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Preview: Exeter City (H)

9 March 2021

The Iron host Exeter City on Tuesday night, looking to register their fourth home win in the space of five matches at the Sands Venue Stadium.

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9 March 2021


United come into the game following a hard-earned point at promotion-chasers Salford City on Saturday, where they drew 1-1 as Abo Eisa's penalty cancelled out a goal from Tom Clarke.

It means Neil Cox's side have only suffered defeat in two of the last eight games, and they'll be looking for another home success when they host the Grecians.

Scunthorpe defeated Grimsby Town 3-0, Port Vale 2-0 and Harrogate Town 3-1 before suffering a loss to league leaders Cheltenham Town last Saturday, in a game they perhaps deserved more from with the chances created.

A win on Tuesday evening could lift Neil Cox's side up as high as 14th.


Centre-back Harrison McGahey came off after 45 minutes of the draw with Salford City due to a thigh problem and while it's not as bad as first feared, he will go for a scan on Tuesday to determine the extent of it and will miss the Exeter game.

Defender George Taft will miss the next two months with an ankle injury, which effectively rules him out for the remainder of the season.

Striker Ryan Loft has been rated as 50-50 after missing the last two games with an ankle problem, while first team manager Neil Cox says centre-back Emmanuel Onariase (groin) will miss the next fortnight.

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 practice match game time to get match fitness up first. He played in a behind-closed-doors game against Doncaster last Wednesday.

Midfielder George Hornshaw, who has played at right-back this season, faces a 'few months out' following an ankle operation, while goalkeeper Adam Kelsey will be out for a while too - also after an operation on his ankle.


Exeter come into the match buoyed by a 4-0 home victory over Leyton Orient on Saturday, with Joel Randall and hat-trick hero Matt Jay notching. With 55 goals scored so far this season, Matt Taylor's side are the division's top scorers, with Jay their leading marksman after netting 15 of them. Fellow forward Ryan Bowman has 12 to his name.

They sit eighth in the table, just outside the play-offs, and could potentially climb up to sixth with a victory in North Lincolnshire.

Amongst their squad is former Iron skipper Rory McArdle, who has recently returned from a freak clash in their away win at Stevenage which left him with a gash to his scrotum. The 33-year-old needed 10 stitches in the injury.

"It's not something I've ever seen since I've been playing or come across and because it was new I was a bit worried," he told BBC Sport. "But when you've got a big cut and you can see parts of your body that you probably shouldn't see, it starts to worry you a little bit."

McArdle has made 17 appearances so far this term, and leading the Grecians' tables is midfielder Archie Collins, who has started 31 games.


We met at St James Park in October and despite an impressive performance by the Iron, depleted by the Covid-19 situation at the club at the time, we were beaten 3-1 with Jai Rowe notching our goal.

Our last home game against the Grecians came in October last season when United won 3-1 at the Sands Venue Stadium. James Perch opened the scoring with the Iron's best goal of last term, and it was followed up by strikes from Jamie Ward and Alex Gilliead.

