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28 July 2012

An early second half strike from substitute Bobby Grant was enough to hand the Iron a 1-0 victory against a resolute Halifax Town.

Grant latched onto a Callum Kennedy cross field pass to calmly lob the ball over the Shaymen's goalkeeper to give the Iron a third pre-season victory.

Despite the Iron coming up on top, the Shaymen can count themselves a little unlucky not to register on the scoresheet, with Halifax coming close on a number of chances in the first half.

The Iron lined up for the clash with three changes from Tuesday’s 2-0 to Grimsby.

Coming in for United were trialists Yami Cadamerie, Connor Jennings and Robbie Gibbons. Making way for the trio where Niall Canavan, Bobby Grant and Josh Walker.

In goal was Sam Slocombe with a defence of Christian Ribeiro, Cadamerie, Tom Newey and Callum Kennedy protecting the Iron keeper.

Midfield consisted of Andy Barcham, Gibbons, Jimmy Ryan and Mark Duffy leaving a front two of Mike Grella and Jennings.

The substitutes' bench meanwhile was made up of James Severn, Niall Canavan, Matty Godden, Eugen Bopp, Callum Howe. Niall Wellington and Brian Smikle, both trialists with Scunthorpe, also featured amongst the United substitutes.

Jennings had the Iron’s first effort on goal after ten minutes. A neat interchange between Ryan and Grella on the edge of the box eventually saw the ball threaded through to the striker on the penalty spot.

A heavy touch though by Jennings cost him an effort at goal and was quickly blocked by the defender.

Halifax threatened the Iron’s goal for the first time in the 13th minute but Rainford could only drag his shot a few yards wide of Slocombe’s right hand post.

Paul Marshall was next to test the Iron’s number one but his whipped effort at goal from a dead ball was easily caught.

Marshall tested Slocombe again in the 35th minute. Picking the ball up on the edge of the box, the striker turned one player before trying a delicate right footed chip over the Iron keeper.

Slocombe though was equal to the shot and tipped the ball over for a corner.

Four minutes later it was Rainford who nearly opened the scoring for the Shaymen. After dispossessing Gibbons on halfway, Hogan played the ball through to Rainford down the left. Approaching the Iron goal with only Cadamerie to beat the winger cut in onto his left before curling an effort around Slocombe only to go a couple of yards wide of the post.

Just before half time the Iron where forced into a substitution when Cadamerie was withdrew from the game with an injury. Coming on in his place was Canavan.

Scunthorpe made a solitary substitution at half time when Grella was replaced by Grant.

It was Grant who had the Iron’s first chance of the half a couple of minutes in.

After winning a free kick on the edge of the box, the striker curled his effort towards the keepers right hand post. Fortunately for Halifax though his effort had just too much curl and cleared the post by a couple of yards.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, the Iron made their next substitutions. Making way for the Iron were Ribeiro and Duffy. Coming on in their place were Godden and Bopp.

The Iron took the lead in the 67th minute through substitute Grant. A crossfield ball from Kennedy put Grant through on goal just inside the box with only the keeper to beat. After letting the ball drop Grant casually lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper to give United the lead.

Gregory should have equalled proceedings three minutes later. A deflected cross from Toulson found Gregory unmarked in the box. The big striker though could only angle his header onto the roof of the net and should have done better.

The Iron made their next changes straight after with the introductions of trialists Wellington and Smikle. Making way for the pair were Kennedy and Barcham.

A long range effort from Seddon from the edge of the box was next to threaten the Iron goal but despite getting enough power on his shot to beat Slocombe he was unable to creep his effort inside the post.

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