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Preview: Crawley Town (H)

1 April 2021

The Iron return to action for the first time in ten days on Friday as they host Crawley Town looking to make it five games unbeaten.

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2 April 2021

The Iron signed off a tough run of fixtures last midweek with a 2-0 home win over Bradford City which followed three consecutive 1-1 draws, and will be looking to get their latest run of fixtures off to a winning start against the side they faced in the reverse fixture back in September.


First Team Manager Neil Cox has had opportunity to get some work into the players on the training ground in the last week after a month of back-to-back Saturday-Tuesday fixtures. This month follows in a similar ilk, with eight games to be played in April.

They will be buoyed by that victory last time out though, with Abo Eisa and Devarn Green both netting against the Bantams, while the previous two games saw United equalise late on. This is the fourth of four consecutive home games.

The Iron didn't have a game last weekend as the scheduled trip to Newport County was called off due to international call-ups in the Exiles team.


Crawley Town come into the game off the back of two disappointing defeats, losing 3-1 at home to Port Vale last weekend, while they were edged out 3-2 at Barrow in the game prior.

Before that they were four games unbeaten, including three 1-0 wins in a row against Tranmere Rovers, Salford City and Mansfield Town, respectively.

Currently in 11th place on 51 points, the side sit six points adrift of the play-offs following their two defeats, which has dented their hopes of pushing into the mix at the top end of the table. Nevertheless, with 10 games to go, they'll still believe they have a real chance of entering the fray.

Manager John Yems is 62 games into his tenure at the club having joined them in December 2019, winning 28 and drawing 18. Prior to that, he was in a scouting role with other clubs, including Newcastle United, and has assumed a number of coaching roles throughout.

Amongst the Reds' ranks is former Iron midfielder Josh Wright and his brother, Mark, who is most known as a TV personality and original cast member in The Only Way is Essex. Josh, meanwhile, made a total of 81 appearances for Scunthorpe in all competitions during a two-year stay, with his one goal coming in the League Cup tie against Manchester United.


Left-back Junior Brown has been ruled out for five-to-six weeks with the hamstring injury that forced him off against Bradford City, while forward Kevin van Veen has undergone an injection on his knee and will miss this game. He'll be assessed ahead of Tuesday's trip to take on Carlisle United.

Central defender Emmanuel Onariase returns to the squad following a month out with a groin problem, while fellow centre-back George Taft is ahead of schedule with his recovery from an ankle injury but probably won't be available for a couple of weeks.

Their fellow defender Harrison McGahey (thigh) is back running on the training ground and should return to full training at the end of next week, while attacker Jordan Hallam has undergone an injection on the hamstring injury he suffered against Oldham Athletic and will be assessed again in a couple of weeks.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) is set to miss the rest of the season, while midfielder George Hornshaw and goalkeeper Adam Kelsey are both expected to be out for the remainder of the campaign too following ankle surgery.


The reverse fixture was the Iron's first away game of the league season, with Tom Nichols' 15th minute strike earning the home side all three points.

United are yet to win a fixture against the Red Devils since April 2015, and haven't won at the People's Pension Stadium in their history - only taking a point in three league visits.

The last league meeting, however, was the first time Scunthorpe had failed to score since the first meeting in 2012, with the Iron getting more favourable results on home soil against them. Indeed, they've not lost, with two wins and a draw in the three games at the Sands Venue Stadium in the past.

2020-21 - Sat Sep 19 LG 2 Crawley 1-0 Iron  
2019-20 - Sat Feb 1 LG 2 Crawley 3-1 Iron Van Veen
2019-20 - Sat Nov 9 FAC R1 Crawley 4-1 Iron Colclough
2019-20 - Sat Aug 17 LG 2 Iron 2-2 Crawley McArdle, Lund
2014-15 - Sat Apr 11 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Crawley Dickson (og), Madden
2014-15 - Sat Nov 22 LG 1 Crawley 2-2 Iron Madden, Taylor
2012-13 - Sat Feb 9 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Crawley Ryan, Canavan
2012-13 - Sat Aug 18 LG 1 Crawley 3-0 Iron  
LEAGUE 2 2 2
FA CUP 0 0 1
TOTAL 2 2 3


Friday, April 2nd
Bolton Wanderers v Colchester United (1pm)
Barrow v Newport County (3pm)
Bradford City v Forest Green Rovers (3pm)
Cambridge United v Morecambe (3pm)
Cheltenham Town v Tranmere Rovers (3pm)
Mansfield Town v Leyton Orient (3pm)
Oldham Athletic v Stevenage (3pm)
Port Vale v Exeter City (3pm)
Salford City v Grimsby Town (3pm)
Walsall v Harrogate Town (3pm)

Saturday, April 3rd
Southend United v Carlisle United (1pm)

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Report: Iron 0-0 Crawley Town

2 April 2021

United drew 0-0 for the first time this season, as they were held by Crawley Town on Good Friday.

The Iron entered the match making three changes from the team that defeated Bradford City 10 days ago. Emmanuel Onariase came in for Jordan Clarke, with Alfie Beestin replacing Lewis Spence, while Mason O'Malley was in for Junior Brown.

The third minute saw Abo Eisa just about keep the ball in on the far side touchline before rolling it beyond two Crawley players and winning a free-kick. From the set-piece, Alex Gilliead sent the ball towards the far post, and it was kept in the danger area following a header from Onariase. Jacob Bedeau challenged with the ‘keeper for the second ball and was penalised as Glenn Morris hit the deck.

