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Kick off 19:45 (UK)

20 February 2024 Venue First Cloud Arena Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

South Shields
2 - 1
Scunthorpe United
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Match Previews

Preview: South Shields (A)

20 February 2024

The Iron are back in action and away from home again, looking to gain a valuable three points after a resilient performance on the road at Scarborough.

United travel to South Shields for their latest trip away from the Attis Arena under the lights at the First Cloud Arena (7.45pm kick-off).

Despite not getting all three points against Scarborough the Iron became the first side to get a clean sheet away at Scarborough. This is a statement that personifies our defensive heroics against Boro.

In the reverse fixture, United got a satisfying result winning 3-1 against the side from Tyneside as Kian Scales, Danny Elliott and Danny Whitehall and for our opponents Aaron Martin got himself on the scoresheet.

Similarly to our run of form, the Boro have picked up just two wins in their last eight matches, and have not had a victory in their last three, losing twice and drawing once.

In the reverse fixture, the Iron made a statement with an emphatic victory winning 4-1, Fin Shrimpton, Cameron Wilson and Danny Elliott all got on the scoresheet and the fourth goal was an own goal by Euan Mulhern, before Lewis Maloney got a consolation for Boro.


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Jimmy Dean (click here to watch on Iron Player).

Dion Sembie-Ferris (click here to watch on Iron Player).


Liam McAlinden was handed a start at the weekend, making his debut for the side, as he was a standout performer at the Flamingo Land Stadium.

On-loan Bradford City attacker Dylan Youmbi made his debut from the bench at the weekend and will be part of the squad once more. Flynn Clarke could be included for the first time after playing catch-up

Elsewhere, Jason Law and Callum Roberts are both absent through injury.


South Shields are coming off the back of two losses and the latest one coming at home to Darlington where they lost 4-0.

The Mariners' strength comes with their sharp attack with 54 goals scored, just two other teams have scored more goals than them. With an attack like South Shields, they can hurt anyone in the division and the Iron will need to be on their A game defensively once again.

South Shields' player to watch closely is Paul Blackett. The 26-year-old proven prolific striker has netted 21 times in the league, and is their top scorer. Paul spent time on the books at Newcastle United as a youngster, but got his break in professional football at Gateshead in 2019 after impressing when on trial at the club. Blackett signed for our opponents from Spennymoor Town in the summer and returned to the north-east where he has thrived.

For more information on our hosts, click here.


The referee will be Lee Hible, while the assistants are Matthew Morton and Mark Bell. There is no fourth official at this level.


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Our full record against South Shields is as follows:

LEAGUE 1 0 0
FA CUP 0 0 1
TOTAL 1 0 1

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Match Reports

Report: South Shields 2-1 Iron

20 February 2024

Scunthorpe fell to a 2-1 defeat as a result of a late winner from Newcastle United loanee Dylan Stephenson.

The Iron were in away action for the second consecutive game in the Vanarama National League North, with all arrows pointing toward a competitive Tuesday night fixture against play-off hopefuls South Shields.

In terms of team news, first team manager Jimmy Dean made two alterations to the side that settled for a 0-0 stalemate on the coast against Scarborough the previous weekend. Firstly, frontman Danny Elliott found himself inducted into the starting XI to replace United’s top goal scorer Danny Whitehall who dropped to the bench. Elsewhere relentless midfielder Tom Pugh was brought in to replace experienced creator Jacob Butterfield who dropped to the alternates. Lastly, a mention for centre-back Andrew Boyce who kept his place in the team in order to make his 100th appearance in Scunthorpe colours.

As the game got itself underway at the 1st Cloud Arena the hosts found themselves under a constant wave of early Iron pressure, with Dean’s side appearing keen to right the wrongs of previous weeks with a fast paced, energetic start.

The first noteworthy chance of the encounter was a glorious one for United, from which the marauding run of left-back Tyler Denton resulted in him forcing goalkeeper Myles Boney to crucially palm the ball back into the danger area as he frantically attempted to deal with Denton’s low drive. The rebound fell kindly to Pugh who could only bring out another inspired save from Boney.

