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Preview: Northampton Town (A)

28 January 2020

The Iron are in midweek League Two action when they face Northampton Town at the PTS Academy Stadium on Tuesday night.

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Pay on the night available at Northampton

27 January 2020


Scunthorpe come into the match with the Cobblers on the back of a hard-fought 2-2 home draw against high-flying Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.

Jacob Bedeau headed in the first goal of his professional career to put Scunthorpe ahead, before the away side hit back to equalise and then go ahead in the second period. Scunthorpe weren’t done though, and levelled through a spectacular effort from Kevin van Veen.

The Cobblers were in FA Cup fourth round action on Friday night, drawing 0-0 at home to Championship side Derby County and forcing a replay at Pride Park.

Their last league game was last Tuesday evening when they drew 1-1 away at Leyton Orient, in a game that saw Ryan Watson score before Scott Wharton was sent off late on.

Scunthorpe come into the match sitting 15th, but could climb to 11th if results go their way. Meanwhile, Keith Curle’s Northampton sit sixth in the table.

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27 January 2020


Manager Paul Hurst has ruled out on-loan defender Junior Brown, who is set to miss the next couple of weeks with a medial ligament injury.

Elsewhere, the game will come too soon for Rory McArdle (hamstring) and Lee Novak (ankle), the latter of who misses out through the final game of a three-match suspension anyway. Both could be available for the trip to Crawley at the weekend.

Yann Songo'o (knee) could receive some game time in the Under-23s against Hull City next Monday should he get through training this week.

Elsewhere, Jordan Clarke will miss most of what remains of this season with a calf injury, while Kgosi Ntlhe faces at least six weeks out with an Achilles injury.

Jordan Hallam (hamstring) remains absent, though is nearing a return to contention, while Regan Slater (ankle) is likely to be out until the end of February at least.


The Iron were 3-0 victors in our last game against the Cobblers, with Lee Novak scoring twice and Kevin van Veen striking spectacularly against his former club.

2019-20 - Sat 12 Oct LG 2 Iron 3-0 Northampton Novak 2, van Veen
2017-18 - Sat 17 Feb LG 1 Iron 2-2 Northampton Ojo, Wallace
2017-18 - Sat 18 Nov LG 1 Northampton 0-3 Iron Burgess, Holmes 2
2017-18 - Tue 14 Nov FAC R1 R Iron 1-0 Northampton Adelakun
2017-18 - Sat 4 Nov FAC R1 Northampton 0-0 Iron  
2016-17 - Sat 14 Jan LG 1 Northampton 1-2 Iron van Veen, Morris
2016-17 - Sat 8 Oct  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Northampton  Morris 
2013-14 - Sat 8 Mar  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Northampton  Canavan 
2013-14 - Sat 7 Sep  LG 1  Northampton 1-1 Iron  Canavan 
2008-09 - Tue 21 Apr  LG 1  Northampton 3-3 Iron  Trotter, McCann, Sparrow 
2008-09 - Sat 13 Dec  LG 1  Iron 4-4 Northampton  May, Hopper 2, May 
2006-07 - Mon 9 Apr  LG 1  Northampton 2-1 Iron  Sharp 
2006-07 - Sat 18 Nov  LG 1  Iron 1-0 Northampton  Crosby 
2004-05 - Sat 9 Apr  LG 2  Northampton 1-2 Iron  Hayes, Kell 
2004-05 - Mon 30 Aug  LG 2  Iron 2-0 Northampton  Keogh, Crosby 
2003-04 - Sat 21 Feb  DIV 3  Iron 1-0 Northampton  Ridley 
2003-04 - Fri 17 Oct  DIV 3  Northampton 1-1 Iron  Kell 
1996-97 - Sat 3 May  DIV 3  Northampton 1-0 Iron   
1996-97 - Tue 15 Oct  DIV 3  Iron 2-1 Northampton  D'Auria, Hope 
1995-96 - Sat 30 Mar  DIV 3  Northampton 1-2 Iron  Clarkson, McFarlane 
1995-96 - Sat 7 Oct  DIV 3  Iron 0-0 Northampton   
1994-95 - Fri 16 Dec  DIV 3  Northampton 0-1 Iron  Knill 
1994-95 - Sat 27 Aug  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Northampton  Bradley 
1993-94 - Tue 8 Mar  DIV 3  Northampton 4-0 Iron   
1993-94 - Sat 16 Oct  DIV 3  Iron 7-0 Northampton  Carmichael 3, Thompstone, Smith, Elliott, Toman 
1992-93 - Tue 30 Mar  DIV 3  Iron 5-0 Northampton  Elliott, Goodacre 2, Helliwell, Thompstone 
1992-93 - Sat 12 Sep  DIV 3  Northampton 1-0 Iron   
1991-92 - Tue 14 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 3-0 Northampton  Hill, Buckley, Daws 
1991-92 - Sat 19 Oct  DIV 4  Northampton 0-1 Iron  Helliwell 
1990-91 - Sat 30 Mar  DIV 4  Northampton 2-1 Iron  Taylor 
1990-91 - Tue 5 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 3-0 Northampton  Daws, Chard (og), Lillis 
1986-87 - Wed 11 Mar  DIV 4  Northampton 1-0 Iron   
1986-87 - Sat 23 Aug  DIV 4  Iron 2-2 Northampton  Cammack, Hunter 
1985-86 - Tue 18 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Northampton  Broddle 
1985-86 - Sat 2 Nov  DIV 4  Northampton 2-2 Iron  Brolly, Lister 
1984-85 - Fri 22 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Northampton  Hill, Broddle 
1984-85 - Sat 6 Oct  DIV 4  Northampton 0-2 Iron  Matthews, Cowling 
1982-83 - Sun 20 Mar  DIV 4  Northampton 2-1 Iron  Cowling 
1982-83 - Sat 6 Nov  DIV 4  Iron 5-1 Northampton  O'Berg 2, Cammack 3 
1981-82 - Sat 23 Jan  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Northampton  Stewart, Telfer 
1981-82 - Sat 29 Aug  DIV 4  Northampton 1-1 Iron  Green 
1980-81 - Fri 13 Mar  DIV 4  Northampton 3-3 Iron  Grimes, O'Berg, Green 
1980-81 - Sat 11 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 0-2 Northampton   
1979-80 - Fri 25 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 3-0 Northampton  Stewart, Cammack 2 
1979-80 - Sat 8 Dec  DIV 4  Northampton 0-0 Iron   
1978-79 - Tue 20 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 0-3 Northampton   
1978-79 - Fri 15 Sep  DIV 4  Northampton 1-0 Iron   
1977-78 - Sat 25 Feb  DIV 4  Northampton 1-2 Iron  Lumby, Deere 
1977-78 - Sat 1 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 2-2 Northampton  Heron, Lumby 
1975-76 - Fri 27 Feb  DIV 4  Northampton 2-1 Iron  O'Connor 
1975-76 - Sat 25 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 0-2 Northampton   
1974-75 - Sat 15 Feb  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Northampton  Roberts, Pilling 
1974-75 - Tue 11 Feb  DIV 4  Northampton 3-0 Iron   
1973-74 - Sun 10 Feb  DIV 4  Iron 1-2 Northampton  Collier 
1973-74 - Fri 21 Sep  DIV 4  Northampton 2-0 Iron   
1971-72 - Sat 1 Jan  DIV 4  Northampton 0-2 Iron  Jackson, Kerr 
1971-72 - Fri 17 Sep  DIV 4  Iron 0-0 Northampton   
1970-71 - Sat 30 Jan  DIV 4  Northampton 1-0 Iron   
1970-71 - Sat 28 Nov  DIV 4  Iron 2-2 Northampton  Barker, Woolmer 
1969-70 - Tue 17 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Northampton  Davidson 
1969-70 - Wed 18 Feb  DIV 4  Northampton 2-1 Iron  Heath 
1967-68 - Sat 2 Mar  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Northampton  Kerr 
1967-68 - Sat 14 Oct  DIV 3  Northampton 1-0 Iron   
1963-64 - Tue 3 Sep  DIV 2  Northampton 2-0 Iron   
1963-64 - Tue 27 Aug  DIV 2  Iron 1-2 Northampton  Lawther 

