Scunthorpe United’s youth team got back to winning ways, convincingly beating Chesterfield 6-1.The game, played away from home in Chesterfield on Saturday (April 5), was largely in the balance at the break, but six goals followed in the second period, rounding off an eventual resounding win.
Kyle Wootton grabbed a brace of strikes, while Emilio Oliver-Stothard, Noel Burdett, Jack Mawson and an own goal gave the Iron youngsters their victory as they look to round of the season in style.
After a few chances in the first half in which the visitors hit the post and forced the home shotstopper into a few good saves, the Spireites were also unfortunate not to go into the break ahead – spurning their chances in front of goal.
The 40th minute brought the first goal, sending United into the break a goal up. Levi Sutton played a perfect cross-field ball to Kyle Wootton, who took it expertly on the run in one touch. The tall striker then struck the ball 20 yards from goal with his weaker left foot – with the ball finding its way past the Chesterfield goalkeeper.
Ten minutes after half time, that lead was doubled. Reece Mosanya showed brilliant work on the left wing, crossing for Wootton. His shot gave the same result, with the effort flying into the bottom corner to double the visitor’s advantage.
Two minutes later and the game was arguably beyond the hosts, through all their own doing. In an unfortunate error a backpass to the last line of defence was missed by the home goalkeeper; leaving the ball to carry on en route to goal – registering as an own goal from the defender playing the backpass.
On the hour though, Chesterfield thwarted the Iron’s clean sheet. A corner came into the box, with the home player firing a header high into the roof of the net.
That three goal advantage was restored on 68 minutes, courtesy of Emilio Oliver-Stothard. It was he who received a pass from Levi Sutton before he struck the ball across the goalkeeper with his right foot, perfectly finding the opposite corner to make it 4-1.
Four minutes later the scoreline got better for Scunthorpe. This time it was Noel Burdett’s turn to get his name on the scoresheet, going clean through and rounding the Spireites shotstopper and firing into an empty net from a tight angle.
The scoring was completed on the 80th minute, with substitute Jack Mawson – returning from injury – struck home from six yards out after more good work from Mosanya saw his cross come into the box.
Coach Paul Harsley said: “It was very pleasing to get back to winning ways, but I never had any complaints after the defeat last time out as the lads have worked really hard – especially given the numbers.”
“The win against Chesterfield was another great team effort and we hope we can continue that into the final two games of the season.”
IRON TEAM: Weaver, Cowling, Smythe, Purdue, Hare, Cleminshaw, Oliver-Stothard, Sutton (Dean-Atkinson 78), Wootton (Mawson 70), Burdett, Mosanya.
SUBS NOT USED: Ledger.