Within the minutes that followed, Denton continued to cause further problems for the Mariners back-line as he latched onto a through ball on the edge of the area and stung a swerving effort that drifted just wide of the relieved Boney’s near post.

The hosts had been short of chances until the point of the 25th minute in the game. This was when Shields skipper Robert Briggs strode inside from the left-flank and curled a sublime effort goalward that fortunately for the Iron dropped inches wide of the far post.

Scunthorpe seemed to remain calm despite South Shield’s first sight of goal, but as the half-progressed tonight’s side in claret and blue began to gradually make more inroads into the Iron half. At one stage National League North top goal scorer Paul Blackett managed to converge onto a loose back pass sending him clear on goal. As Blackett bared down on goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons, the experienced shot stopper did just enough to force the striker wide of goal as he sent the shot flying into the side netting.

As the half came to its abrupt close, the Iron would have been more than happy with their first half display, as they’d managed to attack the Mariners defensive line with purpose but only lacking the required conviction within the final third.

The sides re-emerged from the tunnel for the second period looking to add the goals that were to be desired after the first half’s affairs.

It didn’t take long at all for the opening goal of the tie to be uncovered as within the first 15 seconds of action the hosts fired themselves into the lead. A long-lofted ball was left unchallenged on the edge of the area which allowed Broadbent to clinically lift the ball over the head of Fitzsimons and into the far corner.

The Iron - still shellshocked - sprung back into life following the goal but still managed to leave themselves exposed at the back and vulnerable to a swift Shields counterattack as Blackett was delicately slipped through on goal, but this time Fitzsimons was equal to the effort as he turned the ball away.

With plenty of time remaining Scunthorpe still appeared confident in their ability to grab an equaliser and if not for the excellent intervention of Boney it would’ve been found quickly. A deep but pinpoint cross from winger Liam McAlinden found the diving head of Boyce whose effort seemed to be coasting into the back of the net, but it was kept out incredibly by the acrobatic Boney.

With 20 minutes remaining, the Iron were in desperate need of a well-deserved equaliser and at the most important moment it was finally found. A deep cross into the area again from the trusted left-boot of McAlinden tracked the run delayed run of Dion Sembie-Ferris who was never in doubt when heading the ball gracefully into the bottom corner to draw the Iron level.

As United began to push on for the goal that would put them ahead in the game, they were again caught on the break by the relentless Mariners. Blackett was released in behind and although despite appearing that he committed a foul on the backtracking Scales play continued with Blackett teeing the ball up for Broadbent again, who drilled the ball home to regain the lead.

With time running out Scunthorpe believed they’d salvaged a valuable point with little time to spare. Another lofted cross, this time from the right-flank found the untracked run of Denton who lurked in the area and placed a header into the bottom corner, only for the celebrations to be quickly ended by the raised flag of the assistant referee.

It wasn’t to be for the Iron on the fay as they were defeated in the north-east despite a valiant performance.

IRON: Fitzsimons, Ogle, Evans, Boyce, Clunan (Clarke, 84), Elliott, McAlinden (Whitehall, 84), Pugh (Butterfield, 72), Scales, Sembie-Ferris, Denton.

IRON SUBS: Kelly, Kouogun.

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Ticket News

Next up: South Shields (A)

19 February 2024

Ticket details have now been confirmed for the Iron's trip to South Shields on Tuesday, February 20th (7.45pm kick-off).

Visiting fans will be able to buy in advance online via the general sale option but ensure that they enter via the Away Turnstiles 3 and 4 when arriving at the stadium.

Buying in advance is encouraged to reduce queuing time on the night, but fans will also be able to pay by cash or card directly on the turnstiles.

Ticket details for the game are as follows, and can be purchased here. Ticket prices will increase by £1 on the day of the game, with cash and card payments available on Turnstiles 3 and 4:

Adult £14 £16
Concessions (65+)  £9 £11
Under-16s £5 £7
12 and under £3 £5

Iron supporters are asked to enter the stadium via Turnstiles 3 and 4 on the night with the away end segregated.

Supporters wishing to book seats are asked to click on the BLACK section of the Rocket Stand.

Any fans who require disabled access for wheelchairs will need to contact the club for separate access to the viewing platform.

We will share any further relevant information in the build-up to the game.

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