Our full record against Northampton Town is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 33  17  11  62  32 
Away 32  8 15 33  42 
TOTAL 65  26 19  20  95  74 


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Colchester United v Swindon Town
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Oldham Athletic v Mansfield Town
Plymouth Argyle v Crawley Town
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(All 7.45pm kick-offs)

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Match Reports

Report: Northampton Town 3-0 Iron

28 January 2020

Playing with ten men for a large portion of the match following Kevin van Veen’s red card, the Iron were beaten 3-0 at high-flying Northampton Town on Tuesday night.

There was a vital first touch in an Iron shirt for Ian Lawlor during the opening minute as he was alert to throw himself at the ball as the hosts almost stole in.

With five minutes played, there was a chance for the Iron as John McAtee dummied to sell his marker and put him out of position. van Veen then played Abo Eisa down the left before he drove down the left, cut onto his right foot and saw a low effort saved.

The hosts took the lead in the seventh minute as Vadaine Oliver matched the run of a floated ball into the area from the right to send the ball into the corner of the net.

With ten minutes gone, the hosts came again with a Charlie Goode long throw, but the Iron headed away before James Perch and Jordan Gabriel tidied up on the right channel.

The Cobblers came forward again in the 14th minute and played the ball neatly towards the right side before Nicky Adams crossed into the box, but just a little too high for a forward to meet it.

On 16 minutes, there was a quick break from the Iron as Jacob Bedeau found McAtee to drive into space. He spotted Eisa down the left, who beat the full-back and smashed in a low cross. Goode cleared with the ball looping to Perch, who volleyed wide.

Eisa and McAtee combined down the left with pace in the 24th minute, with the latter squeezing in a low cross which didn’t quite reach van Veen. The hosts then cleared.

Three minutes later, the Cobblers got some space down the left after a couple of neat passes before a deep cross came in, met by the volley of Andy Williams, but the ball sailed over.

With half an hour gone, the Iron won a corner as Lawlor found Eisa in acres of space to drive forward, cut onto his left, and saw his cross turned behind.

