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Preview: Leyton Orient (H)

4 December 2020

The Iron play the first of four home games this month when Leyton Orient visit on Saturday (1pm kick-off).

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4 December 2020


Tuesday night's 5-2 away victory at Harrogate Town made it three wins in succession on the road, and the focus for Neil Cox's side is to now transfer that form to the Sands Venue Stadium.

Without a win on home turf since the 1-0 success over Carlisle United in late September, Cox will be hoping to start a busy month on home turf in the right manner.

The midweek victory took United up to 19th in the division and with the matches coming thick and fast this December, there's a real chance to climb the table if Scunthorpe can get a run of form together.


We take on a confident O's side, who have won their last three matches and sit sixth in the table under the management of Ross Embleton.

Last weekend saw a 3-2 away win at Port Vale, with top scorer Danny Johnson (he has 12 goals to his name), Conor Wilkinson and James Brophy getting the goals.

Prior to that, they had won their last two home matches. Dan Happe finished from close range to hand them victory over Bradford City last Tuesday night, while a hat-trick from Johnson gave them a comprehensive 3-0 home win over Harrogate Town a fortnight ago.

Recent squad additions include West Ham centre-back Olatunji Akinola, who joined on loan until the end of the season, in October.

Topping the appearance tables at the time of writing were midfielders James Brophy and Ousseynou Cisse, and goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux - all with 15 apiece.


The Iron are set to be without defender Junior Brown for four-to-five weeks as he recovers from a torn thigh muscle.

He missed out on the midweek win at Harrogate Town, with Mason O'Malley coming back into the side.

Kevin van Veen will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the game as he stepped up training towards the end of the week, but manager Neil Cox stated he won't be risked if he's not fully fit.

Elsewhere, Jake Taylor returned to the squad in midweek following his two-week period of isolation and came off the bench with 15 minutes to go, Harry Jessop will miss two months of action with a shoulder injury and Frank Vincent remains at parent club Bournemouth as he recovers from his long-term lay-off.


United last faced the O's in November 2019, with Alex Gilliead and Lee Novak scoring spectacular goals in a 2-0 win at the Matchroom Stadium.

This fixture dates back to over 60 years ago, where the two sides met for the first time on September 13th, 1958, with the match finishing 2-1 to Orient. 

However, it’s the Iron who edge the head-to-head record, having won 21 of the 56 match-ups between them. Across the 56, Orient have emerged winners 16 times, with 20 of the clashes ending in a draw. 

