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English Football League - League Two

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Preview: Stevenage (H)

7 May 2021

The Iron round off their 2020-21 season on Saturday, when they host Stevenage at the Sands Venue Stadium (3pm kick-off).

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8 May 2021


United enter the match after arresting a run of five straight defeats to claim a goalless draw away at Bradford City last time out, accumulating the point they needed to mathematically clinch League Two survival with one game to spare.

Southend United won their match at Barrow last weekend and would have taken the drama down to the final day had Scunthorpe lost against the Bantams, but the side can go into the game against the Boro with no threat of relegation out of the EFL.

The Iron can finish the campaign as high as 20th in the division, but they'd have to win and hope that Barrow and Colchester United both failed to take points in their final game to do so.


Emmanuel Onariase will miss out, needing surgery following a calf issue.

Jordan Clarke will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury picked up at Forest Green three weeks ago, which forced him to withdraw after 20 minutes.

Harrison McGahey returned to the starting XI at Forest Green and missed out against Mansfield, Walsall, Newport and Bradford through a quad issue, which will continue to be assessed.

Left-back Junior Brown is out with a hamstring injury that forced him off against Bradford and attacker Jordan Hallam is out with the hamstring problem which he suffered against Oldham in March. Elsewhere, Olufela Olomola's season is over after he suffered a medial ligament injury.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring), midfielder George Hornshaw and goalkeeper Adam Kelsey (both ankle) will also miss the rest of the campaign.


Stevenage are 15th with 57 points and could climb a couple of places if they claimed maximum points on Saturday. They come into the game off the back of a 3-3 draw against Crawley Town which was preceded by four successive defeats.

The side are winless in six, with the four defeats in a row all by an odd goal, three of which finishing 1-0.

Goalkeeping Jamie Cumming tops their starting appearance charts with 40 to his name, playing for 3600 minutes this season. Elliot List has a total of 43 appearances in the league this season, but only 35 of those are starts, equating to 3014 minutes.

List is also the side's top goalscorer with eight goals this season, while Luke Norris is second with seven. 


The Boro equalled the historical standings between the two sides at the turn of the calendar year by beating the Iron 3-1 at the Lamex Stadium in January.

Devarn Green had put United in front before the hosts hit back to make it two wins, two draws and two defeats from six meetings.

United drew the last meeting at the Sands Venue Stadium in November 2019. The meeting ended goalless, while Mark Duffy scored the winner in the only victory on home soil, which came in February 2013.

2020-21 - Sat Jan 2 LG 2 Stevenage 3-1 Iron Green
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
LEAGUE 2 2 2
TOTAL 2 2 2


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Report: Iron 0-1 Stevenage

8 May 2021

United were beaten 1-0 at home by Stevenage on the final day of the 2020-21 League Two season.

The Iron went into the match making five changes from the team that drew at Bradford City, with Harrison McGahey, Ryan Loft, Myles Hippolyte, Teddy Howe and John McAtee coming in for Manny Onariase, Kevin van Veen, Jem Karacan, Jai Rowe and Alex Gilliead.

With a minute gone, United defended an early free-kick down the left, with Mason O’Malley heading clear before Loft hooked further clear.

The first corner of the game went to the Iron following good build-up play between Howe and McAtee on the right. Hippolyte nodded the ball down but Alfie Beestin couldn’t connect.

At the other end, Luke Norris looked to flick the ball into his own path inside the Iron penalty area, but McGahey came across to clear for a corner.

In the 17th minute, there was a take from Mark Howard as he read an in-swinging cross into the six-yard box.

Three minutes later, Lewis Spence put in a good challenge on the edge of the box as Elliott List shaped to shoot after latching onto a ball just inside the penalty area.

Then, in the 25th minute, Jack Smith put a low cross across the area for List, but the forward couldn't connect to the ball, with Howard watching it out for a goal kick.

Soon after, Green broke the offside trap with a through ball, but Boro ‘keeper Jamie Cumming was out quickly to clear the danger before the ball was brought under control.

On 30 minutes, Howe’s inviting cross was cleared in return to the right full-back. He then played short to Spence, who clipped in a cross for Loft, who sent an effort over the bar.

Two minutes later, List headed over for the visitors following a left-winged cross.

With 37 minutes gone, the Iron won the ball back after pressing Stevenage to make a misplaced pass. The ball was fed into Green, who turned and fired over the bar.

Then, McAtee drew Cumming into a save just prior to the whistle, with a low effort from the edge of the box.

There was a change at half-time as Jacob Bedeau came on for George Taft.

Green looked to be clean through on goal following a through ball on 52 minutes, but Scott Cuthbert slid in and got a touch on the ball to send it back to his ‘keeper.

Luke Norris then sliced wide of the target from the right side of the area for the visitors.

With 59 minutes played, Stevenage went ahead when they won a corner on the far side as McGahey slid in, with the second short corner clipped in for Elliott List, who headed into the net.

Five minutes after, McAtee and Hippolyte almost latched onto through balls into the area. The latter got a touch on the ball, but it only went through to the ‘keeper.

There was a double Scunthorpe change in the 69th minute when McAtee and McGahey were replaced by Tom Pugh and Rowe, while five minutes later Harry Jessop came on for Loft.

With 83 minutes gone, Green flicked on for Jessop, who took one touch beyond Cuthbert into the area before sending a shot over the bar.

Soon after, Stevenage's Romain Vincelot had a go at goal, with his effort taking a deflection out for a corner.

There were four minutes of stoppage time but no further chances of note.

IRON: Howard, Taft (Bedeau, 45), McGahey (Rowe, 69), Loft (Jessop, 74), Green, Hippolyte, Spence, Beestin, Howe, O'Malley, McAtee (Pugh, 69).

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Collins, Karacan.

STEVENAGE: Cumming, Cuthbert, Hutton, Vancooten, List (Newton, 71), Read (Williams, 83), Smith (Vincelot, 71), Pett, Martin, Morris, Lines.

STEVENAGE SUBS NOT USED: Johnson, Marshall, Johnson.

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