From the subsequent set-piece, there was a big penalty shout for the Iron as Lund was pulled back a yard from goal as the ball floated into the area and looped high into the air. Nothing was given, but United did then get another corner.

Both Perch and David Cornell went up for the following corner, with the ball ricocheting wide, but a goal kick given on this occasion.

Soon after, van Veen was slipped through down the right before he looked to play to McAtee who ran square unmarked but for a sliding intervention to thwart the pass.

van Veen was then shown a straight red card from the referee for pushing Charlie Goode in the 36th minute, leaving the Iron to battle on with ten men for the rest of the game.

The referee awarded a free-kick to Northampton following an aerial challenge. Goode reacted to van Veen and there was nothing more than handbags, but Sam Purkiss showed his first EFL red card.

With 41 minutes gone, John McAtee was replaced by George Miller up front.

Shortly after that, Goode threw himself on the floor as Miller knocked the ball around him and looked to have won the race, only for the Cobblers skipper to block off his run and go down.

On 44 minutes, Paul Anderson sent a curling volley wide of the target after the hosts initially hit the post following a header from Goode.

The Iron started the second-half well, with Eisa picking up possession and driving at the defence on 47 minutes, getting inside the box before his left-footed effort was blocked.

Soon after, Goode controlled inside his own penalty area with a number of the travelling Iron fans shouting for handball but nothing was given.

With 49 minutes on the clock, Eisa drove again, this time cutting onto his right foot before pulling the trigger. The effort was blocked, with Miller then flagged offside as he searched for the rebound.

The 51st minute saw Lawlor drawn into a smart save as he denied Nicky Adams with a powerful low volley from an acute angle. Adams tried to control for a rebound but the ball went out for a goal kick.

A minute later, there was good play from the Iron as Alex Gilliead came forward and found a pocket of space. The move saw Gabriel chest down a cross from the left before Perch sent a half-volley wide.

The 54th minute saw the best chance of the game for the Iron to date. Perch had a goal bound volley blocked after good work from Gabriel, before the Nottingham Forest loanee had a left-footed volley himself, with Miller touching the ball slightly, but not able to turn on target.

On 60 minutes, McGahey headed back into the area after Gilliead’s corner was cleared. Perch teed up Bedeau, who controlled and volleyed, with Cornell getting down low to his left to save.

With 62 minutes gone, the hosts broke and got a second through Oliver. Andy Butler initially did well to block his square ball across the area, but Oliver was able to squeeze in a half-volley into the net.

The home side have made it three from the penalty spot, with Sam Hoskins slotting home in the 72nd minute.

The penalty came after Scunthorpe lost possession and an attacker broke, with Harrison McGahey bringing him down in the box.

On 74 minutes, Scunthorpe won a free-kick on the edge of the area, which Eisa bent around the wall but saw saved by Cornell.

Soon after, there was a lengthy delay as Jordan Gabriel and the home side’s Joe Martin received treatment following an aerial collision.

With 83 minutes on the clock, Eisa received the ball on the right before turning, driving forward and striking an effort over the crossbar.

Three minutes later, Hoskins’ drilled free-kick took a complete change of direction when deflecting off the wall, but Lawlor changed his path and saved the effort.

With a minute left, Miller was fed the ball and held up well before threading to Gilliead, who saw his 25-yard effort blocked. Eisa then fired a drive from the edge of the area over the crossbar.

During the eight minutes of stoppage time, Eisa came close with a sweetly struck effort, with Cornell scrambling across goal, but it went just wide.

There was then a superb save from Cornell to preserve his clean sheet as Gabriel drove and let fly across goal. His effort looked destined for the top corner, but for the touch.

NORTHAMPTON: Cornell, Martin, Goode, Hoskins, Watson, Adams (Lines, 74), Williams (Marshall, 55), Oliver, Olayinka, Harriman, Anderson (Morton, 55).

NORTHAMPTON SUBS NOT USED: Hall-Johnson, Warburton, Roberts, Arnold.

IRON: Lawlor, Lund, Butler, van Veen, Perch, Gabriel, Gilliead, McGahey, Eisa, Bedeau, McAtee (Miller, 41).

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Sutton, Beestin, Cummings, O’Malley, Pugh.

ATTENDANCE: 4,083 (181 away).

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Ticket News

Pay on the night available at Northampton

27 January 2020

Fans can pay on the night for the Iron's League Two trip to face Northampton Town, which takes place on Tuesday, January 28th (7.45pm kick-off).

Tickets for the game are now OFF SALE from the Sands Venue Stadium.

PAY ON THE DAY: Matchday prices can be seen below. It will be cash only at the away end portacabin.

Official coach travel is still on sale, costing £15 members and £17 non-members. Departure times are 3.00pm from the Hornsby bus depot, 3.05pm from Ashby Broadway, 3.15pm from the Museum and Baths Hall, and 3.30pm from the Sands Venue Stadium. Travel must be purchased in advance from our ticket office or online via  

Prices for the game are as follows:

Adult £24
Over-65/Under-21 £20
Under-18 £12
Under-11 £12
Juniors under 7 Free


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