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Preview: Carlisle United (H)

25 September 2020

The Iron return to the Sands Venue Stadium for their second home league game of the season on Saturday when they play host to Carlisle United (3pm kick-off).

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26 September 2020


Neil Cox searches for his first win at Scunthorpe United manager following one draw and a narrow defeat in the two Sky Bet League Two games so far, scoring once and conceding twice in total.

Meanwhile, the Cumbrians arrive in North Lincolnshire with three points on the board following a win and a defeat.


Last weekend's 2-0 win over Southend United at home was Carlisle's first win in four games in all competitions so far this season, with the previous three all ending in defeats.

Fleetwood Town, Oldham Athletic and Cambridge United all managed to put three goals each past them in their respective games in league and cup, with Carlisle managing one goal across those games. They did keep their first clean sheet last weekend, however.

It's been a relatively quiet September in terms of transfers for the Cumbrians, who welcomed Ethan Walker on loan from Preston North End in mid-September, while allowing Harry McKirdy to go to Port Vale on a free transfer.

Prior though, in August, there was an abundance of transfer activity, with Dean Furman, Marcus Dewhurst, Gime Toure, Paul Farman, Brennan Dickenson, Magnus Norman, Jack Armer, Danny Devine, Joe Riley, Josh Kayode, Gavin Reilly, Nathaniel Knight-Percival and George Tanner all joining the side.

Jack Iredale, Gethin Jones and Rod McDonald were the trio heading out of Brunton Park. Mike Jones also left the side towards the end of July.


Kenan Dünnwald-Turan made his debut for the Iron last weekend at Crawley, partnering Ryan Loft up front who is in line to take on his former side this weekend.

That was the only change to Neil Cox's team, with Abo Eisa settling for a place on the bench last time out.

Harrison McGahey was forced off through injury at half-time last weekend and is now set for around five weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.

United will definitely continue be without forward Kevin van Veen who underwent a knee operation last Friday, although Emmanuel Onariase (hernia), Jordan Clarke (calf) and Olufela Olomola (hamstring) are all nearing a return to action, with one or two likely to feature against Manchester City Under-21s in the EFL Trophy in midweek.

Jai Rowe (knee) is still sidelined for this match, while John McAtee's fitness will be assessed after returning to training this week following a fortnight of self-isolation after coming into close contact with the Iron's player who tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago.


Last season's solitary meeting was the first for six-and-a-half years with the game settled by a player who has since switched sides.

Ryan Loft got the only goal of the game in what was a smash-and-grab affair at the Sands Venue Stadium.

The meeting before came in the campaign which saw Scunthorpe relegated to League Two, although a brace from Akpo Sodje and a strike from Paul Reid did give the side three points on that occasion.

