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27 April 2024 Venue Attis Arena Attendance

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Scunthorpe United
0 - 0
(Pens 4 - 5) FT
Boston United
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Preview: Boston United (H)

27 April 2024

The Iron are back in action on home soil for a massive play-off semi-final against another side from Lincolnshire in Boston (3pm kick-off).

A great atmosphere is expected as over 7,700 tickets have been sold including home and away fans, for this weekend as the Iron go into this game with
momentum having won four games consecutively.

Last time out the Iron won 2-1 after coming from behind against Gloucester away from home. The hosts took the lead around the half hour mark thanks to a goal from Brandon Smalley. The Iron netted twice in the last 20 minutes of action to turn the game on its head, first a goal from Danny Elliott and then with less than 10 minutes to go Dion Sembie-Ferris won the game for the

No winner has been found in the Iron's two fixtures against Boston this season, with the sides sharing the points each time. Away from home Connor Smith netted for Scunthorpe in the 75th minute before the hosts quickly responded just five minutes later when Jordan Richards struck late.

The Iron were 2-1 up at halftime after Danny Elliott had bagged a first half brace, in the 91st minute the visitors got a late equaliser through Jacob Hazel.


Boston ended the season in sixth place, and finished the season with the sixth best away form in the division.

The Pilgrims won their quarter-final play-off on penalties after having a stalemate draw over 120 minutes against Alfreton. They have now kept four consecutive clean sheets and will be demanding another clean sheet to boost their chances of a victory.

If there is one thing the Iron have learnt about Boston over the last two fixtures it is their resilience where they never give in. 

Ex-Iron player Jai Rowe has become a crucial player for the opposition, after signing on a free transfer and now having made 31 appearances at right-back for the Pilgrims.

Another key player for Boston is ex-Iron striker Kelsey Mooney. The 25-year-old has netted 16 goals this season and is looking to score more crucial goals to get his side promoted.


The referee will be Zac Kennard-Kettle, while his assistants are Adewunmi Soneye and Thomas Harland. The fourth official is Thomas Wilson.


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Our full record against Boston is as follows:

LEAGUE 1 4 3
FA CUP 1 0 0
TOTAL 2 4 3

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Match Reports

Report: Iron 0-0 Boston United (4-5 on pens)

27 April 2024

Scunthorpe lost out on a play-off final spot to Boston as they were unfortunately defeated on penalties.

The Iron were set to begin their National League North play-off campaign with a semi-final home tie against Lincolnshire neighbours Boston United. The Pilgrims brought with them large numbers to add to the bumper attendance for the day, and were hoping to topple United following their victory over Alfreton in midweek.

Iron manager Jimmy Dean made an onslaught of changes to his side that defeated Gloucester on the final game of the league season. Firstly, shot stopper Ross Fitzsimons regained his position between the sticks in place of Dan Langley. In midfield, skipper Michael Clunan returned to the base of the diamond with Kian Scales and Jacob Butterfield sitting in front of him. In another change, Cal Roberts returned to the starting XI to replace Jason Law and lastly, Danny Whitehall claimed his spot leading the line.

The visitors got the game underway with both teams attacking their opposite supporters. With all four sides of the Attis Arena rocking with anticipation ahead of the encounter it was fair to say that it was a nervy opening five minutes as both teams frantically attempted to forge an early chance. 

The first notable opportunity was indeed of Scunthorpe’s making, as no more than ten minutes in Boston goalkeeper Cameron Gregory was called into action to deal with a deep cross from Cal Roberts. The ferocious delivery wasn’t dealt with and forced Gregory into a sublime reaction stop to keep the scores level. 

As the minutes ticked by the sides became more and more deadlocked, matching each other every step of the way it would take something special to break the bind and Boston almost found it 28 minutes into play. Following some quick thinking out from the back possession made its way to Keaton Ward in the centre of the park, Ward steamed down the pitch and unleashed a low-driven effort towards goal that was parried by Fitzsimons and narrowly avoided the diving head of Kelsey Mooney on the rebound.

For the remainder of first-half proceedings neither side was able to break down their opponents as time evaporated on referee Zac Kennard-Kettle’s watch as he called for the interval.

When the second half finally got back underway, the tensions were raised immediately as the Pilgrims found themselves incredibly lucky to not have conceded a penalty. Some majestic interplay from Alfie Beestin and Whitehall allowed Beestin to storm through on goal and be chopped down inside the area, despite the colossal penalty appeals the referee decided to award a goal kick to much disbelief.

Almost immediately after the penalty appeal, Boston decided it was their turn to attack with intent and came awfully close to finding the opener. When the ball had failed to be cleared the Pilgrims pounced and worked the ball to Dylan Hill on the edge of the area who blazed slightly over the crossbar.

