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Scunthorpe United U18
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Grimsby Town U18

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Under-18s preview: Grimsby Town (H)

23 April 2021

The Iron's Under-18s continue their Merit League campaign this Saturday as they host their Grimsby Town counterparts (10.30am kick-off).

Please note, in line with the current EFL COVID-19 guidelines, no spectators are permitted at these games.

SCENE-SETTER

After a four-week break with no fixtures, United commenced their Merit League fixtures with an away game at league leaders Notts County, a venue where they came from 3-0 down to win 4-3 in the league a couple of months ago. A youthful side lost 2-0 this time though.

This is the side's second of a four-game extension to the season, but despite finishing as runners-up in the regular campaign, the team aren't guaranteed to end the league in second position, with the results from the Merit League being added to the existing standings. The top five are currently playing each other once more and the bottom five playing each other once more.

The league split can be likened to the one in the Scottish Premier League, with the league effectively in two halves for the final few weeks of the season.

The Iron came into the Merit League off the back of back-to-back wins over Huddersfield Town, prior to losing against the Magpies. They won 3-1 away from home with Joey Dawson (two) and Dan Gallimore netting, while Dawson added another brace in the return fixture, with Cam Wilson also netting in the 3-2 win.

Our opponents were in pole position to win the league at one stage having not lost at all in the season until late February, but a backlog of fixtures eventually caught up with the side as they lost three games in a row, including a vital match against the eventual winners of the league in the regular season, Notts County.

The two sides have already met three times this season, with the Mariners winning each time. The first meeting was at Blundell Park in the FA Youth Cup, which Grimsby won 2-0, while Patrick Virgo netted in the away league fixture, although the Iron were edged out controversially 2-1, despite an equaliser being ruled out for offside when the flag should have remained down.

The home league meeting saw the Mariners win convincingly as they notched five goals in a horrendous 10-minute spell to win 7-2, with the Iron down to the bare bones on the day.

Grimsby come into the fixture off-the-back off a 1-1 draw away at Burton Albion.

TEAM NEWS

There were just two second year scholars in the side last time out with goalkeeper Ben Crosher and Dan Gallimore the only two included.

Gallimore was pushed back to central defence instead of his usual midfield role in the game in the absence of Oliver Kemp.

Harry Baker remains out with a knee injury, Patrick Virgo continues to miss out with a hamstring problem while it is expected the Iron will continue to go with their younger players coming through.

LAST TIME OUT (L0-2 v Notts County - Youth Alliance Merit League)

IRON: Crosher, Moore, Gallimore, Lobley, Lewis, Abraham, Cribb, Moore-Billam (Trialist A, 68), Franklin, Strouther (Sellers-Fleming, 46), Poulter.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Balme, Pike, Elliott-Bell.

LATEST RESULTS

Bradford City 0-3 Lincoln City
Burton Albion 1-1 Grimsby Town
Huddersfield Town 2-0 Doncaster Rovers

ELSEWHERE IN THE MERIT LEAGUE

Saturday
Huddersfield Town v Bradford City (11am)
Mansfield Town v Lincoln City (11am)

LEAGUE TABLE

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Match Reports

Report: Iron U18s 1-1 Grimsby Town U18s

26 April 2021

The Iron's Under-18 side gained a point at home to local rivals Grimsby Town in their latest Youth Alliance North East Merit League game on Saturday.

Jack Moore-Billam got United's goal on the day as the side came from a goal down to register a point at Brumby Hall in the second of four additional fixtures onto the end of the season.

The Iron started the game well and won the first corner after two minutes. That cross was then sent in by Ben Franklin and was cleared before the second cross into the ball looped into a dangerous area but was claimed by the visiting goalkeeper.

On four minutes, Franklin was prominent again as he saw a shot blocked before the Mariners broke quickly to win a free-kick on the edge of the box. The resultant kick was high and wide of the target.

Three minutes later, United shot stoppper Ben Crosher was called into action for the first time as a first time shot came in from the edge of the box. Crosher got down well to his right to save and hold the effort.