2019-20 - Sat Aug 21 LG 2 Iron 0-1 Carlisle  
2012-13 - Tue Feb 13 LG 1 Iron 3-1 Carlisle Sodje 2, Reid
2012-13 - Sat Jan 26 LG 1 Carlisle 1-1 Iron Hawley
2011-12 - Mon Apr 9 LG 1 Carlisle 0-0 Iron  
2011-12 - Sat Dec 10 LG 1 Iron 1-2 Carlisle Barcham
2008-09 - Sat Mar 14 LG 1 Carlisle 1-1 Iron Hayes
2008-09 - Sat Sep 13 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Carlisle Sparrow, Hayes
2006-07 - Sat May 5 LG 1 Iron 3-0 Carlisle Taylor, Sparrow, Beckford
2006-07 - Sat Dec 9 LG 1 Carlisle 0-2 Iron Sharp, Keogh
2003-04 - Tue Mar 24 DIV 3 Iron 2-3 Carlisle MacLean 2
2003-04 - Tue Oct 21 DIV 3 Carlisle 1-4 Iron Torpey, MacLean, Sharp, Beagrie
2002-03 - Tue Mar 11 DIV 3 Carlisle 1-2 Iron Beagrie, Dawson
2002-03 - Mon Dec 23 FAC R2 R Carlisle 0-1 Iron Carruthers
2002-03 - Sat Dec 7 FAC R2 Iron 0-0 Carlisle  
2002-03 - Tue Sep 17 DIV 3 Iron 3-1 Carlisle Torpey 2, Carruthers
2001-02 - Sat Mar 16 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Carlisle Jeffrey, Hodges
2001-02 - Sat Dec 1 DIV 3 Carlisle 3-0 Iron  
2000-01 - Mon Apr 16 DIV 3 Iron 3-0 Carlisle Sparrow, Carruthers, Torpey
2000-01 - Sat Oct 28 DIV 3 Carlisle 1-2 Iron Larusson, Hodges
1998-99 - Tue Jan 19 FLT R2 Iron 1-1 Carlisle
(Carlisle win 4-3 on pens)
1998-99 - Sat Jan 16 DIV 3 Carlisle 0-1 Iron Eyre
1998-99 - Sat Aug 15 DIV 3 Iron 3-1 Carlisle Hope, Eyre, Gayle
1996-97 - Sat Mar 8 DIV 3 Iron 0-0 Carlisle  
1996-97 - Sat Dec 21 DIV 3 Carlisle 3-2 Iron Clarkson, McFarlane
1994-95 - Sat Mar 25 DIV 3 Carlisle 2-1 Iron Kiwomya
1994-95 - Sat Sep 3 DIV 3 Iron 2-3 Carlisle Juryeff, Thornber
1993-94 - Sat Mar 12 DIV 3 Carlisle 3-1 Iron Goodacre
1993-94 - Sat Sep 18 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Carlisle Carmichael 2
1992-93 - Sat Jan 16 DIV 3 Iron 0-0 Carlisle  
1992-93 - Sat Sep 26 DIV 3 Carlisle 0-2 Iron Helliwell 2
1991-92 - Sat May 2 DIV 4 Iron 4-0 Carlisle Elliott, Daws, Hill, Helliwell
1991-92 - Sat Oct 12 DIV 4 Carlisle 0-0 Iron  
1990-91 - Sat Apr 6 DIV 4 Carlisle 0-3 Iron Hill, Hine, Dalziel (og)
1990-91 - Sat Dec 29 DIV 4 Iron 2-0 Carlisle Flounders, Lillis
1990-91 - Tue Sep 4 LGC R1 L2 Iron 1-1 Carlisle Lillis
1990-91 - Tue Aug 28 LGC R1 L1 Carlisle 1-0 Iron  
1989-90 - Sat Mar 24 DIV 4 Iron 2-3 Carlisle Flounders, Lillis
1989-90 - Tue Oct 17 DIV 4 Carlisle 0-1 Iron Lillis
1988-89 - Sat Feb 4 DIV 4 Carlisle 0-3 Iron Lister, Taylor, Flounders
1988-89 - Tue Sep 20 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Carlisle Flounders
1987-88 - Tue Apr 12 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Carlisle Shearer
1987-88 - Sat Aug 22 DIV 4 Carlisle 3-1 Iron Johnson
1964-65 - Sat Mar 6 DIV 3 Carlisle 3-1 Iron Thomas
1964-65 - Fri Jan 29 DIV 3 Iron 0-1 Carlisle  
1957-58 - Thu May 1 DIV 3N Iron 3-1 Carlisle Davis, Haigh, Brownsword
1957-58 - Sat Oct 26 DIV 3N Carlisle 3-4 Iron Gleadall 2, Fletcher, Marriott
1956-57 - Sat Mar 23 DIV 3N Carlisle 0-0 Iron  
1956-57 - Sat Nov 10 DIV 3N Iron 1-2 Carlisle Luke
1955-56 - Sat 18 Feb DIV 3N Carlisle 1-2 Iron Haigh, Gregory
1955-56 - Sat Oct 8 DIV 3N Iron 4-0 Carlisle Gregory 2, Davies, Haigh
1954-55 - Sat Apr 30 DIV 3N Carlisle 1-2 Iron Brown, Brownsword
1954-55 - Mon Apr 18 DIV 3N Iron 1-1 Carlisle Gregory
1953-54 - Sat Apr 24 DIV 3N Iron 2-1 Carlisle Hubbard, Gregory
1953-54 - Sat Dec 5 DIV 3N Carlisle 5-1 Iron Gregory
1952-53 - Sat Dec 27 DIV 3N Iron 1-2 Carlisle White
1952-53 - Thu Dec 25 DIV 3N Carlisle 8-0 Iron  
1952-53 - Sat Nov 22 FAC R1 Iron 1-0 Carlisle Whitfield
1951-52 - Thu Apr 24 DIV 3N Iron 1-1 Carlisle Ottewell
1951-52 - Sat Apr 12 DIV 3N Carlisle 3-0 Iron  
1950-51 - Sat Feb 3 DIV 3N Iron 1-1 Carlisle Clelland
1950-51 - Sat Sep 23 DIV 3N Carlisle 3-1 Iron Gorin
LEAGUE 26 11 18
FA CUP 2 1 0
CUP 0 1 0
TOTAL 28 14 19


