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Preview: Walsall (H)

23 April 2021

The Iron will be hoping to record a first win in a month when Walsall visit the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off), and do the double over their opponents for this season.

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24 April 2021


Following a trio of away losses, Neil Cox's side have four matches left for this season and will be looking to conclude the campaign in a positive manner.

Presently sitting 20th in the table, a victory over the Saddlers would see us climb a place to 19th.


Jordan Clarke looks set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury picked up at Forest Green last weekend, which forced him to withdraw after 20 minutes.

Harrison McGahey returned to the starting XI at Forest Green and missed out at Mansfield through a quad issue, but has returned to training ahead of this weekend.

Jacob Bedeau missed Tuesday's match due to concussion and will be looked at prior to Saturday, while Jai Rowe will have a knee issue assessed ahead of the match.

Goalkeeper Mark Howard remains out with a thigh injury, while left-back Junior Brown is out with a hamstring injury that forced him off against Bradford City and attacker Jordan Hallam is out with the hamstring problem which he suffered against Oldham Athletic in March. Elsewhere, Olufela Olomola's season looks to be over after he suffered a medial ligament injury.

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.


Walsall's last win came last Tuesday night when they defeated promotion-chasing Tranmere Rovers 1-0 at home through a Emmanuel Osadebe strike. That followed up a 2-1 victory over high-flying Forest Green Rovers the previous Saturday.

Since then, they lost 2-1 at Colchester United and then 2-0 at home to Salford City.

Elijah Adebayo was top scorer with ten goals before his move to Luton Town during the last transfer window. Caolan Lavery follows with seven to his name.

Liam Kinsella tops the appearances table with 39 league starts to his name, while former Iron loanee Frank Vincent has made three starts and five substitute appearances since signing on loan from Bournemouth in January.


United were 2-1 winners away at Walsall's Banks's Stadium on December 29th, with Myles Hippolyte and Alex Gilliead scoring the goals, while Mark Howard also saved a penalty.

We met the Saddlers twice last season, and lost on both occasions (2-0 on Boxing Day at the Sands Venue Stadium and 1-0 away).

2020-21 - Tue 29 Dec LG 2 Walsall 1-2 Iron Hippolyte, Gilliead
2019-20 - Thu 26 Dec LG 2 Iron 0-2 Walsall  
2019-20 - Sat 21 Sep LG 2 Walsall 1-0 Iron  
2018-19 - Sat 12 Jan LG 1 Walsall 1-2 Iron 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 25  11  8 6 36  24 
Away 25  7 10  36  38 
TOTAL 50 18  18  15  72  62 


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Match Reports

Report: Iron 0-2 Walsall

24 April 2021

United were beaten 2-0 at home by Walsall on Saturday afternoon.

The Iron entered the match making three changes, as Mark Howard, Kevin van Veen and Lewis Spence came in for Rory Watson, Abo Eisa and Jem Karacan.

There was a positiver start from the Iron, who pressed around the Saddlers area, with Jai Rowe then winning a couple of attacking free-kicks before the Iron won their first corner.

George Taft and Ryan Loft both won the headers from the resultant corner before Beestin looked to chest the ball down. He ended up on the deck before the ball went to Taft with his goal bound shot blocked.

Soon after, the visitors broke and Emmanuel Osadebe flashed a low effort wide of goal from outside the area.

The Saddlers took the lead five minutes later though as Osadebe converted a right-wing cross by Hayden White at the back post.

Not long after, match referee James Adcock was replaced by fourth official Ben Toner through injury.

The away side then doubled their advantage through Josh Gordon, who stabbed in a second from close range.

With 25 minutes gone, Loft sent an effort over the bar after chesting the ball onto his left foot from the edge of the area.

Soon after, van Veen floated in a free-kick to Loft, who peeled away and drew Jack Rose into a fine one-handed stop to push the ball over the bar. The flag was also up for offside, however.

On 39 minutes, Loft slotted van Veen in on goal, with the Dutchman drawing Rose into a good stop, before the offside flag was again belatedly raised.

Howard found Mason O’Malley on the left in the 44th minute, who then fed forward for Alex Gilliead. Van Veen’s delivery saw Beestin and Loft coming in at the back post but the offside flag went up.

In the second minute of stoppage time, Jai Rowe floated in a free-kick from half-way, Onariase broke the offside trap and challenged with Rose for the ball. The goalkeeper gathered at the second attempt though.

At the start of the second period, Howard got his fingertips onto a low long range effort to push the ball around the post for a corner to the Saddlers. The resultant kick was overhit and out for a goal kick.

In the 52nd minute, Taft diverted Tyriek Wright’s goal bound effort around the post after he struck from the edge of the area with his left foot.

Scunthorpe made their first change in the 56th minute when Gilliead was replaced by John McAtee.

It was a second half of few opportunities and, in the 74th minute, Green got in behind on the right side to put in a low cross, which was turned behind for a corner. From the resulting set-piece by O'Malley, Rowe battled to head the ball but sent it over the crossbar.

Afterwards, Karacan came on for Alfie Beestin, while Teddy Howe replaced Rowe, who had received treatment after a clash of heads from that chance.

Walsall's Wright then latched onto a square ball into the area and drew Howard into a save.

With 83 minutes gone, substitute Howe got to the ball inside the box but could only roll his left-footed effort wide of the post.

Towards the end, Howard saved well as Walsall's Scarr looked to power in from close range after a right-wing corner.

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

IRON: Howard, Taft, Onariase, Gilliead (McAtee, 56), Loft, van Veen, Green, Spence, Beestin (Karacan, 77), Rowe (Howe, 77), O'Malley.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Bedeau, Eisa, Jessop.

WALSALL: Rose, White, Scarr (Leak, 90), Melbourne, Clarke, McDonald, Kinsella (Bates, 90), Osadebe (Willis, 90), Wright, Gordon (Lavery, 68), Perry.

WALSALL SUBS NOT USED: Roberts, Norman, Nolan.

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