2019-20 - Sat Nov 16 LG 2 Orient 0-2 Iron Gilliead, Novak
2015-16 - Tue Dec 15 FACR2 R Iron 3-0 Orient Mvoto og, King, Adelakun
2015-16 - Sat Dec 5 FACR2 Orient 0-0 Iron  
2014-15 - Sat Jan 31 LG 1 Orient 1-4 Iron O'Neil, McSheffrey, Hopper 2
2014-15 - Sat Sep 20 LG 1 Iron 1-2 Orient Sparrow
2012-13 - Fri Mar 29 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Orient Sodje, Canavan
2012-13 - Sat Dec 15 LG 1 Orient 1-3 Iron Ribeiro, Hawley, Mozika
2011-12 - Sat Feb 18 LG 1 Orient 1-3 Iron Walker, Barcham, Parkin
2011-12 - Sat Oct 8 LG 1 Iron 2-3 Orient Barcham 2
2008-09 - Sat Jan 24 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Orient Hayes, Thompson
2008-09 - Sat Oct 4 LG 1 Orient 2-2 Iron Iriekpen, Hayes
2006-07 - Sat Mar 24 LG 1 Orient 2-2 Iron MacKenzie, Sharp
2006-07 - Sat Oct 28 LG 1 Iron 3-1 Orient Sharp 2, Sparrow
2004-05 - Sat Feb 19 LG 2 Iron 1-0 Orient Keogh
2004-05 - Sat Oct 30 LG 2 Orient 1-1 Iron Torpey
2003-04 - Sat Mar 27 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Orient Sparrow
2003-04 - Sat Sep 20 DIV 3 Orient 1-1 Iron Kell
2002-03 - Sat Jan 11 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Orient Sparrow, Kilford
2002-03 - Sat Aug 17 DIV 3 Orient 2-0 Iron  
2001-02 - Mon Apr 1 DIV 3 Orient 0-0 Iron  
2001-02 - Sat Nov 3 DIV 3 Iron 4-1 Orient Torpey 2, Hodges, Beagrie
2000-01 - Tue Feb 20 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Orient Hodges
2000-01 - Tue Sep 12 DIV 3 Orient 1-1 Iron Hodges
1998-99 - Sat May 29 DIV 3 PO F Iron 1-0 Orient Garcia
1998-99 - Sat Mar 20 DIV 3 Iron 2-0 Orient Garcia, Forrester
1998-99 - Sat Oct 31 DIV 3 Orient 1-0 Iron  
1997-98 - Tue Apr 21 DIV 3 Orient 1-0 Iron  
1997-98 - Sat Aug 16 DIV 3 Iron 1-0 Orient Forrester
1996-97 - Sat Mar 29 DIV 3 Iron 1-2 Orient Forrester
1996-97 - Sat Aug 17 DIV 3 Orient 0-1 Iron Clarkson
1995-96 - Mon Apr 8 DIV 3 Orient 0-0 Iron  
1995-96 - Sat Oct 21 DIV 3 Iron 2-0 Orient Hope, Paterson
1988-89 - Sat May 13 DIV 4 Orient 4-1 Iron Taylor
1988-89 - Sat Nov 12 DIV 4 Iron 2-2 Orient Daws 2
1987-88 - Sat Feb 13 DIV 4 Iron 3-2 Orient Harle 2, Shearer
1987-88 - Mon Dec 28 DIV 4 Orient 1-1 Iron Harle
1986-87 - Tue Feb 10 DIV 4 Iron 0-2 Orient  
1986-87 - Sat Sep 13 DIV 4 Orient 3-1 Iron Birch
1985-86 - Sat Mar 8 DIV 4 Iron 2-2 Orient Whitehead, Cammack
1985-86 - Sat Oct 5 DIV 4 Orient 3-0 Iron  
1983-84 - Tue May 1 DIV 3 Iron 3-1 Orient Graham 2, Parkinson
1983-84 - Fri Sep 9 DIV 3 Orient 1-0 Iron  
1967-68 - Sat Mar 16 DIV 3 Orient 2-1 Iron Heath
1967-68 - Sat Oct 21 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Orient Foxon
1966-67 - Fri Dec 30 DIV 3 Iron 2-2 Orient Sloan, Barton
1966-67 - Sat Aug 27 DIV 3 Orient 3-1 Iron Ash
1963-64 - Sat Mar 14 DIV 2 Orient 2-2 Iron Wilson, Mason
1963-64 - Tue Oct 1 DIV 2 Iron 0-0 Orient  
1961-62 - Sat Apr 14 DIV 2 Orient 0-1 Iron  
1961-62 - Fri Nov 24 DIV 2 Iron 0-2 Orient  
1960-61 - Sat Dec 31 DIV 2 Orient 2-1 Iron Bonson
1960-61 - Sat Aug 27 DIV 2 Iron 2-2 Orient Thomas 2
1959-60 - Sat Apr 16 DIV 2 Iron 2-1 Orient Bakes, Brownsword
1959-60 - Sat Dec 12 DIV 2 Orient 1-1 Iron Haigh
1958-59 - Sat Jan 31 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Orient Harburn, Waldock
1958-59 - Sat Sep 13 DIV 2 Orient 2-1 Iron Waldock
League 19 18 16
Total 20 19 16



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Report: Iron 2-0 Leyton Orient

5 December 2020

Scunthorpe United ran out as 2-0 winners against play-off chasing Leyton Orient in their Sky Bet League 2 clash at the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday.

The result completed back-to-back victories for the Iron and also constituted their first home win since September. It was sealed by a fine first-half header from Ryan Loft and a second-half strike from Alfie Beestin (his first goal for the club), both of which followed an early penalty save by goalkeeper Mark Howard.

United entered the match brimming with confidence following Tuesday night’s convincing 5-2 victory away at Harrogate Town, and somewhat unsurprisingly named an unchanged lineup.

That meant Mark Howard starting between the sticks, with a defensive line of captain Jordan Clarke, Harrison McGahey, Emmanuel Onariase and Mason O’Malley.

Alex Gilliead, Lewis Spence, Alfie Beestin and Abo Eisa were deployed in midfield with John McAtee and Ryan Loft up in attack.

In the chilly conditions, the visitors were quickly out of the blocks. They won a couple of very early corners, which Alfie Beestin played an integral part in ushering clear. United then broke, with Gilliead shooting just over from the edge of the box.

Five minutes in, United nearly found themselves a goal behind when Orient were awarded a penalty. Ryan Loft was adjudged to have handled an Orient cross, only for in-form Danny Johnson to step-up and see his effort well-saved by the legs of goalkeeper Mark Howard.

Howard’s stock increased further a few moments later when Conor Wilkinson tried his luck from the edge of the box. Yet the experienced stopper was equal to it – tipping the effort just over the bar before United dealt with the resulting corner.

