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Preview: Plymouth Argyle (A)

4 October 2019

The Iron return to league action on Saturday as they embark on their longest trip of the season to face Plymouth Argyle (kick-off 3pm).

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Pay on the gate available at Plymouth

5 October 2019


After the weekend’s battling 1-1 draw at home to Bradford City, Paul Hurst and his players will be looking for similar character to be shown in the Iron’s away clash with Plymouth Argyle this Saturday, especially after going down to 10-men in the first half.

The Pilgrims sit in mid-table after an mediocre start to the season, following their relegation from League One last season along with the Iron, and will be no doubt be looking to break into the play-off spots with a win, following on from their away win at Mansfield Town last weekend.

A win for the Iron could see them close the gap on teams above them, heading into a match against Northampton Town at the Sands Venue Stadium, a week on Saturday.


Paul Hurst will be without midfielder Matthew Lund, who has so far been an ever-present in the league for the Iron this season, as he begins the first of a three-match suspension after his early dismissal last weekend. Levi Sutton (medial ligaments), who made a return in the Trophy and was on the bench last weekend, and Regan Slater are two possible replacements for the 28-year-old.

The United boss also said there are a few doubts going into the game with the Pilgrims following a bout of illness among the squad. Kevin van Veen (ribs), who missed last weekend's encounter, is available.

Yann Songo'o and Junior Brown both picked up knocks at Walsall a fortnight ago but both played in the encounter against Bradford City last week, while Lee Novak made a return from his ankle injury by making a substitute appearance against the Bantams.

Elsewhere, Jordan Hallam (ankle) and John McAtee (shoulder) remain absent.


Argyle manager Ryan Lowe said: "Paul Hurst is a fantastic manager, he’s been there, done it, seen it. We know they are down the bottom; we said this a few weeks ago but they are in a false position for me. They’re not turning up here just to make their numbers up, they’re turning up here to try and get a win.”


The Iron have won five of their last seven meetings with the Pilgrims, dating back to the era when both clubs were in the Championship.

The two clubs most recent clash came at Home Park, on the final day of last season. The Pilgrims ran out 3-2 winners, with Kyle Wootton and Josh Morris grabbing the goals for the Iron.

2018-19 LG 1 Plymouth 3-2 Iron Wootton, Morris
2018-19 - Sat Oct 27 LG 1 Iron 1-4 Plymouth Novak
2017-18 - Tue May 1 LG 1 Iron 2-0 Plymouth Adelakun, Toney 
2017-18 - Sat Aug 26 LG 1 Plymouth 0-4 Iron Madden 2, Hopper, Morris
2013-14 - Sat Mar 15 LG 2 Plymouth 0-2 Iron Syers, Cole og
2013-14 - Sat Sep 21 LG 2 Iron 1-0 Plymouth Esajas
2009-10 - Sat Mar 20 CHAMP Iron 2-1 Plymouth Thompson, Woolford
2009-10 - Sat Oct 3 CHAMP Plymouth 2-1 Iron Hooper
2007-08 - Tue Mar 11 CHAMP Iron 1-0 Plymouth Morris
2007-08 - Sat Dec 1 CHAMP Plymouth 3-0 Iron  
2001-02 - Tue Jan 22 DIV 3 Plymouth 2-1 Iron Carruthers
2001-02 - Sat Dec 22 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Plymouth Hodges
2000-01 - Sat Mar 17 DIV 3 Iron 4-1 Plymouth Garcia, Torpey, Quailey 2
2000-01 - Tue Oct 17 DIV 3 Plymouth 1-0 Iron  
1998-99 - Tue Mar 30 DIV 3 Plymouth 5-0 Iron  
1998-99 - Sat Aug 29 DIV 3 Iron 0-2 Plymouth  
1995-96 - Sat Feb 10 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Plymouth McFarlane
1995-96 - Tue Jan 23 DIV 3 Plymouth 1-3 Iron Hope, Turnbull, McFarlane
1983-84 - Sat Apr 7 DIV 3 Iron 3-0 Plymouth Bell, Brolly, Cammack
1983-84 - Tue Sep 27 DIV 3 Plymouth 4-0 Iron  
1972-73 - Tue Feb 6 DIV 3 Plymouth 3-0 Iron  
1972-73 - Tue Oct 10 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Plymouth Kirk
1963-64 - Sat Feb 29 DIV 2 Plymouth 3-1 Iron Hodgson
1963-64 - Sat Nov 16 DIV 2 Iron 1-0 Plymouth Neale
1962-63 - Sat Feb 23 DIV 2 Plymouth 2-3 Iron McGuigan, Howells, Brownsword pen
1962-63 - Sat Oct 6 DIV 2 Iron 2-2 Plymouth Godfrey, Hodgson
1961-62 - Sat Mar 31 DIV 2 Plymouth 3-1 Iron Kaye
1961-62 - Sat Nov 11 DIV 2 Iron 5-1 Plymouth Thomas 4, Thorpe
1960-61 - Sat Apr 22 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Plymouth Thomas, Bonson
1960-61 - Sat Dec 3 DIV 2 Plymouth 3-1 Iron Sharpe
1959-60 - Thu Sep 3 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Plymouth Sharpe, Haigh
1959-60 - Mon Aug 24 DIV 2 Plymouth 4-0 Iron  
League 15 3 14
Total 15 3 14


Bradford City v Swindon Town (3pm)
Cambridge United v Macclesfield Town (3pm)
Colchester United v Stevenage (3pm)
Crewe Alexandra v Exeter City (3pm)
Forest Green Rovers v Crawley Town (3pm)
Grimsby Town v Mansfield Town (3pm)
Newport County v Carlisle United (3pm)
Northampton Town v Leyton Orient (3pm)
Oldham Athletic v Cheltenham Town (3pm)
Port Vale v Morecambe (3pm)
Walsall v Salford City (3pm)

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Report: Plymouth Argyle 2-2 Iron

5 October 2019

The Iron grabbed a stoppage time equaliser to gain a late point at Home Park on Saturday. Alex Gilliead and Abo Eisa scored the United goals, earning their side a well-deserved point.

