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2-5
23 October 2019 Venue Birkdale Park Attendance Referee Ryan Boult

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

Bottesford Town
2 - 5
Scunthorpe United

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Match Previews

Under-23s Preview: Bottesford Town (A)

23 October 2019

Technically a home fixture, but fundamentally an away match, Russ Wilcox will take his Under-23s side to Birkdale Park for an encounter against Bottesford Town as the local side unveil their new LED floodlights (kick-off 7.45pm).

Club News

Under-23s to face Bottesford Town to unveil new floodlights at Birkdale Park(2)

23 October 2019

SCENE-SETTER

The Iron's Under-23s head into the encounter off the back of a 3-1 defeat against Port Vale Reserves at Vale Park in the Central League Cup.

In that game, minutes were handed to the likes of Andy Butler, Andy Dales and Jacob Bedeau, but on this occasion only the latter player is expected to feature as he makes another comeback following an injury set-back.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Monday, first team manager Paul Hurst alluded to the potential returns of John McAtee (shoulder) and Jordan Hallam (ankle) with both expected to feature in the game.

Hurst may also opt to hand Wilcox forward player Abo Eisa as he bids to stay match sharp following just one substitute appearance this month, which saw him score a dramatic late equaliser at Home Park against Plymouth Argyle.

Elsewhere, Jack Lambert could also make an appearance after resuming full training following an ankle injury. Omar Sanyang (ankle / leg) remains sidelined.

LAST LINE-UP

IRON: Kelsey, Horsfield, Bedeau (O’Malley, 74), Hornshaw, Cummings (Rowe, 55), Butler, Butroid, Pugh, Potts (Jessop, 55), Ben El-Mhanni, Dales.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Wilson, Collins.

Admission will be in line with Bottesford Town's standard NCEL prices which are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, while under-16s are free.

As per the two clubs' agreement for U23 games at Birkdale Park, all of the Iron’s 12th Man holders to gain admission to Birkdale Park for their NCEL fixtures for just £3 provided they show their season ticket card on entry.

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Match Reports

Report: Bottesford Town 2-5 Iron U23s

23 October 2019

An entertaining encounter finished in 2-5 victory for the Iron U23s. United netted four goals in an assured first half; Jai Rowe bagging a brace, along with goals from Clayton Lewis and Jo Cummings.

Lewis Butroid added to the score-line in the second half but Bottesford got two back at Birkdale Park.

The Iron started brightly, mounting an attack in the second minute. Winning back possession in the middle of the park, Harry Jessop latched onto Jordan Hallam’s pass but was stopped in his tracks with a challenge by a Bottesford player.

Hallam looked dangerous again, testing the hosts’ ‘keeper after some good work from Abo Eisa, but the shot-stopper was equal to it.

With 13 minutes on the watch, the Iron were awarded a free-kick out on the right for a foul on John McAtee. Clayton Lewis stepped up and put the Iron a goal to the good as he blasted the powerful set-piece into the roof of the net.

Shortly after, McAtee almost got one of his own. The striker appeared to have beat the offside trap before the flag was raised and the ‘keeper made the save.

From another set piece, Eisa fired high and wide of the target from the perimeter of the box, with 18 minutes played.

The young Iron side did double their lead, three minutes later. Jessop’s effort from range was deflected behind and Jo Cummings made it 0-2 from the resulting corner, losing his marker and heading home at the back post.

United laid siege to the opposition goal as Jessop connected with Jai Rowe’s cross but skewed the shot narrowly wide.

Bottesford managed to clear from an Iron corner. Rowe’s teasing ball picked out Butroid but the hosts got it away.

However, in the 28th minute, the Iron added a third. Rowe nodded home from Lewis’ corner. It evaded Jessop but the defender converted the delivery into the gaping goal.

The ball was in the back of the net once more on the half hour mark. Eisa let fly from 18-yards which was parried out to Hallam who gobbled up the rebound but the latter was adjudged to be offside.

There was a fourth with ten minutes until the half-time whistle. Rowe was at the double for the Iron after Lewis Butroid found Mason O’Malley who crossed for Rowe with a pinpoint delivery to make it 0-4.

Butroid was denied five minutes later, the ‘keeper diving off to his left to keep the full-back out.

With Iron players queuing up to get on the scoresheet, McAtee drew another save from the goalie. Spinning and shooting on the edge of the area, the ‘keeper got a touch to push the ball around the post.

The Iron made a handful of changes after the interval, with five substitutes coming on for the second period.

One of those replacements, Tom Pugh, spearheaded an attack early in the second half. The Welsh U21 international watched his low effort fizz just wide of the upright.

Ten minutes into the second half, Tom Collins made his first save of the game, with Jacob Bedeau and Cummings averting the danger from the follow up.

George Hornshaw almost netted from a corner, but directed his header straight at the Bottesford goalie.

On 64 minutes, Bottesford clawed a goal back. The opposition number eight took aim from distance with an effort that crept into the bottom corner to make it 1-4.

The Iron made it 1-5 with 73 minutes gone in a good move. Lambert stole possession from a Bottesford defender and squared to Butroid who was on hand to convert the cross.

Two minutes later, Bottesford scored their second goal of the game from close range to make it 2-5.

With 12 minutes to go, the Iron should have been 2-6 up. Potts did brilliantly, going solo, bursting through on goal and rounding the ‘keeper but his shot took a nick off a Bottesford defender and came back off the post.

Moments later, the home ‘keeper saved with his feet from Jessop and then Reon Potts from the edge of the box. The former’s rebound smashed off the crossbar but the forward was in an offside position. The seven-goal thriller ended 2-5 to the Iron.

IRON U23s: Collins (Chapman 79'), Rowe, O’Malley, Lewis (Pugh 45’), Cummings, Bedeau, Butroid, McAtee (Hornshaw 45’), Jessop (Potts 45’), Hallam (Lambert 45’ (Jessop 79'), Eisa (Ben El-Mhanni 45’).

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