Scunthorpe drew 1-1 with Bradford City after a lively affair at the Sands Venue Stadium that saw goals from Iron striker Aaron Jarvis and Bradford’s Yann Songo’o.
Three minutes in, Paudie O’Connor’s looping header went over the bar and out for a goal-kick after a free-kick was whipped onto the Iron’s box.
After eight minutes, Scunthorpe had a wonderful opportunity as Myles Hippolyte perfectly timed a ball through to Jake Scrimshaw in the box whose shot was fired at goal and deflected out for a corner.
Kieran O’Hara easily handled a Lee Angol shot after the away side caught Scunthorpe on the counter but the striker couldn’t make a good connection with the ball.
Alfie Beestin tried a long range effort at goal after he picked up the ball in midfield but the ball went over the bar and out for a goal kick.
Moments later, Beestin lofted a free-kick into the box looking for Emmanuel Onariase at the back post who slid for the effort with the ball cannoning off the player and over the bar.
With 25 minutes played, Beestin again put a free-kick into the box this time finding Jarvis who couldn’t quite get a proper header of the ball as it flicked off the top of his head and out for a goal kick.
Minutes later, the Iron found themselves again on the attack with Alex Perry playing the ball to Hippoltye who drove at goal and struck a low-driven shot at goal but which curled across goal and out for a goal kick.
Lee Angol missed another opportunity after he headered his shot straight out for a goal kick.
With eight minutes left of the first half, Beestin whipped a corner into the box which was parried away by Bradford’s Richard O’Donnell and fell to Hippolyte’s feet. He tried getting the ball into the far top corner but couldn’t get enough curl on the ball as it went over.
Jarvis put the Iron ahead with six minutes left of the first half after his header looped over the keeper and into the back of the net.
Substitute Theo Robinson had a glorious chance for the visitors straight after half-time when a free-kick was launched into the box which eventually fell to Robinson who scuffed his shot which spun away from goal.
Bradford had another chance moments later after Levi Sutton fired a long range effort towards O’Hara but the ball flew over the bar.
Six minutes into the second half, Scunthorpe had an opportunity after Ross Millen curled an inviting ball into the box which Jarvis was poised to head but he couldn’t reach the ball as it went straight across the box.
Soon after, Yann Songo’o equalised for the away side after heading the ball past O’Hara from a corner.
Moments later, with twenty minutes left to play, Callum Cooke fired a shot across goal which went past the far post and out for a goal kick.
Alex Gilliead then drove a shot with 15 minutes to play, with the low effort bouncing back off the post.
Scunthorpe almost took the lead after a Millen cross bounced off of Jarvis and then deflected off the bar and was cleared for an Iron corner.
The game ended all square with the Iron returning to action away at Stevenage on Tuesday, December 7th (7.45pm kick-off).
IRON: O’Hara, Millen, Kenyon (Hackney, 54, Rowe, 70), Taft, Onariase, Beestin, Hippolyte, Thompson, Scrimshaw (Green, 70), Jarvis, Perry.
IRON SUBS NOT USED: Collins, Wood, Gallimore, Poulter.
BRADFORD: O’Donnell, Threlkeld, Ridehalgh, O’Connor, Canavan, Songo’o, Eisa (Robinson, 41) Cooke, Gilliead, Angol, Sutton.
BRADFORD SUBS NOT USED: Hornby, Foulds, Kelleher, Evans, Watt, Cousin-Dawson.