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23 September 2023 Venue Victory Park Attendance

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Preview: Chorley (A)

22 September 2023

The Iron head back on the road this weekend, with focus switching back to the Vanarama National League North, with Chorley the opponents at Victory Park (3pm kick-off).

United come into the game off the back of elimination from the Emirates FA Cup in midweek, but the side are three matches unbeaten in the league.


Ticket details can be found by clicking here. The game is ONLINE only for away supporters. There will be no in-person sales on the day.


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

Tyler Denton (click here to read | click here to watch on Iron Player).


Kian Scales will serve the final of a three-match ban following his sending off at Alfreton Town right at the start of the month.

United are counting their injuries from Tuesday, but expect Maxim Kouogun to be available, despite being substituted off in midweek. Dion Sembie-Ferris (ankle ligaments) looks set for a sustained spell on the sidelines, while Michael Kelly has been rated 50-50.

Reagan Ogle will continue to miss out with an intercostal cartilege issue, while captain Michael Clunan and Jason Law continue their recoveries. Callum Roberts underwent successful surgery last Thursday and is on the road to recovery.

Elsewhere, Alfie Beestin is still missing, while Tom Pugh is available for selection.


Chorley, like the Iron, had an Emirates FA Cup replay in midweek, but they triumphed 3-1 over Runcorn Linnets to make the next stage of the competition.

Including that, the side have been in a rich vein of form, beating Curzon Ashton, Bishop's Stortford, Southport and King's Lynn in recent games, only losing to Tamworth as their only defeat in the last seven.

For more information on our hosts, click here.


The referee will be George Laflin, assisted by James Naisbett and Thomas Harland. There is no fourth official at this level.


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Our full record against Chorley is as follows:

LEAGUE 0 0 0

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Match Reports

Report: Chorley 1-1 Iron

23 September 2023

Scunthorpe were forced to battle hard after being reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes of action, plus stoppage time remaining, holding Chorley to a 1-1 draw at Victory Park.

Following Tuesday night's defeat on the road to Brackley Town in an FA Cup Second Qualifying Round replay, Jimmy Dean’s Iron side returned their focus to the league in which they faced a high-flying Chorley side at Victory Park.

Scunthorpe reverted back to the team that drew 0-0 against Brackley a week ago, with talisman Danny Whitehall coming in to lead the line ahead of Richie Bennett. In other team news Dion Sembie-Ferris picked up an injury during Tuesday night’s encounter and as a result was replaced on the bench by workhorse midfielder Tom Pugh.

Captain Jacob Butterfield got the game underway for the Iron, but was met with an onslaught of early Magpies pressure which almost resulted in the ties first goal from its vey first opportunity. The hosts' floated corner found the head of vastly experienced centre-back Mark Ellis whose header went soaring just wide of goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons’ goal.

The hosts' early intent of turning over United showed no sign of slowing down when with 11 minutes played another corner was met by a Chorley man whose flick on found Ellis again who was waiting patiently at the back post. However, this time his effort didn’t worry Fitzsimons who caught the ball effortlessly.

As the half progressed, Scunthorpe had seemed to have shaken into life preventing the Magpies from making anymore advances. That was until winger Justin Johnson latched quickly onto a loose ball for the hosts, however ever present left back Tyler Denton tracked back well, stopping any form of shot which allowed Fitzsimons to come out and claim.

Another opportunity soon presented itself to the hosts after former Manchester United youngster Johnson broke in behind and sent a ball fizzing across the area which found the boot of Jack Hazlehurst. The effort was struck cleanly and was seemingly heading goalward until Max Kouogun threw his head toward the ball, diverting it away from the goal and saving the Iron’s woes.

As half-time approached, the Iron seemingly turned up the intensity and, after a sustained period of pressure in the Chorley half, the home side would live to regret their missed chances. United punished their inability to clear their defensive lines as inform striker Danny Elliot’s extraordinary leap allowed him to meet Shrimpton’s cross, with his header flying past Matt Urwin between the posts, making the score 1-0 going into the break.

When referee George Laflin’s whistle blew for the beginning of the second half, the Iron knew despite being ahead there was plenty of work to be done in order to take all three points back to Lincolnshire.

Straight after kick-off, United’s lead was pegged back through Johnson after he robbed Kouogun of possession and slotted the ball beneath Fitzsimons levelling the scores.

With 52 minutes of the tie played, Kouogun was forced off with a knock and was substituted for centre-back Andrew Boyce. Soon after Boyce’s introduction, he almost found himself on the scoresheet after he arrived late to meet a Butterfield corner, turning the ball goalward but found himself denied by his own man in Elliott who was unable to get out of the way.

With less than half an hour remaining, the Iron were reduced to 10-men, as Will Evans was shown yellow for the second time after Ellis went to ground holding his already bandaged head. The decision was met by and abundance of uproar from United’s bench and all the travelling fans.

The home side's man advantage had fast become apparent, as wave after wave was of Chorley attack was halted by the strong-willed defensive partnership of Boyce and debutant Ross Barrows. The closest the Magpies came to finding an equaliser arrived with three minutes of normal time to go when a dangerous long-ranged strike from Harvey Smith whistled just wide of an unphased Fitzsimons' far post.

Despite the referee’s nine minutes of allocated added time, Smith’s long-range effort was the encounter's last notable action, as the Iron fought tirelessly to earn a point on the road against a well-oiled Chorley outfit.

Now Jimmy Dean’s squad look ahead to the replay of the previously abandoned fixture against Buxton at Glanford Park.

IRON: Fitzsimons, Kelly, Kouogun (Boyce, 52), Evans, Elliott, Wilson, Butterfield (Barrows, 72), Shrimpton, Denton, Whitehall (Pugh, 87).

IRON SUBS: Smith, Bennett.

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Ticket News

Online only tickets available for away supporters at Chorley

22 September 2023

United turn their attentions back to the Vanarama National League North this Saturday, as they head on the road again, this time facing Chorley (3pm kick-off).

Please note, this game is segregated. Tickets are available online via Chorley's website. You can purchase your tickets by clicking here.

This game is ALL-TICKET. There will be no sales for away supporters in person on the day of the game, but online sales will remain in place.

Chorley play at Victory Park. Iron fans have been allocated 450 covered standing, 650 uncovered standing and 80 seated tickets, which Chorley intend to allocate on a need basis. Please consider whether you need a seated ticket when purchasing, or whether to save this for an elderly or disabled supporter.

Ticket details for the game are as follows:

Adult £14 £18
Concessions (65+) £11 £15
Under-17 £5 £7
Under-12 FREE* FREE*
*FREE with a paying adult
Disabled supporters pay their relevant admission price. Carers are free but these are only available via email or at the ticket office in person.

Entry to the ground is via Pilling Lane turnstiles at the south end of the ground

Parking: Chorley have very limited availability for fans parking at the ground and these are first come first served basis charged at £10. There is some on street parking available, but Chorley would advise town centre car parks on George Street and Fleet Street which are approximately five minutes away via foot to the ground.

Chorley Railway Station and the Bus Station are both 0.6m from the ground.

Chorley FC are also in discussions with their local Morrisons Store who let us use part of their car park for bigger games, but at the time of writing, they are still waiting for confirmation.

Coach parking can be mad available on Brindle Street which is a short walk to the Pilling Lane entrance, if you let me know if any coaches are travelling & how many I can make arrangements to get spaces saved for them

Programme: These are given out free on the dayRefreshments: There will be bar & food facilities available in the visitors section of the ground.

We will share any further relevant information handed to us by our hosts as we get closer to matchday.

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