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Preview: Harrogate Town (H)

19 February 2021

After over three weeks without being able to add to the nine points haul gained in the space of six days at the end of January, the Iron are looking forward to finally being able to return to action against Harrogate Town this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

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20 February 2021

SCENE-SETTER...

Scunthorpe enter the match bidding to win their fourth match in succession, and if they do so, it should propel them away from their present position of 20th.

There are 20 games remaining and they will come thick and fast over the coming weeks as Neil Cox's side look to build on the momentum of victories over Grimsby Town (3-0), Port Vale (2-0) and Colchester United (1-0) at the end of last month.

The home game against Oldham Athletic on Saturday, February 6th was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, while the encounter against Bradford City at the Sands Venue Stadium three days later was abandoned after half an hour due to heavy snow and player safety concerns. Then, last weekend's away fixture at Morecambe was postponed due to a frozen pitch at the Mazuma Stadium.

TEAM NEWS...

Midfielder Jem Karacan has trained fully and will be assessed after recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the win at Colchester.

Defender Harrison McGahey (hamstring) will miss out though, but is set to return to full training on Saturday morning.

Elsewhere, striker Kevin van Veen has had another full week of training after returning to the substitutes' bench for the abandoned game against Bradford City last week.

Right-back Jordan Clarke is back in full training ahead of schedule following a thigh injury and will also be looked at prior to the game.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) continues to be missing for around a month, while fellow forward Olufela Olomola is back training following a knee injury sustained after coming off the bench against Bolton Wanderers in November, but Cox says he needs to play in a couple of Under-23s matches to get match fitness up first.

Midfielder George Hornshaw, who has played at right-back this season, has suffered an ankle injury in training and is waiting to hear the full extent.

THE OPPOSITION...

Harrogate sit 13th in the table heading into this weekend, and were 1-0 winners in a home fixture against promotion hopefuls Carlisle United on Tuesday night.

They've picked up some decent results this season, including a 2-1 home success against another team looking to go up in Newport County last month.

Their last away win came at Crawley Town earlier this month, when they emerged 3-1 victors.

Top scorer for them is former Iron trainee Jack Muldoon, who has 11 goals to his name. He's also set up another four. After leaving us, he subsequently represented Brigg Town, Sheffield, Glapwell, Alfreton Town, Stocksbridge Park Steels, North Ferriby United and Worksop Town. With the latter he scored 21 league goals during the campaign, attracting interest from Football League clubs. He went on to play for Rochdale, shine at Lincoln City and continue his progression with AFC Fylde and Harrogate.

Aaron Martin is another threat with five strikes and six assists, while midfielder George Thomson tops their appearance charts, closely followed by defender Connor Hall.

PAST MEETINGS...

In our only ever past meeting, the Iron claimed a comfortable 5-2 League Two victory at Harrogate Town in December to match their best run of consecutive away league wins since 1997.

Abo Eisa netted a brace after claiming an assist for Emmanuel Onariase’s opening goal for the visitors, which was cancelled out by Jack Muldoon’s strike for the hosts.

Striker Ryan Loft and substitute Aaron Jarvis also went on to score as Neil Cox’s men wrapped up a third-straight victory on the road despite Connor Hall’s stoppage-time reply.

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO...

Barrow v Morecambe
Cheltenham Town v Bradford City
Crawley Town v Colchester United
Exeter City v Grimsby Town
Leyton Orient v Port Vale
Mansfield Town v Cambridge United
Newport County v Forest Green Rovers
Salford City v Carlisle United
Southend United v Bolton Wanderers
Stevenage v Walsall
Tranmere Rovers v Oldham Athletic

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Match Reports

Report: Iron 3-1 Harrogate Town

20 February 2021

The Iron made it four league wins in a row for the first time since January 2019, as they defeated Harrogate Town 3-1 at the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday.

Devarn Green opened the scoring from close range with the first opportunity of the game, but the visitors levelled through a Josh March penalty shortly after a disallowed Ryan Loft effort.

However, the Iron striker got his goal just before the half-time break, and then substitute Lewis Spence sealed it with a brilliant goal from 35 yards in the 90th minute.

United went into the game making two changes from the side that started in the abandoned encounter against Bradford City a week-and-a-half earlier as Jordan Clarke and Jem Karacan came in for Jai Rowe and Spence.

