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Preview: Stevenage (A)

1 January 2021

The Iron will be looking to build on the midweek win at Walsall with another three points at Stevenage in their first game of 2021 on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

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25 December 2020

SCENE-SETTER...

Goals from Myles Hippolyte and Alex Gilliead capped an impressive performance at the Banks's Stadium for a Scunthorpe side that had undergone five changes from Boxing Day.

It was a first win in three matches and provided a much-needed boost to the squad following defeats to Grimsby Town and Mansfield Town.

They will be hoping to start the new year in the best possible way with a victory against Alex Revell's side, who sit six points below us in the table.

We sit 19th and could potentially climb up to 15th with victory, while the hosts are 23rd and will be looking to close the gap.

THE OPPOSITION...

Stevenage claimed a first win in five League Two games by beating Cambridge 1-0 at the Lamex Stadium on Tuesday night, thanks to Charlie Carter's first-half effort.

On Boxing Day they picked up another good result, drawing 1-1 at Cheltenham Town, with substitute Jack Aitchison's late goal helping secure a point.

They had previously had two games postponed due to Covid-19.

Goalkeeping Jamie Cumming tops their appearance charts with 19 league starts to his name, while forward Aramide Oteh, on loan from QPR, is top scorer with three goals.

TEAM NEWS...

Ryan Loft is rated at '50/50' ahead of the match after coming off at half-time on Tuesday night with a hip injury following a collision with the Walsall goalkeeper.

Myles Hippolyte has an ankle injury from the midweek win and has been ruled out for this weekend's game.

Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) and Jordan Hallam (thigh) both went for scans on Thursday and the club will know how long they're expected to be out for later in the week.

Kenan Dünnwald-Turan missed the Under-23s' game against Huddersfield Town with a sore foot as a precaution but could be in contention for a place in the squad this weekend.

Emmanuel Onariase faces around a further two to three weeks out with an ankle injury sustained last weekend against Mansfield Town.

Harrison McGahey (hamstring) is still missing, and is expected to be back available in late January, while Junior Brown (thigh) is ahead of schedule and back on the training pitch, and may be back in the squad.

Kevin van Veen recently returned to the Netherlands for a short break as he recovers from an injection on the hamstring injury which will keep him out for around 10 weeks, while Frank Vincent (thigh) and Fin Shrimpton (ankle) are on the sidelines.

Olufela Olomola faces around two months on the sidelines following a knee injury sustained after coming off the bench against Bolton Wanderers in November.

PAST MEETINGS...

We met them at the Sands Venue Stadium last season, playing out a goal-less stalemate.

Prior to that, the Iron had won twice, drawn once and lost once against the Boro.

SEASON - DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2019-20 - Sat Nov 2 LG 2 Iron 0-0 Stevenage  
2012-13 - Tue Feb 26 LG 1 Iron 1-0 Stevenage Duffy
2012-13 - Sat Oct 6 LG 1 Stevenage 1-0 Iron  
2011-12 - Sat Jan 21 LG 1 Iron 1-1 Stevenage Thompson
2011-12 - Sat Oct 1 LG 1 Stevenage 1-2 Iron Nolan, O'Connor
  SCUNTHORPE WINS DRAWS STEVENAGE WINS
LEAGUE 2 2 1
TOTAL 2 2 1

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO...

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

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Match Reports

Report: Stevenage 3-1 Iron

2 January 2021

The Iron suffered a 3-1 defeat at Stevenage on Saturday.

Devarn Green opened the scoring in the fifth minute with his first goal for the club, but Stevenage soon turned the score on it's head through a brace from Charlie Carter. Aramide Oteh then added a killer third goal in second half added time.

The Iron made one change going into the game, with Abo Eisa replacing the injured Myles Hippolyte in the starting eleven.

With two minutes played, Jacob Bedeau and Jake Taylor dealt with a left-sided free-kick into the penalty area after Green was adjudged to have fouled, despite the home player looking to have lost his footing.

The lead was taken five minutes in, and Eisa took the ball on the left, cut onto his right foot and found Green. Jamie Cumming saved, but the ball went through his legs and over the line, as indicated by the assistant referee.

Three minutes later, Taylor got free on the left after Loft won the aerial battle. He looked to play the square ball but it was cleared as far as Alex Gilliead who was dispossessed as he looked to pull the trigger.

The 11th minute saw a leveller for the hosts as Carter planted his header into the net following a cross from the left side.

United looked to retake the lead and two minutes later there was a neat move as Alfie Beestin won the header and fed Ryan Loft. Green was slipped down the right but Loft was hauled down as he looked to get in the box with Green’s cross gathered by Cumming.

The 16th minute saw patient build-up from the Iron as Taylor, Mason O’Malley and Eisa exchange passes. Eisa’s corner was deflected out for a corner though.

Then, a penalty shout was waved away for United as Taylor went down as he battled towards the ball following a cross from O’Malley. A goal kick was given.

On 19 minutes, Gilliead broke free with the ball and was cynically chopped down by Jack Smith, but it resulted in just a talking-to from the referee.

Three minutes later, Carter got his and Stevenage’s second of the afternoon as he got the ball on the right side of the area and bent a left-footed shot across goal and into the net.

With 32 minutes gone there was a chance for the Iron which started with a reckless tackle on Beestin. Loft teed up Gilliead who saw his shot blocked before Loft hooked the ball back into the box.

Six minutes later, the Iron pressed high and won the ball back with Beestin. Taylor fed the ball wide to Eisa who almost returned it to him with the low cross, but the hosts hooked clear. United then won a corner but the ball was cleared.

There were three minutes of added time in the first half and in the first of those there was a free-kick to the Iron on the right side as Arthur Read handled, despite trying to hold his face. O’Malley’s cross was a good one and it took a touch for a corner.

From the resulting set-play, Bedeau was challenging, but Cumming came out to punch clear.

There was an Iron substitution early in the second period as Beestin was replaced by John McAtee, and soon after that Lewis Spence came on for Green.

The 61st minute saw superb play from Gilliead as he stormed down the right before his ball across the goal almost resulted in an own goal, but the ball spun over the bar for a corner.

A couple of balls into the box were then cleared before Tyler Cordner headed into space inside the box, with Loft not able to connect to the chance.

Soon after, there was pressure by the Iron as Gilliead worked well down the right side. Two balls into the box were cleared before O’Malley’s from the left was also headed clear.

The next chance in a game of few came the way of home substitute Oteh, who had a go from range on 72 minutes, with Howard making the save.

Scunthorpe had one cleared off the line in the 86th minute when McAtee and Eisa combined down the left from Howard’s kick. The ball was played across to Clarke and somehow his shot was cleared away from danger, when it looked it might have been going in.

Taylor was replaced by Kenan Dünnwald-Turan in the closing minutes as the Iron looked to freshen up their attack.

There were six minutes of stoppage time given and the home side sealed the victory in the second of those as Oteh blasted in from close range following a counter-attack.

United return to action next Saturday when they host Bradford City (3pm kick-off).

STEVENAGE: Cummings, Coker, Cuthbert, Carter (Oteh, 68), Newton (Prosser, 90), Hutton (James-Wildin, 35), Vancooten, Read, Smith, Pett (Vincelot, 90), Aitchison (List, 68).

STEVENAGE SUBS NOT USED: Johnson, Marsh.

IRON: Howard, Clarke, Bedeau, Gilliead, Loft, Eisa, Green (Spence, 59), Beestin (McAtee, 50), Cordner, Taylor (Dünnwald-Turan, 89), O'Malley.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Brown, Rowe, Hornshaw.

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