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Preview: Sunderland (H) - Trophy

12 November 2019

On Tuesday, the Iron play their final Trophy group match against Sunderland, with the hope of qualifying for the Round of 32 (kick-off 7:45pm).


After bowing out of the FA Cup at the hands of Crawley Town at the weekend, Paul Hurst’s men will be looking to go one better this Tuesday against Sunderland in a different cup competition. 

Last time out in the Trophy, the Iron held table-toppers Leicester City Under-21s to a 1-1 draw, courtesy of a late Ryan Colclough equaliser, but unfortunately went on to lose 3-1 on penalties. 

Currently sitting in the second qualifying spot, a draw against The Black Cats will be enough to see United enter the hat for the knockout stages, regardless of who wins the potential shootout. 

Last Tuesday, Phil Parkinson’s Sunderland side lost 2-1 to Leicester City Under-21s, and the newly appointed manager will no doubt be looking to beat the Iron and progress, at the Sands Venue Stadium.  


Manager Paul Hurst has confirmed he will be without Harrison McGahey (illness) and Yann Songo'o (toe) as the fresh absentees following the weekend's game at Crawley Town.

Songo'o was withdrawn in the second half with a dislocated toe the prognosis, as he looks set for a couple of weeks on the sidelines. The game will also come too soon for Jamie Ward (hamstring), Jordan Hallam (hamstring), Levi Sutton (hand) and Kgosi Ntlhe (groin) as they all recover from their respective lay-offs.

Regan Slater (foot) and George Miller (quad strain) remain absent, while Jamie Proctor is cuptied after playing for parent club Rotherham United earlier in the season.

With a depleted squad, Hurst confirmed he may turn to some of Russ Wilcox's Under-23s players, although indicated that the majority of those will be on the bench.


2018-19 - Sat Jan 19 LG 1 Iron 1-1 Sunderland Hammill
2018-19 - Sun Aug 19 LG 1 Sunderland 3-0 Iron  
1987-88 - Sat Dec 5 FAC R2 Iron 2-1 Sunderland Taylor, Harle
1963-64 - Wed Sep 18 DIV 2 Sunderland 1-0 Iron  
1963-64 - Mon Sep 9 DIV 2 Iron 1-1 Sunderland Smillie
1962-63 - Tue Apr 30 DIV 2 Iron 1-1 Sunderland Ashurst (og)
1962-63 - Wed Oct 17 LGC R3 Sunderland 2-0 Iron  
1962-63 - Sat Sep 29 DIV 2 Sunderland 0-0 Iron  
1961-62 - Sat Feb 10 DIV 2 Iron 3-1 Sunderland McGuigan, Kaye, Godfrey
1961-62 - Sat Sep 23 DIV 2 Sunderland 4-0 Iron  
1960-61 - Sat Apr 1 DIV 2 Sunderland 2-0 Iron  
1960-61 - Sat Nov 26 DIV 2 Iron 3-3 Sunderland Thomas, Bonson, Brownsword pen
1959-60 - Sat Apr 9 DIV 2 Sunderland 1-0 Iron  
1959-60 - Sat Nov 21 DIV 2 Iron 3-1 Sunderland Donnelly 2, Thomas
1958-59 - Sat Dec 27 DIV 2 Sunderland 3-1 Iron Neale
1958-59 - Fri Dec 26 DIV 2 Iron 3-2 Sunderland Ashurst (og), Neale, Sharpe
1952-53 - Thu Jan 15 FAC R3 R Iron 1-2 Sunderland Daley
1952-53 - Sat Jan 10 FAC R3 Sunderland 1-1 Iron McGill


FA Cup 1 1 1
League 3 4 5
League Cup 0 0 1
Total 4 5 7

Tuesday’s clash will mark the 20th fixture between the clubs, over the course of their long history. Out of the 19 so far, the Iron have won five and drawn six, with the Black Cats edging the record with eight wins. 

The last match between the two came earlier this year, as a Sky Bet League One fixture in January 2019. The game finished 1-1 after a dramatic late equaliser, courtesy of Adam Hammill’s curling strike. 

The two sides have also previously met in this competition back in August 2017, where the Iron emerged victorious, 3-1, thanks to goals from van Veen, Holmes and Morris. Coincidentally, this match was the first meeting between the two for almost 30 years, in all competitions.  


Walsall v Forest Green Rovers (7pm)
Gillingham v Tottenham Hotspur Under-21s (7pm)
Peterborough United v Cambridge United (7.30pm)
Bradford City v Rochdale (7.30pm)
Colchester United v Ipswich Town (7.30pm)
Crawley Town v Oxford United (7.45pm)
Cheltenham Town v Newport County (7.45pm)
MK Dons v Wycombe Wanderers (7.45pm)
Tranmere Rovers v Salford City (7.45pm)
Port Vale v Newcastle United Under-21s (7.45pm)
Burton Albion v Mansfield Town (7.45pm)
Morecambe v Carlisle United (7.45pm)
Lincoln City v Rotherham United (7.45pm)

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Match Reports

Report: Iron 3-0 Sunderland

12 November 2019

The Iron defeated Sunderland 3-0 in the Trophy group stages on Tuesday night to seal their passage into the next round.