Scunthorpe took the lead on four minutes with the first chance of the game, as Loft’s first touch took him into acres of space on the right of the area. He put a ball across to Green, who controlled and then converted from eight yards out for his second goal of the season.

The visitors looked to respond to the early goal with Emmanuel Onariase hooking away a long ball searching for Aaron Martin. United also dealt with a couple of aerial duels soon after.

With ten minutes played, Junior Brown did well to cushion a header back to Mark Howard as the bounce over the top and the onrushing attacker posed a threat.

Not long after, Abo Eisa surged forward following a cross field ball by Alfie Beestin but the visitors did well to win the ball on the edge of the area and mount an attack of their own with Onariase coming in with a superb sliding challenge.

Harrogate won a free-kick on the left and Brown cleared as Simon Power got the ball on the edge of the box, with Josh March winning a corner soon after with Green and Brown both over on the far side blocking his cross. The corner then came in for Aaron Martin, who headed wide.

With 21 minutes gone, the visitors looked to get some joy down the right side, but Brown again came across to concede a corner. This time the ball came in and was headed away by Green.

After 25 minutes, there was a disallowed goal for the Iron as Loft coverted a left-sided cross from Eisa from close range, but the assistant had his flag up for offside.

Just a minute later, the away side were level though as Josh March scored from the penalty spot after he was adjudged to have been brought down on the right side of the area by George Taft.

On 32 minutes, Green needed treatment from the medical staff after falling awkwardly while trying to tackle Martin, but was able to carry on.

Eight minutes later, the next chance of the game came the way of Josh McPake, who saw his shot deflected wide on the edge of the area for a corner, but nothing came from the set-play. During that corner, Onariase and Martin both clashed heads going for the ball, so play was halted with both being treated before they continued.

With 43 minutes gone, Gilliead surged forward down the right but his cross was blocked before Eisa was crowded out on the edge of the box.

In the third minute of first half stoppage time, Loft surged through on goal following Beestin’s through ball before slotting the ball beyond James Belshaw to give the Iron the lead once more.

The 48th minute saw a corner to the visitors on the left as they tried to battle through into the area. Howard punched clear with Eisa looking to send Beestin down the right on the counter attack.

Four minutes later, Gilliead battled his way out with the ball with play then spread left with Green and Brown. The two combined before Belshaw came out to gather the ball.

With 57 minutes gone, Eisa surged through and looked to have played Green in on the left but for a trailing leg from the defender to send the ball out for a throw.

Just before the hour mark, van Veen came on for his first football since November 21st, and replaced Green.

Soon after, the Dutchman seized on a loose ball down the left and beat his man before looking to thread Eisa into the box, but Belshaw was out to gather.

On the 64 minute mark, Onariase recovered well to make a good slide challenge on March inside the penalty area as Harrogate came forward.

Three minutes later, Beestin’s ball met the run of van Veen down the left, with the Dutchman bringing the ball forward and winning a corner. From it, Taft was claiming he was being held, as the ball was put into the box by van Veen, but the referee signalled for a goal kick.

Not long after, there was a quick break from the Iron from a Harrogate corner as van Veen won the ball back and found Eisa. His low cross was collected by Belshaw though.

With 78 minutes played, Onariase and Karacan were replaced by Jacob Bedeau and Spence, while six minutes later Loft came off to be replaced by Jordan Hallam.

In between those changes, van Veen tried to force his way through on the left after Beestin fed him possession, but he ran into Warren Burrell and the ball went out of play.

With a minute left, Beestin showed great control on the edge of the area to play in Eisa, who fired a low goal-bound shot which was blocked away for a throw-in.

A corner was then won on the left, which Eisa and van Veen took short. The latter brought the ball more central and played it to Spence, 35 yards from goal, who unleashed a drive from the edge of the area which went into the top corner. It was his first goal for the club and sealed the victory.

Scunthorpe return to action on Tuesday night when they make the trip to take on Bolton Wanderers (7pm kick-off).

IRON: Howard, Clarke, Taft, Onariase (Bedeau, 78), Gilliead, Loft (Hallam, 84), Eisa, Brown, Green (van Veen, 59), Beestin, Karacan (Spence, 78).

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Rowe, O'Malley.

HARROGATE: Belshaw, Falkingham, Smith, Burrell, Thomson, Martin (Beck, 70), Hall, Francis, March, McPake, Power (Muldoon, 87).

HARROGATE SUBS NOT USED: Lawlor, Kiernan, Kerry, Minter.

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