After a quarter of an hour, it would be fair to assess that Scunthorpe didn’t have as much of a foothold in the game as they might have desired. Leyton Orient came again, this time with Ousseynou Cisse. He took charge of a bobbling loose ball outside the area – seeing his deflected half-volley ultimately roll against the post.

More promisingly, a United attack soon followed. After drawing a corner, Alex Gilliead nearly broke the deadlock, connecting with Abo Eisa’s cross and glancing an effort at goal which goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux had to react quickly to push wide.

However, Orient were back looking dangerous in the twentieth minute when Jobi McAnuff flashed an effort wide from eighteen-yards. James Brophy had made progress down the wing and attempted to roll a cross into the box, and when a deflection took it McAnuff’s way he probably should have scored.

This sort of indecisiveness from Orient in the opening minutes was to come back and haunt them - twenty-seven minutes had gone when Scunthorpe managed to edge into the lead. Mason O’Malley was the creator, latching on to the ball on the left-wing before sending in a beautifully weighted cross which Ryan Loft was on-hand to nod into the near top-corner – his second goal in as many games.

Following the strike, Scunthorpe grew in confidence as they managed to see more of the ball and to dictate more of the play. Notably, five minutes after scoring, Alfie Beestin managed to creep into the area and nudge the ball across the six-yard box, but a couple of loose Orient legs managed to shunt clear.

That said, before the break, there was time for one more piece of accomplished goalkeeping by Mark Howard. The away side’s Conor Wilkinson managed to pop up at the back-stick to get on the end of deep cross into the box, re-directing the ball menacingly back across goal in search of a free white-shirted player. Not wanting to take any chances, Howard threw himself into its path and got enough of a hand to it to nullify the danger.

Soon afterwards, referee Ross Joyce blew his whistle to signal the end of the half with United a goal to the good and contented with a first-half performance which grew in stature as it progressed.

The second half commenced with United searching for a second goal. In their first serious attack - after two minutes of the period - Ryan Loft managed to cushion the ball into the path of John McAtee. However, he had more time than he realised and sent a rising effort over the bar.

Orient then had two chances with around fifty minutes on the clock. First, Louis Dennis held his ground in the box to take down a looping ball, turn and spin a shot inches wide of the far-post. Then, Jordan Clarke scraped the crossbar with a defensive header following a right-wing cross by the Londoners.

Widdowson and Dennis then combined just before the hour mark. The O’s left-back made space for himself on the wing and picked out his teammate with a searching cross. But rather than heading first-time, Dennis tried to bring the ball down and bicycle kick it – which gave United’s defence enough time to surround him. That was his last meaningful input, with Craig Clay replacing him moments later.

Despite these Orient chances, Scunthorpe were still seeing plenty of the ball – they were just struggling to get the final pass into the box. Yet that all changed in the 63rd minute, when Abo Eisa slalomed into the area and teed-up John McAtee, who was slightly off balance when he pulled the trigger. This gave Vigouroux a fighting chance to produce the excellent stop which he managed.

With around twenty minutes to go, Orient won a free-kick which was then cleared for a corner. Brophy attempted to send it into the path of Wilkinson, but the Iron defence maintained their concentration to see the ball clear. Widdowson and Wilkinson were then withdrawn, with Lee Angol and Ruel Sotiriou brought on for the visitors.

The Orient pair were involved immediately: the former feeding the latter who rolled a shot towards the far-corner which Howard was (again) equal to. This time, he scrambled across his line to claw the ball away from goal. Straight after, goalscorer Loft and his attack partner McAtee were withdrawn by boss Neil Cox, with Aaron Jarvis and Jake Taylor brought on in their places.

By around the 77th minute, things could have started to feel a little nervous inside the Sands Venue Stadium. United had held their ground diligently, but with only a one-goal advantage, an onslaught from the away side seemed inevitable. That was until Alfie Beestin had his say – stepping around his man outside the box before firing a low shot straight into the bottom corner. It was his first Iron goal, and essentially quashed any potential rebellion from the O’s.

For the final ten minutes, Devarn Green was introduced to the match in place of Abo Eisa. But in this time, very little of note took place. There was some huffing, puffing and frustrating from Orient, yet United maintained their composure, remained solid and kept the clean sheet. 2-0 it finished.

IRON: Howard, Clarke, McGahey, Onariase, Gilliead, Loft (Jarvis, 72), Eisa (Green, 81), Spence, Beestin, O’Malley, McAtee (Taylor, 72).

IRON SUBS: Watson, Bedeau, Hallam, Rowe.

ORIENT: Vigouroux, Ling, Widdowson (Angol, 70), Cisse, Happe, Coulson, McAnuff, Wilkinson (Sotiriou, 70), Brophy, Dennis (Clay, 58), Johnson.

ORIENT SUBS: Sargeant, Dayton, Akinola, Kyprianou.

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