A Lee Novak brace in the second-half, with a Abo Eisa strike inbetween, sealed the victory for Scunthorpe, who finish second in their group.

Four minutes in, the travelling Black Cats shouted for a penalty after Luke O’Nien was brought down in the box but referee Darren Handley awarded an Iron goal kick.

The Black Cats’ closest chance of the opening half came in the 17th minute when Duncan Watmore missed an open goal, sending his shot sky high over the crossbar, despite Jake Eastwood having ran forward to defend an earlier attempt.

The Iron bounced back 20 minutes in after a pass from Lee Novak to Matthew Lund. His shot skimmed the fingertips of Black Cats goalkeeper Lee Burge to only just miss hitting the back top left corner.

Soon after, the Iron had another chance after John McAtee chipped the ball from the edge of the six-yard box where James Perch received the ball and flashed it over the goal line and out of play.

The Mackems tried to continue to push for the goal that would hopefully clinch a victory and a place in the next round but good defending by Rory McArdle and Alex Gilliead around the halfway point of the half stopped the away side in their tracks, tackling skilfully and stealing possession from the opposition.

The Iron’s best chance of the half came three minutes from half-time time when a McAtee corner was crossed into the box and headered by Novak, who saw the ball deflected off the line and over the crossbar by O’Nien.

Early in the second half, Eisa did well to control a ball from midfield and turn the last man. Burge was quick off his line to diffuse the situation, despite Eisa being bundled to the ground by the Black Cats 'keeper. However, nothing was given.

The Black Cats were still searching for the first goal of the match, as Grant Leadbitter’s dangerous cross into the box was seamlessly headed away by McArdle.

With 57 minutes gone, Jake Eastwood did brilliantly to save from Marc McNulty's close range effort. He turned the ball behind for a corner, and gathered well. On the counter attack, Eisa fired an effort wide of the mark under pressure.

Moments later, a penalty in the 66th minute then put the Iron in the lead after Eisa ran down the left wing, latching onto a ball from substitute Kevin van Veen, before being taken down in the box by O’Nien who was then shown a red card.

Novak stepped up to the plate, effortlessly kicking the ball straight into the bottom left corner and putting the home side in the lead. 

Soon after, Lund found Eisa down the left with a brilliant outside-of-the-foot pass, and the latter beat Max Power before seeing his cross tipped away by Lee Burge.

Eisa pushed forward 10 minutes from time into a heavily defended Black Cats box where he kept possession until his close-range shot was blocked by the keeper.

Eisa then grabbed a second goal for the Iron two minutes from time after a van Veen corner saw McArdle’s shot deflected by the Sunderland wall to then be intercepted by Eisa, whose low effort went straight past the arms of Burge and into the back of the net.

One minute into added time, Novak made it three and got his second goal of the game after a right wing cross into the box gave him the opportunity to head the ball home.

The draw for the next round will be on Saturday November 16th when Iron will find out who they will face next in this competition.

IRON: Eastwood, Clarke, Lund (Pugh, 89’), Perch, Novak, Gilliead (Dales, 89’) McArdle (C), Brown, Eisa, Bedeau, McAtee (van Veen, 57’).

UNUSED SUBS: Watson, Butler, Colclough, Butroid,

SUNDERLAND: Burge, Lynch (De Bock, 45), Willis, Power, McNulty, O’Nien, Watmore (Maguire, 74), Dobson, McGeady, Leadbitter (C), Hume.

UNUSED SUBS: Patterson, McGeouch, Kimpioka, Mumba, Taylor


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Ticket News

Sunderland Trophy ticket news + pay on the gate info

12 November 2019

Tickets are on sale for the Iron’s home Trophy clash against Sunderland.

The Black Cats travel to the Sands Venue Stadium on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.

It is our third group game of the tournament, following the 2-1 victory over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, which was followed by the 1-1 home draw against Leicester City Under-21s (both in September).

There is no deadline for 12th Man members to reserve their usual seats.

PAY ON THE GATE: Fans using Turnstiles 2A and 2B of the Britcon Stand, and Turnstile 8A of the Lincs Lift Stand, can pay cash on the turnstile.

Prices are as follows:

Lincs Lifts Stand £10 £5 £2
Britcon Stand £8 £4 £2
Executive Area £15 £10 £7

*Please note, the East Stand will be closed for this fixture.


Call 01724 849344


Tuesday, November 12th - 8.30am-7.45pm (also open for a short period of time after the Sunderland game)

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