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17 July 2014

Following the 3-1 victory over Bottesford Town on Wednesday evening, Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox has issued an injury update.

Two first team players were omitted from the squad for the game.

David Mirfin and Terry Hawkridge were both absent at Birch Park with knee injuries, meaning that they missed out on game time.

Wilcox was disappointed that neither could play a part and is yet to put a time scale on when the pair could be back.

He told The Iron Player: “Mirfin has just got a little issue in his knee.

“He’s going to see somebody on Friday and hopefully get that cleared up and see what the situation is so fingers crossed it’s nothing too serious.

“And then the other was Terry, he just opened his knee up a little bit in training on Wednesday and didn’t make the second half team.

“He warmed up, felt it again and did the right thing by dropping out.

“We’ve got three and a half weeks left yet until the start of the season so fingers crossed we’ll have those two back soon.

“We were hoping that Terry would have been fit for the Bottesford game so we’re hoping it’s just a case of a few days for him but we’re not sure about David Mirfin. We’re just hoping that we get good results come Friday.”

The fixture marked the first appearances of United’s three new signings in Iron shirts as Wilcox’s men ran out 3-1 winners.

Jennison Myrie-Williams and Neal Bishop played in the first half whilst Lyle Taylor was part of the team in the second period and Wilcox was impressed with the performances of all three.

“I thought the three new signings stood out,” he continued.

“I thought Jennison looked big, powerful, quick and he’s got good feet.

“He’s had two terrific seasons for Port Vale and I think he showed against Bottesford what a good athlete he is.

“He gets on the ball, he can go both ways, he can play both sides and he can play up front and I was really pleased with him.

“Bish dictated play and passed the ball and moved it and Lyle came on too and he’s strong, quick and powerful so the three new lads did well along with the rest of the group.”

Another player to don Scunthorpe colours for the first time as a full professional was Academy graduate Curtis Bateson.

He benefitted from Terry Hawkridge’s late withdrawal and played 45 minutes as part of the second half side and Wilcox admits that he too has impressed during pre-season so far.

He added: “I’ve been impressed with Curtis.

“It’s his first year as a pro, he’s settled well into the group as a lad as well, not just as a player, and again he gives us options.

“He’s a centre forward and we know that but he can play on the right, on the left or off the striker and he showed good quality tonight.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox, Paddy Madden and Curtis Bateson on The Iron Player.

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