rory Watson.

In the 24th minute, van Veen went close, taking aim from 25 yards out but saw his shot deflected behind for a corner, flashing just wide of the upright.

Moments later, Dan Scarr found himself in acres of space inside the box but headed Alfie Bates’ corner kick straight at Watson.

The Iron were awarded a free-kick mid-way through the half for a foul on Abo Eisa, driving at the Saddlers’ defence. Van Veen’s set piece was superbly saved by Liam Roberts in the visitors’ goal, getting down low to his left to make the stop.

Watson was forced into a save by Caolan Lavery on the half hour mark, after the striker pounced on a loose ball inside the area, and one-on-one, the ‘keeper made the block.

The Iron countered and the ball fell to Eisa but Roberts was equal to the low strike.

With 10 minutes remaining of the first period, United won a free-kick out on the right after van Veen was felled. The striker dusted himself off to take the set piece and cut the ball back to Levi Sutton, lurking on the edge of the area. His strike took a nick off Stuart Sinclair and Roberts claimed it.

James Perch was the next Iron player to test Roberts. His half-volley bounced awkwardly for the ‘keeper who managed to hold it.

Perch spurned another chance after getting on the end of Gilliead’s delivery from the right, but the former slipped in taking it.

It was the Saddlers who made it 0-1, with 44 minutes on the watch. Wes McDonald blasted the ball into the top corner and beyond Watson to hand the visitors a lead just before the break.

Five minutes into the second period, Rory Gaffney raced down the left but skied his shot, blasting the ball over the bar.

At the other end of the pitch, Novak latched onto the end of Junior Brown’s ball and did well on the by-line, taking on two Saddlers players, before his looping effort took a deflection over the bar.

With 55 minutes played, Roberts tipped Sutton’s curling effort onto the bar, letting fly from the edge of the area.

Sutton rifled another effort towards goal from range, with 64 minutes on the watch, which took a deflection behind. However, the corner came to nothing.

In the 70th minute, Brown could have levelled for the Iron. Perch’s ball was pinpoint for the left-back, making a run at the back post, but a Walsall defender beat him to it.

The Iron were awarded a free-kick in a central position in the 77th minute. Van Veen struck it and the dead ball fizzed just wide of the post.

Walsall doubled their advantage, with seven minutes of the game remaining. Bates made it 0-2 to the visitors from close range, sending all three points back to the West Midlands.

IRON: Watson, van Veen, Perch, Novak, Gilliead, Sutton (Ward 83’), McArdle, McGahey, Brown (Proctor 77’), Eisa, Bedeau. 

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Collins, Butler, Dales, Butroid, McAtee.

WALSALL: L. Roberts, Pring, Sadler, Clarke, Scarr, Sinclair, Kinsella, Lavery (Adebayo 87’), Bates, McDonald (Guthrie  71’), Gaffney (Gordon 80’).

WALSALL UNUSED SUBS: Rose, K. Roberts, Holden, Jules.

ATTENDANCE: 3,842.

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Ticket News

Advance rate tickets on sale for Walsall clash + pay on the gate info

26 December 2019

Save money by purchasing your Iron v Walsall tickets in advance! Tickets are on sale now for the home clash.

The game will be played on Thursday, December 26th, 2019 (3.00pm kick-off).

Our Early Bird Price Rates have been frozen for the sixth season in succession, and supporters can buy at these prices until the ticket office closes on Tuesday, December 24th (time to be confirmed), and also until three hours before kick-off online via our ticketing website (www.sufctickets.com). 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 can pay on the gate for Turnstiles 2A and 2B of the Britcon Stand, and Turnstile 4A of the East Stand. Please note, full matchday prices apply.

United's encounter against the Saddlers is a Category A fixture.

LINCS LIFTS 
STAND
Category A 
Early Bird Member
Category A 
Early Bird
Category A 
Matchday
Adult £22 £23 £26
65+/U21/
Student
£15 £16 £18
U18 £6 £7 £9
U12* Free Free Free
EAST
STAND
Category A 
Early Bird Member
Category A 
Early Bird
Category A 
Matchday
Adult £22 £23 £26
65+/U21/
Student
£15 £16 £18
U18 £6 £7 £9
U12* Free Free Free
BRITCON
STAND
Category A 
Early Bird Member
Category A 
Early Bird
Category A 
Matchday
Adult £18 £19 £22
65+/U21/
Student
£13 £14 £16
U18 £6 £7 £9
U12* Free Free Free
LINCOLNSHIRE CO-OP
FAMILY ZONE
Category A 
Early Bird Member
Category A 
Early Bird
Category A 
Matchday
Adult £20 £21 £24
65+/U21/
Student
£14 £15 £17
U18** £4 £5 £7
U12* Free Free Free
EXECUTIVE
SEATS
Category A 
Early Bird Member
Category A 
Early Bird
Category A 
Matchday
Adult £30 £31 £34
65 £23 £24 £26
U21 £18 £19 £21
U18 £13 £14 £16

*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.

HOW TO BUY

ONLINE
www.sufctickets.com

TELEPHONE
Call 01724 747670

IN PERSON

The Sands Venue Stadium ticket office is open at the following times:

Tuesday, December 24th - 8.30am-3pm
Wednesday, December 25th - Closed
Thursday, December 26th - 9am-3pm (also open for a short period of time after the Walsall game)

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