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Preview: Walsall (A)

20 September 2019

The Iron return to League Two action with an away clash at Walsall on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

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Pay on the turnstile available at Walsall

20 September 2019

SCENE-SETTER

The Iron come into the match having earned four points from their last two league games. Putting in a strong performance, United came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night, levelling through goals from Matthew Lund and Kevin van Veen. It built on the 3-0 home win over Morecambe the previous weekend.

Walsall arrive in the match sitting 20th in the division following a 1-0 win at Morecambe on Tuesday night, which was secured through Stuart Sinclair’s goal. That provided them with their first win since the start of the season.

Victory for Paul Hurst's Scunthorpe would see them close the gap in the league table on the Saddlers.

TEAM NEWS

Iron manager Paul Hurst labelled forward Jamie Proctor as a doubt going into the game, with the Rotherham United loanee set to be assessed ahead of the game.

Proctor banged his knee in the warm-up ahead of Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic at the Sands Venue Stadium and, despite completing the full game, may not travel to the Banks's Stadium.

The game will come too soon for skipper Andy Butler as he sits out once more with an ankle injury, although the defender has been back on the training pitch. The situation is similar for striker Lee Novak as he edges nearer to a return.

Andy Dales (hamstring) and Levi Sutton (medial ligaments) both got their first minutes in midweek in a behind-closed-doors encounter as they stepped up their returns. The duo aren't yet available for selection for the first team, though.

Elsewhere, Ryan Colclough returned to the side and was a used substitute in midweek following a groin injury which sidelined him for the Morecambe game last weekend.

OPPOSITION VIEW

Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke said: "We're not getting carried away to be honest. Nothing changes really, we're disappointed with our points return, it's nice to get a win but we're looking for that consistency, with results. Wins for managers last about 30 seconds, even after the game. There were no high-fives and all of that after the game. While the lads got a 20 second pat on the back, the rest of the talk was about making sure we back it up on Saturday.

"All managers need time. There are so many experts now in the world where managers don't get that time, you don't need to prove anything to anybody, he (Paul Hurst) has gone in with a squad full of players already there so it will probably take two or three windows to make that football club right, a similar scenario here. 

"It doesn't happen overnight, there are no quick fixes out there. They'll be pleased that they've got a couple results now and they'll be moving in that direction, I certainly see them nowhere near the bottom of the table when the end of the season comes."

PAST MEETINGS

The Iron were 2-1 victors at Walsall 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
2018-19 - Sat 12 Jan LG 1 Walsall 1-2 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

All games kick-off at 3pm

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

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Match Reports

Report: Walsall 1-0 Iron

21 September 2019

The Iron were narrowly defeated 1-0 by Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium in Sky Bet League Two, with James Clarke’s strike in the 65th minute the difference between the two sides.

The Iron looked lively in the opening exchanges. Inside three minutes, Ryan Colclough’s deep cross was aimed at Alex Gilliead who headed the ball back across goal with George Miller lurking at the back post but Liam Roberts claimed.

Colclough did well to beat to beat two men before being brought down 35 yards from goal and the winger dusted himself off to take the set piece. He spotted the run of stand-in skipper Rory McArdle arriving at the back post but McArdle couldn’t quite stretch for it.

The Iron won a corner with 11 minutes on the clock. Roberts punched clear but only as far as Gilliead whose cross took a deflection and caused chaos in the box before it was eventually headed behind for another corner.

United went close from the resulting corner kick. Colclough’s inswinging delivery was met by Songo’o but his header was straight at the ‘keeper.

On 15 minutes, the hosts threatened. Danny Guthrie laid the ball off to Caolan Lavery and the striker fired just wide.

James Perch won back possession with 24 minutes gone. The defender spread play out wide to Kevin van Veen whose cross came out to Songo’o. The latter took aim from 25 yards but his powerful half-volley took a deflection off Guthrie.

McArdle made a vital block to to deny Rory Gaffney, with 10 minutes until the half-time whistle. Substitute Josh Gordon looked to break for the Saddlers, picking out Gaffney but the captain got his body in the way.

The Iron were awarded a free-kick 30 yards out for an infringement on Matty Lund but van Veen curled the set-piece wide of the goal.

Five minutes into the second period, Gordon drove at the Iron defence and took aim but McArdle did well to narrow the angle and the Saddlers striker skewed his shot over the bar as it took a deflection off the captain.

With 52 minutes played, Gilliead saw his shot blocked as the winger attacked down the left and cut inside.

Moments later, a chance went begging for the hosts. Guthrie’s free-kick was met by Gaffney but he couldn’t direct his header on target.

On the hour mark, van Veen turned brilliantly and tried his luck from the edge of the box. However, the Dutchman’s effort was saved by Roberts.

The striker drew a save from the home goalkeeper again, two minutes later. Abo Eisa and Gilliead linked up well down the right before working the ball to van Veen on the edge of the box but Roberts was alert to parry the effort to safety.

James Clarke broke the deadlock with 65 minutes on the watch. The defender made it 1-0 to the Saddlers from close range from Guthrie’s looping cross.

The Iron switched play to the left, with Brown sliding the ball in to Colclough. The latter’s ball fizzed across the face of goal with no claret and blue shirt in the vicinity to add the final touch.

Van Veen hacked the ball clear amid a scramble in the box. It eventually came out wide with Brown getting the block in to keep the Iron in the contest.

With 15 minutes left to play, Colclough watched his low shot wide of the post, looking for an Iron equaliser.

Into added time, the Iron won a corner. It fell to Gilliead on the perimeter of the box but his last ditch effort was blocked and it finished 1-0 to the hosts.

WALSALL: Roberts, Clarke, Scarr, Sinclair, Lavery (Gordon 22’), Holden, Guthrie (Kinsella 66’), McDonald (Norman 86’), Liddle, Gaffney, Jules.

WALSALL UNUSED SUBS: Rose, Hardy, Bates, Cockerill-Mollett.

IRON: Watson, Lund, Songo’o, Colclough (Slater 75’), van Veen, Perch, Gilliead, McArdle, McGahey, Brown (Ntlhe 84’), Miller (Eisa 61’).

IRON UNUSED SUBS:
Eastwood, Clarke, Hornshaw, McAtee. 

ATTENDANCE: 4,037 (306 away)

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Ticket News

Pay on the turnstile available at Walsall

20 September 2019

Fans are able to pay cash on the turnstile on matchday, but need to go to the Walsall ticket office if it’s for a family ticket, for the away encounter at Banks’s Stadium on Saturday, September 21st (3pm kick-off).

Walsall confirmed on Thursday morning (September 19th) that ticket prices go up by £2 in all categories on matchday. 

Matchday prices for the game are as follows:

CATEGORY PRICE
Adults £22
Young Persons (18-21) £18
Over-60s £17
Under-18s £12
Family Ticket* (one adult and one under-18) £24

* Family tickets are only available to parent / guardian and (grand)child groups and are not available to siblings / cousins or friendship groups.

Please note that young adults must show their ID and are advised to bring it with them on the day of the game too. 

Walsall have also asked us to make fans aware that they have an 'Away Fans Bar' which opens at 1.30pm.

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