Saturday, September 26th
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Bradford City v Stevenage (3pm)
Cambridge United v Tranmere Rovers (3pm)
Cheltenham Town v Grimsby Town (3pm)
Mansfield Town v Exeter City (3pm)
Oldham Athletic v Crawley Town (3pm)
Port Vale v Harrogate Town (3pm)
Salford City v Forest Green Rovers (3pm)
Southend United v Morecambe (3pm)
Walsall v Leyton Orient (3pm)

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Match Reports

Report: Iron 1-0 Carlisle United

26 September 2020

Scunthorpe United won their first three points of the season on Saturday against Carlisle United after Jordan Hallam broke the deadlock in the first half.

Three minutes into the game, Ryan Loft looked for an early chance against his former club. He knocked the ball past Aaron Hayden but fouled the defender.

Four minutes after, Lewis Spence was dragged down after a neat first touch, following pressure on the Carlisle back line. A free kick was given to the Iron but was cleared for a corner.

From this, the corner was headed clear before the cross was gathered by the Carlisle keeper after being put under pressure by Loft. 

13 minutes on the clock, another chance was created for the Iron. Tyler Cordner flicked on a throw with Frank Vincent after he saw a shot blocked before Spence’s attempt was deflected over.

On 17 minutes, a tremendous save was made from Rory Watson as he pushed Ethan Walker’s shot around the post before they had a chance to lead.

Three minutes later, the Iron were swift on the counter-attack as Alex Gilliead received the ball outside of the box before he fired wide of the target from 30 yards out.

27 minutes in, Watson saved a shot from Walker again. The ball was fired at the near post but Cordner fortunately cleared.

With 34 minutes played, Mason O’Malley overlapped down the left side and met the ball with a cross into Loft who collided with a Carlisle defender, which then went out for a goal kick to the visitors.

It was Jordan Hallam who broke the deadlock on 36 minutes. As he ran down the right side, he fired a low shot across goal, going past Paul Farman, following Gilliead's throughball.

On 48 minutes, Loft outmuscled a defender down the left side before he saw his cross was deflected behind for a corner. Myles Hippolyte then fired wide from the corner.

Spence and Hallam worked well together before Gilliead angled in a cross which was turned behind for a corner. Jacob Bedeau rose highest from the corner, but the ball went wide.

Three minutes after on 57 minutes, another superb save was made from Watson as a header went wide towards the target, but he pushed it out.

Then, there was great play from Loft on the nearside as he brushed past his man before he looked to play the ball to meet Hallam’s run. Paul Farman was out to slide in and gather it.

On 80 minutes, Carlisle's Walker came out with the ball on the edge of the box and curled in a shot across the goal, but the ball dropped wide.

Three minutes after, Hallam was slipped in on goal after a through ball by Alfie Beestin, but it was fired over.

Three minutes into added time, Hallam was fouled but the referee wasn’t interested. Loft was fouled soon after on the edge of the box and a free kick was given to the Iron.

Hippolyte took the free kick, but Farman beat the ball over for a corner.

IRON: Watson, Bedeau, Gilliead, Loft, Hippolyte, Hallam, Spence, Vincent (Beestin 78’), Cordner, Hornshaw (Butroid 88’), O’Malley (Onariase 75’).

UNUSED SUBS: Kelsey, Eisa, Green, Jarvis.

CARLISLE: Farman, Tanner (Hunt 85’), Anderton, Hayden, Guy (Devine 77’), Alessandra, Mellish, McDonald, Kayode, Furman (Riley 71’), Walker.

UNUSED SUBS: Dewhurst, Reilly, Charters, Bell.

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