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Scunthorpe United U18
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Mansfield Town U18

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Match Previews

Under-18s preview: Mansfield Town (H)

23 October 2020

Attention turns back to the Youth Alliance League this Saturday, as the Iron's Under-18s take on Mansfield Town at home (11am kick-off).

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

SCENE-SETTER

United lost 4-1 last weekend against Lincoln City at Brumby Hall in the Youth Alliance Cup, with Harry Lewis scoring the Iron's goal to make it two-in-two.

The side, however, still boast a 100 per cent record in the league with two wins from their two games so far this season.

The Stags come into the game following a 2-0 home defeat against Burton Albion last weekend in the Youth Alliance Cup. 

Mansfield are sixth in the league with two wins from three so far this campaign, joint on points with the Iron, Rotherham United and Lincoln City. The Millers and Scunthorpe are the two sides on 100 per cent records, as are Grimsby Town, but the Mariners have only played one game.

TEAM NEWS

The Iron's Under-18s continue to have Under-15s and Under-16s in the group to supplement a smaller squad of scholars this season.

Under-16s players Harry Griffin and Harry Elliott-Bell were both used substitutes last weekend, while second year scholar Patrick Virgo and first year scholar Jack Moore-Billam also came off the bench last weekend after recovering from illnesses that kept them sidelined against Bradford City a fortnight ago. Oliver Kemp and Ethan Young, the other two absentees through illness, made the starting eleven.

Goalkeeper Ben Crosher is back in the squad following an injury and he also got 15 minutes on the pitch last weekend.

Elsewhere, first-year Ben Franklin still misses out as he recovers from an ankle ligament injury, while Oliver Lobley has missed the latest action with a stomach injury.

LAST TIME OUT (L1-4 v Lincoln City)

IRON: Balme (Crosher, 75), Baker, Moore (Elliott-Bell, 72), Kemp, Young, Lewis, Gallimore, Wilson (Moore-Billam, 72), Cribb (Griffin, 72), Dawson, Wilkinson (Virgo, 72).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS (YOUTH ALLIANCE CUP NORTH)

Port Vale 1-2 Rotherham United
Preston North End 0-1 Bolton Wanderers
Mansfield Town 0-2 Burton Albion
Salford City 5-0 Accrington Stanley
Shrewsbury Town 3-0 Notts County

THIS WEEKS FIXTURES (YOUTH ALLIANCE LEAGUE NORTH EAST)

Bradford City v Huddersfield Town (11am)
Burton Albion v Grimsby Town (11am)
Notts County v Doncaster Rovers (11am)
Lincoln City v Rotherham United (11am)

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Match Reports

Report: Iron U18s 3-2 Mansfield Town U18s

27 October 2020

The Iron's academy side made it three Youth Alliance League wins out of three as they beat their Mansfield Town counterparts 3-2 at Brumby Hall on Saturday.

Patrick Virgo, Dan Gallimore and Joey Dawson all netted in the victory which puts the side joint top of the league with nine points out of a possible nine, with Lincoln City marginally ahead on goal difference - although the Imps have played five games.

Academy Manager Tony Daws said: "We saw an excellent performance from the boys, particularly in the first-half where we quickly gained the momentum and created a number of goal scoring opportunities which should have put the game beyond our opponents by half-time.

"After going 2-1 up, we dominated the rest of the first-half, creating numerous opportunities. In all honesty, we were disappointed that we didn’t score more goals.

"It was a very good performance and result from our players and although the season is still in its early stages, it puts us in to a very good position in the league."

The young side welcomed back Oliver Lobley and Ben Franklin back into the squad following lengthy injury absences for the duo.

Mansfield were quickest out of the blocks and took an early lead after just two minutes when a throw in on the right side was played short before being returned to the thrower. The cross was cleared by Gallimore but the ball was sent back high into the area with interest with the ball landing on the head of a Stags player before being nodded in from close range.

The home side responded very promptly and levelled the scores just three minutes later. Cameron Wilson sent in a left-sided corner which was headed away at the front post by the Stags before Gallimore headed the ball back into the six-yard box. Ethan Young looked to help the ball on before the ball was allowed to bounce, while Oliver Kemp went for the spectacular overhead kick, but just as he was midair, Virgo nodded the ball into the net.

United would then go ahead for the first time soon after with just 11 minutes on the clock. The home side were awarded a free-kick 30-yards from goal. The wall initially did its job, charging down a low free-kick from Wilson, but the ball spun right to Gallimore who hit his effort low, across goal and into the corner of the net.

From there, it was a dominant first-half performance from the home side, with no fewer than 10 shots heading towards the Mansfield goal, six of which were on target. United were thwarted from adding to their 2-1 scoreline though, and went in at the interval with just a single goal lead.

The Iron's third goal was sublime, with the side turning defence promptly into attack in the 69th minute with Mansfield searching for an equaliser. Wilson intercepted a loose ball and played one pass down the right side of the attacking half. Dawson peeled away from his marker to latch onto the ball before the forward spotted the Stags goalkeeper off his line and took an effort first time from 30 yards, lifting the ball over the shot stopper before seeing the shot nestle in the net making it five goals for the campaign for the 17-year-old.

The Stags narrowed the deficit back to one goal with seven minutes remaining when play came down the right side before a cross was taken down neatly on the right side of the six-yard box before an effort was drilled low and hard across goal.

Despite Mansfield throwing bodies forward in the final minutes of proceedings, Scunthorpe would hold on and remain resoluter to take all three points.

IRON: Balme, Baker, Dawson (Cribb, 79), Gallimore, Kemp, Lewis (Lobley, 54), Moore-Billam (Franklin, 54), Virgo, Wilson, Young, Moore.

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Crosher, Elliott-Bell.

The side are next in action on Tuesday when they travel to face Grimsby Town in the first round of the FA Youth Cup. The match will be played behind-closed-doors at Blundell Park (2.00pm kick-off).

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