The Iron got off to a flying start, opening the scoring in the seventh minute, with the first real chance of the match.

Junior Brown found himself down the left hand side of the box, after linking up with Ryan Colclough, and the former squared to Alex Gilliead, who flicked the ball past Palmer, and into the net.

In the 12th minute, the hosts had their first half-chance of the game. through Joel Grant. The forward drifted wide before fizzing a ball across the face of goal, but there wasn’t a green shirt in sight to convert.

Six minutes later, the Pilgrims levelled the score at 1-1, following a corner from the left wing. Conor Grant delivered the ball to the back post for Gary Sawyer, who headed into the six-yard area. Watson made a point blank save, but Will Aimson was there to poke home the rebound.

On the 25-minute mark, Levi Sutton found Colclough with a defence-splitting through ball, but the linesman’s flag was raised, with the winger was adjudged to be in an offside position.

The Iron continued to apply the pressure, as Sutton picked up a loose ball inside the Plymouth half and found Kevin van Veen who drove at the heart of the defence, before checking onto his right, and curling an effort inches past the right post.

On the half-hour mark, the home side worked the ball well down the left wing through Joel Grant, and the forward found Mayor ghosting into the box, but the number ten couldn’t find the target with his strike.

Soon after, Colclough earned his side a corner after some good individual work, and after the aforementioned player took it from the left, Rory McArdle tried to attack the ball, but appeared to be bundled over inside the box. However, referee Andy Woolmer deemed it not to be a penalty.

The Iron were the next to have another big opportunity to re-gain the lead. After neat play from Lee Novak to find van Veen, the latter drove past his man before seeing his strike saved brilliantly from close range, by home ‘keeper Palmer.

Approaching the half time whistle, the home side had a case for handball on Yann Songo’o, but once again, Andy Woolmer turned down the claims. Almost instantly after, Watson pulled off an excellent save to ensure the Iron went in level, after the ball was cut back to Ryan Watson on the penalty spot. 

After a half-time substitution each for both sides, the second half started in end-to-end fashion - despite there being few chances - as both sides looked to grab that elusive second goal.

It was the Iron who had the first sighting of goal though, courtesy of Brown after a marauding run into the Pilgrims box, although, his lifted effort flew narrowly over the crossbar.

In the 55th minute, the Iron saw a great chance go begging. After a lovely move involving a Gilliead and Ntlhe one-two down the right wing, Novak slipped in van Veen, who after a one-on-one, lifted the ball over ‘keeper Palmer, but the ball bounced agonizingly past the bottom corner and out of play.

The Iron continued to take control of the second half, and Ryan Colclough turned his man in the 61st minute, before checking onto his left and seeing his shot deflected into the side-netting. The resulting corner was subsequently cleared by the home side.

Up the other end, it was another outstanding Watson save that kept the scores level, denying Callum McFadzean at the back post, who was bearing down on the Iron goal.

In the 76th minute, the home side took the lead for the first time, somewhat against the run of play. After a deep ball to the back post by McFadzean, the ball was headed back across goal for Aimson to grab his second of the game.

With 80 minutes on the clock, the Iron found themselves pushing for an equaliser. Gilliead picked the ball up out wide on the line, before making it to the by-line for a cross to the back post, but no Iron player was there to finish.

Shortly after, Colclough had a corner from the right, which was aimed at Kgosi Ntlhe at the back post. The full-back duly headed back towards Yann Songo’o, but the midfielder couldn’t quite get a shot off after a tangle of legs.

As the game looked to be coming to a close, Abo Eisa scored a late, stoppage time equaliser to ensure the Iron went home with at least a point. The 87th minute substitute lifted the ball over Palmer following a flick-on from Jamie Proctor.

PLYMOUTH: Palmer, Sawyer, Aimson, Wootton, Sarcevic, Edwards (Riley 45’), Taylor (Rudden 67’), Mayor (Josh Grant 77’), Conor Grant, Joel Grant, McFadzean.

PLYMOUTH UNUSED SUBS: Cooper, Canavan, Lolos, Randell.

IRON: Watson, Songo’o, Colclough (Eisa 87’), van Veen (Proctor 77’), Perch (Ntlhe 45’), Novak, Gilliead, Sutton, McArdle, McGahey, Brown.

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Dales, Eastwood, Slater, Bedeau.

ATTENDANCE: 8,880 (110).

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Ticket News

Pay on the gate available at Plymouth

5 October 2019

Iron fans are able to pay on the gate for the League Two trip to face Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, October 5th (3pm kick-off).

Matchday prices for the game are as follows:

Adults £25
Over 65s/under 23s* £20
Under 18s £11
Wheelchair adult £20
Wheelchair over 65s/under 23s* £16
Wheelchair under 18s £9
Under 12** £8
Under 8** £5

* ID is required for all concession tickets, which is over 65s and under 23s.
** Under 12 and under 8 tickets can only be sold with a paying adult or concession. Admittance will be refused to any under 12 or under 8 with under 18’s or on their own.

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