Now with half an hour remaining the game was entering its terrible territory as Boston began to threaten. During their sustained period of pressure, the visitors were denied their goal once again by Fitzsimons who superbly got down to his left to prevent Jordan Richards from grabbing a well-deserved goal after he’d broken through. 

In an attempt steady the ship once more, the Iron began to flood forward with a winning goal in their sights. The wide-man Roberts had been troublesome all day up against Brad Nicholson and on one particular occasion Roberts chopped inside and sent a scintillating curling effort towards goal that was sensationally tipped wide by Gregory.

Scunthorpe now found themselves in charge of proceedings and began to counter-attack in large numbers when possible. This benefited the Iron as it allowed overlaps on both flanks and after multiple attempts the ball finally found its way into Whitehall in acres of space in the penalty area, with Gregory rushing out to meet the striker, Whitehall calmly slotted the ball to Roberts with an open goal to aim for, but the ball was unfortunately snatched away from his feet by a recovering defender. 

In a similar fashion to the first period of play the game began to ebb slowly away and soon the referee’s whistle indicated the end of normal time and set in motion a gruelling 30 minutes of extra time. 

As the first period of extra time was begun it became blatantly obvious that Boston was shaping up for their second round of penalties in the space of a week as they saw off every Iron attempt for the first 15 minutes. 

As legs grew tired and cramp kicked in the encounter spiralled into a battle of fitness. In all fairness United obtained more of the chances but Boston was cunning on the break and only just fell short of grabbing a certain winner late on.

When the referee’s whistle sounded to commence a penalty shootout Scunthorpe were eventually undone as Gregory saved the all-important spot kick to condemn the Iron to another season in the National League North.

IRON: Fitzsimons, Ogle, Kouogun, Evans, Clunan, Beestin (McAlinden, 78), Roberts (Sembie-Ferris, 95), Butterfield (Elliott, 94), Scales, Barrows, Whitehall.

IRON SUBS: Langley, Boyce.

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Ticket News

Over 4,000 sold - get your tickets for this weekend's play-off semi-final encounter!

23 April 2024

Ticket information has been confirmed ahead of the Iron's play-off semi-final encounter against an opponent yet to be determined on Saturday, April 27th (3pm kick-off).

The one-off match at the Attis Arena to make the final - which could also be played on United's home soil should we progress - will either be against Alfreton Town or Boston United, with both teams going head-to-head in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night.

It is important to note that we are hosting the play-off semi-final on behalf of the National League and, although we are playing the game at home, it is defined as the league's fixture, and therefore there are no discounted, group booking or complimentary tickets available.

As per league rule, 7.1, clubs may not reduce their normal National League Admission charges in any semi-final play-off match.

Please note, tickets will initially go on sale to season ticket holders only, granting those supporters the opportunity to get their tickets in advance with lower queues. Please see below for more details.

Prices for the game are as follows...

Early Bird
Adult £18 £20
65+/U21/FT Student/Key Worker £14 £15
U18 £8 £10
U12 £5 £5
Early Bird Matchday
Adult £16 £20
65+/U21/FT Student/Key Worker £12 £15
U18 £8 £10
U12 £5 £5
Category B
Early Bird
Category B
Adult £33 Not Available
65+/U21/FT Student/Key Worker £25 Not Available
U18 £15 Not Available


Season ticket holders will have their seats reserved until 4pm on Thursday, April 25th. After this time, all seats will be released, and will be available for purchase.

Season ticket holders will have a priority window online on Sunday, April 21st through until 10am on Tuesday, April 23rd, at which point tickets will go on general sale.

As season tickets only include the 23 league games of the season, all season ticket holders will have to purchase this fixture as an add-on to their package.


We will be opening the ticket office for extended hours for the week, as a result of the quick turnaround for the fixture.

Sunday, April 21st Closed Tickets to go on sale online to season ticket holders only
Monday, April 22nd 10am-4pm Only available to season ticket holders only
Tuesday, April 23rd 10am-4pm General sale
Wednesday, April 24th 10am-4pm General sale
Thursday, April 25th 10am-6pm General sale
Friday, April 26th 10am-6pm General sale
Saturday, April 27th 11am*-5pm To be reviewed dependent on sales and demand


The easiest way is to avoid the queues and book online at If you are a season ticket holder looking to book online then you will need to log into your account and then select your seat. Please note, for booking online, supporters will have to log into each relevant account for booking tickets.

For online queries and linking your account please email

The ticket office will be open as detailed below and you can purchase in person or over the phone on 01724 747670 during opening hours. 

Please be aware that due to limited phone lines, the best option will be to book online or visit the ticket office in person.

For further ticketing enquiries or questions please email

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