Less than 60 seconds later, the side were up the other end when Dan Gallimore nipped in on a loose touch before being hauled down as the defender raced to the loose ball. The resultant free-kick, taken by Franklin, was charged down by the wall.

United continued to attack and on 11 minutes won another corner on the left. Franklin and Lewis worked this one short, interchanging to get themselves into the area before Lewis' goal bound shot was blocked for another corner.

On 13 minutes, the Iron could see themselves disappointed not to be in the lead as a corner from Franklin was played short to Lewis. He curled a high, looping cross to the far post, with Oliver Lobley rising highest to bullet a header into the net, but the goal was chalked off for an adjudged infringement.

With 16 minutes gone, the Mariners were on the attack again as a left-footed shot came in from the edge of the box. The effort curled towards the top corner, but was well held by Crosher who got across to it.

A minute later, Moore-Billam and Harrison Poulter both combined, with the return ball into the box finding the latter. He connected to the ball, but saw his shot hit a defender, looping up and over the bar for a corner.

Midway through the first half, one 23 minutes, Grimsby took the lead. The ball was played across the edge of the box from left-to-right, with the overlapping full-back driving an effort across goal towards the corner. Crosher got a strong hand to save the shot, but an away player was running in to smash home the rebound.

Just after the 30-minute mark, Lewis looked to cut a low ball in from the left, but the cross was diverted out for a corner. From the resultant set-piece, the goalkeeper flapped, clattering Poulter, but play continued.

Shortly after, Lewis was involved again as he received the ball from Lobley. Lewis got half a yard inside the box on the left before clipping in a low cross, with the ball ricocheting off a defender, hitting Poulter and rolling agonising wide of the post for a goal kick.

On 34 minutes, the Iron got the equaliser they deserved when Lewis took a good first touch on the left to come inside. He passed into Moore-Billam who controlled, sidestepped his marker before driving a low effort beyond the 'keeper into the bottom right corner of the net.

The Mariners could have gone in at the break ahead still, as they seized on a loose pass on 41 minutes to fire narrowly over the bar after cutting onto the right-sided players' left foot.

Crosher was called into action once more in the half, two minutes later, as the ball was played down the right. Crosher narrowed the angle and charged down the shot before winning a goal kick following the double ricochet off the attacker.

It took until just before the hour mark for the first chance of the second half as substitute Cameron Wilson saw his free-kick over the bar on 57 minutes following a foul on Poulter.

Three minutes later, Poulter himself saw a shot blocked inside the area after he chested down a ball into him from Franklin on the edge of the box.

Grimsby's first chance of the second half came on 63 minutes as a speculative effort from range flew wide of the target.

United were awarded another free-kick in a tempting area on 65 minutes, but this time it was Lewis who failed to hit the target.

With 20 minutes later, the game threatened to get heated as Moore-Billam was on the receiving end of a high tackle. The offender was cautioned, as was another Town player, along with Scunthorpe's skipper Oliver Kemp, for a clash following the reaction to the challenge.

On 73 minutes, Lewis went close to putting the Iron ahead as he cut onto his right foot before seeing his low drive go just wide of the 'keeper's right-hand post. Soon after, Poulter saw his corner met by both an Iron player and a Grimsby player at the same time, with the effort adjudged to have gone over the bar for a goal kick.

Five minutes later, Poulter was yet again brought down on the edge of the area. Wilson's free-kick was on target, beating the wall but not the goalkeeper, who parried. The rebound saw Poulter put the ball over the bar.

With five minutes later, a long punt upfield from Crosher was allowed to bounce before being turned behind for a corner. From the resultant kick, Moore-Billam gained possession and played a one-two with Gallimore. The latter set up the ball on the edge of the box, but Moore-Billam's shot was just wide of the 'keeper's left post.

In the 89th minute, the final chance of the game, Lewis' free-kick into the area was headed wide of the target by Moore-Billam.

IRON: Crosher, Moore, Lewis, Franklin (Pike, 84), Kemp, Lobley, Abraham (Wilson, 55), Moore-Billam, Strouther (Trialist A, 64), Poulter, Gallimore.

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Balme.

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