2020-21 - Sat Oct 24 LG 2 Exeter 3-1 Iron Rowe
2019-20 - Tue Oct 22 LG 2 Iron 3-1 Exeter Perch, Ward, Gilliead
2013-14 - Sat Apr 26 LG 2 Exeter 2-0 Iron  
2013-14 - Sat Oct 19 LG 2 Iron 0-4 Exeter  
2011-12 - Fri Apr 6 LG 1 Iron 1-0 Exeter Parkin
2011-12 - Sat Dec 17 LG 1 Exeter 0-0 Iron  
2002-03 - Tue Jan 21 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Exeter Carruthers
2002-03 - Tue Aug 13 DIV 3 Exeter 1-1 Iron Carruthers
2001-02 - Tue Jan 15 DIV 3 Iron 3-4 Exeter McCombe, Beagrie, Quailey
2001-02 - Sat Aug 24 DIV 3 Exeter 0-4 Iron Carruthers 2, Grant, Bradshaw
2000-01 - Sat Apr 28 DIV 3 Iron 0-2 Exeter  
2000-01 - Sat Nov 11 DIV 3 Exeter 2-1 Iron Torpey
1998-99 - Sat Apr 3 DIV 3 Iron 2-0 Exeter Eyre, Logan
1998-99 - Sat Oct 17 DIV 3 Exeter 2-2 Iron Forrester, Hope
1997-98 - Sat Apr 25 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Exeter D'Auria, Harsley
1997-98 - Sat Oct 25 DIV 3 Exeter 2-3 Iron Walsh, Hope, D'Auria
1996-97 - Sat Mar 15 DIV 3 Exeter 0-1 Iron Jones
1996-97 - Sat Dec 14 DIV 3 Iron 4-1 Exeter Garcia, Sertori, Clarkson 2
1995-96 - Tue Mar 26 DIV 3 Iron 4-0 Exeter Eyre 2, Ford, McFarlane
1995-96 - Sat Sep 2 DIV 3 Exeter 1-0 Iron  
1994-95 - Sat Jan 7 DIV 3 Iron 3-0 Exeter Eyre 2, Alexander
1994-95 - Sat Oct 22 DIV 3 Exeter 2-2 Iron Juryeff, Henderson
1989-90 - Wed Mar 28 DIV 4 Exeter 1-0 Iron  
1989-90 - Sat Sep 23 DIV 4 Iron 5-4 Exeter Lillis 2, Hamilton 2, Taylor
1988-89 - Sat Feb 11 DIV 4 Iron 2-0 Exeter Lister, Cowling
1988-89 - Sat Sep 24 DIV 4 Exeter 2-2 Iron Daws, Rumble
1987-88 - Mon May 2 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Exeter Shearer
1987-88 - Sat Dec 12 DIV 4 Exeter 1-1 Iron Johnson
1986-87 - Sat Apr 25 DIV 4 Exeter 0-0 Iron  
1986-87 - Fri Dec 19 DIV 4 Iron 3-1 Exeter Reeves 2, Hill
1985-86 - Tue Apr 22 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Exeter Cammack
1985-86 - Wed Sep 18 DIV 4 Exeter 2-0 Iron  
1984-85 - Tue Mar 19 DIV 4 Iron 7-1 Exeter Broddle, Whitehead, Cammack 2, Graham 2, Brolly
1984-85 - Sat Sep 8 DIV 4 Exeter 2-1 Iron Lester
1983-84 - Wed Apr 11 DIV 3 Exeter 1-1 Iron Brolly
1983-84 - Sat Sep 3 DIV 3 Iron 3-1 Exeter Lester, Cammack, Graham
1976-77 - Tue Mar 15 DIV 4 Iron 4-1 Exeter Lumby 2, Czuczman, Hore og
1976-77 - Wed Sep 29 DIV 4 Exeter 2-0 Iron  
1975-76 - Fri Apr 23 DIV 4 Exeter 5-4 Iron Green, Woodward 2, Wiggington
1975-76 - Sat Aug 23 DIV 4 Iron 0-1 Exeter  
1974-75 - Sat Feb 1 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Exeter Collier, Roberts
1974-75 - Sat Nov 9 DIV 4 Exeter 0-0 Iron  
1973-74 - Mon Apr 22 DIV 4 Exeter 4-0 Iron  
1971-72 - Sat Feb 26 DIV 4 Iron 3-0 Exeter Giles og, Jackson, Fletcher
1971-72 - Sat Nov 6 DIV 4 Exeter 1-0 Iron  
1970-71 - Sat Oct 17 DIV 4 Iron 3-0 Exeter Keegan, Cassidy 2
1970-71 - Sat Aug 15 DIV 4 Exeter 1-1 Iron Keegan
1969-70 - Sat Dec 20 DIV 4 Exeter 4-1 Iron Cassidy
1969-70 - Sat Sep 6 DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Exeter  
1968-69 - Sat Apr 12 DIV 4 Exeter 3-1 Iron Heath
1968-69 - Sat Sep 21 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Exeter Deere, Foley
1965-66 - Sat Feb 19 DIV 3 Exeter 4-0 Iron  
1964-65 - Fri Jan 8 DIV 3 Exeter 1-3 Iron Thomas 2, Hutton
1964-65 - Sat Oct 24 DIV 3 Iron 0-0 Exeter  
LEAGUE 23 14 18
TOTAL 23 14 18


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Match Reports

Report: Iron 0-2 Exeter City

9 March 2021

United suffered a 2-0 home loss at the hands of promotion-chasing Exeter City on Tuesday night.

The Iron made five changes going into the game, as Jordan Clarke, Ryan Loft, Devarn Green, Alfie Beestin and Jem Karacan came in for Harrison McGahey, Kevin van Veen, Lewis Spence, Alex Gilliead and Jordan Hallam.

There was a quick start from the Iron, who won a throw on the left following Mason O’Malley’s early pass into Abo Eisa with Green also lurking, forcing the Grecians to hook clear.

On five minutes, Hippolyte did well down the right side to shrug off his marker and put in a cross towards Loft. The visitors cleared with Karacan lurking for the rebound, but Exeter managed to get the ball away.

Exeter won the first corner of the game on seven minutes, when Rowe intercepted just as a cross was about to come in from the left. Green won the ball back from the short corner.