Just a minute later, Ryan Loft’s first touch down the right put him in space before he pinged a neat ball across to Devarn Green. He looked to take the ball inside the area, but it was cleared for an Iron throw.

With six played, Crawley's James Tilley found some space down the left to hang up a cross, which Mark Howard claimed before sending the ball forward with Eisa and Green looking to make a nuisance of themselves. However, the visitors managed to get it clear.

With 10 minutes gone, Teddy Howe took down Beestin’s ball and was fouled, but the referee played advantage as the ball was fed into Loft. His shot was blocked for a corner, with O'Malley's first set-play from the right cleared for another before the second was shepherded out of the area by the away team.

Two minutes later, Jordan Maguire-Drew headed over for the visitors at the far post after the Iron got bodies in the way to prevent an earlier shot.

Then, at the other end, Loft, Green and Eisa all interchanged, but when Eisa fed the ball back into Loft’s path, the forward couldn't keep his footing and the ball went through to Morris.

Soon after, Loft read a back-header towards the away goalkeeper Morris and almost nipped in ahead of the Crawley shotstopper.

With 20 minutes played, Howard gathered a free-kick from Maguire-Drew before quickly sending Green forward on the counter-attack. The visitors defended his threat on the left well to stop him progressing towards goal.

The 22nd minute saw a good move from the Iron which started with Howe and Gilliead before Beestin fed into Eisa. He and Loft combined, but the give-and-go was intercepted.

Just a minute later, Howe was fed into space down the right with his low cross into the box turned behind for a corner. Onariase won the header at the far post, but Josh Wright stopped the effort from going towards goal before clearing for a throw.

Onariase came across to clear for a Crawley corner in the 24th minute, which was cleated at the near post by O’Malley before Karacan blocked a shot. Maguire-Drew then half-volleyed over from the edge of the box.

There was a corner to the Iron in the 27th minute as Morris smashed a clearance off his own defender and out of play following a forward pass looking for Green. O’Malley’s corner searched for Bedeau’s run at the near post, but the visitors hooked the ball away.

The 34th minute saw superb work from Gilliead as he first turned in between two Crawley players before receiving the ball back from Loft. His left-footed shot on the edge of the area was blocked though.

Just a minute later, Crawley had the ball in the net from the following corner, but a flicked-on header was penalised as Beestin came crashing to the floor.

With 39 minutes gone, Gilliead worked the ball to Eisa on the left before he got towards the goal line. His cross was turned behind for a corner. Then, Bedeau’s header from Gilliead’s corner was blocked on the line before Loft’s powerful follow-up was also diverted away from goal by a Crawley body. It proved the last moment of note in the first period.

The Iron broke quickly following a shot which was blocked by Onariase, two minutes into the second period. Eisa rode three challenges before being dispossessed. No foul was given either.

On 51 minutes, Jack Powell attempted to drag Eisa back, but the Iron attacker was too quick. Advantage was played and the Iron soon had a free-kick on the right channel. O’Malley’s set-piece was whipped to the far post towards Onariase, but he couldn't angle his header on target.

Four minutes later, Howard’s kick was flicked into Gilliead’s path by Loft. Gilliead’s shot was blocked before Loft’s went wide for a corner following a deflection.

Crawley looked to up the pressure and Howard came through bodies to punch clear a free-kick into the area in the 68th minute.

There was a double Scunthorpe change in the 69th minute as Beestin and Jem Karacan were replaced by John McAtee and Spence.

Straight after, Loft brought the ball to the edge of the box and looked to angle a shot across goal, but the effort was blocked by a defender.

Then, Green was fed down the right and put in an inviting low cross towards Loft, who had to chase the ball to the left channel. He looked to work with Eisa, but in the end it resulted in a goal kick.

In the 73rd minute, Powell blazed a long range effort wide of the target for Crawley after the Iron initially blocked a shot inside the box.

Scunthorpe then broke away with Green floating a cross into Eisa, but it was headed behind for a corner just in front of him. Gilliead’s corner searched for Onariase at the far post, but his header went off-target.

Howard then beat away an effort across goal from Powell from the right side.

The 86th minute saw a quick break from the Iron as Eisa skipped beyond a number of bodies coming in for the tackle. He looked to slip in Loft, but the pass was too heavy for his run.

With just minutes remaining, Olufela Olomola came on for Loft as United looked to get some fresh legs into the attack.

Three were three minutes of added time given but neither side could break the deadlock, with the closest any came happening in the first of those minutes, as Howard produced a one-handed save to beat away an effort from the left side of the area.

United return to action on Tuesday night when they visit Carlisle United (6.30pm kick-off).

IRON: Howard, Bedeau, Onariase, Gilliead, Loft (Olomola, 87), Eisa, Green, Beestin (McAtee, 69), Karacan (Spence, 69), Howe, O'Malley.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Hippolyte, Rowe, Jessop.

CRAWLEY: Morris, Francomb, McNerney, Craig, Tsaroulla, J Wright, Powell, Hessenthaler, Tilley, Maguire-Drew (Matthews, 65), Nichols.

CRAWLEY SUBS NOT USED: Nelson, Tunnicliffe, Davies, Sesay, Allarakhia.

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