With around 10 minutes played, Exeter won a free-kick 25 yards from goal which was taken by Matt Jay, and he fired into the net.

Soon after, the visiting team's Jake Taylor got into space on the outside of the box and had a low effort on goal, which was deflected wide for a corner which Beestin hooked clear.

Seven minutes later after the goal, Rowe blocked another attempted cross from the left side to concede a corner. Jay’s set piece was short to Archie Collins before neat play saw a low cross intercepted and cleared by Hippolyte.

On 18 minutes, O’Malley made a vital interception following a low, inviting cross from the right. The visitors won a corner, but a free-kick was awarded to the Iron as it came into the box.

The 23rd minute saw a free-kick to the Iron on the right channel. O’Malley whipped the ball in on the in-swinger, with Exeter heading away the danger.

Green received treatment after receiving a whack to the face three minutes later, but was able to continue.

The Grecians' Collins went on the left side just out the area, with the referee awarding a free-kick. Willmott put in the free-kick, searching for former Iron Rory McArdle’s head, but Howard was out to gather.

On 32 minutes, Hippolyte looked to surge onto a through ball into the area, but Jokull Andersson was out to gather quickly. Exeter then fired an effort wide of the target.

Four minutes later, Jai Rowe cut onto his left foot on the edge of the area and sent a low shot wide of Andersson’s left-hand post.

In the 41st minute, Jacob Bedeau did well under pressure from Ryan Bowman to cushion the ball back to Mark Howard. The latter landed on the Iron defender, but he was soon back to his feet.

There was an early second half effort for Loft, who turned and fired wide from the edge of the box after Beestin had put the ball into his path.

The 50th minute saw Eisa and Hippolyte combine down the left side, with the latter cutting back to Loft. He moved onto his left foot with a ricochet flying towards goal and grabbed by Andersson.

Two minutes later there was a vital block from Clarke as Bowman looked to turn in a low cross from the right. It resulted in a corner to the visitors as the deflection took the ball wide and out of play.

With 54 minutes gone, Green, Eisa and Loft chased down a forward ball from Beestin and almost caused the visitors to make a mistake with one clearance blocked before a free-kick was awarded to Exeter.

A free-kick was won by the away team on 56 minutes, as Jay again bent the set-piece towards goal, with Howard getting his fingertips on the ball to send the ball out for a corner.

United then won a corner as a back header from the visiting defence went out of play. Rowe raced into the box late to try to connect with Eisa’s corner, but Andersson was out to take the ball.

Just before the hour mark, Beestin went in for a 50-50 and came away with possession before slipping in Green on the right. His shot went across goal and wide of the target.

Then, moments later at the other end, Jay stabbed a close range effort wide of the post following a cut-back from the left channel.

There was then a corner to the Iron as a neat flick from Loft set Green down the right before his cross was turned behind.

The 63rd minute saw the first Scunthorpe change on the night as van Veen replaced Loft.

Just seconds after, Beestin surged down the right side and won the Iron a free-kick. O’Malley’s delivery went through to Clarke at the back post but he couldn't angle his header on target.

Eisa won a free-kick in the 68th minute as he latched onto a kick from Howard, with Josh Key penalised. It saw a brilliant ball put in from van Veen, with Beestin rising highest at the back post. His header went across goal and just wide of the target.

On the break, Exeter's Jay sent an effort over the bar from the edge of the area as he ran onto the ball, striking with his right foot. Then, three minutes after, Taylor stabbed an effort wide of the target for the visitors.

There was a triple change for the Iron with 15 minutes left, as Hallam, Gilliead and Spence came on for Green, Hippolyte and Karacan.

There were a couple of corners for the Iron following those alterations. The first was headed behind, before the second was recycled with Spence’s cross hitting the top of the net.

On 80 minutes, Exeter's Joel Randall fired across goal and wide for the visitors following a move down the right side.

A fifth and final Scunthorpe change of the night came in the 86th minute as Teddy Howe replaced Rowe for his debut.

Exeter scored a second goal in the 89th minute when Jack Sparkes sent the ball into the net, driving in from the edge of the area.

IRON: Howard, Clarke, Bedeau, Loft (van Veen, 63), Eisa, Green (Hallam, 75), Hippolyte (Gilliead, 75), Beestin, Karacan (Spence,75), Rowe (Howe, 86), O'Malley.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Brown.

EXETER: Andresson, Key (Caprice, 78), McArdle, Hartridge, Page (Sparkes, 78), Willmott (Sweeney, 69), Taylor, Collins, Randall (Seymour, 89), Jay (Atangana, 89), Bowman.


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