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24 July 2015

The Iron host Bolton Wanderers at Glanford Park on Friday as they build for the start of the League One campaign (7.45pm kick-off).

The season start is only a couple of weeks away and Neil Lennon’s Championship side will provide strong opposition for United, who will be playing at Glanford Park for the first time this season.

Bolton will be hoping for a positive performance to lead into the new season, following a disappointing campaign last time around.

Jamie Ness was substituted with a knock at Hartlepool on Tuesday, with Mark Robins saying it was just a precautionary move.

The remainder of the squad will be hoping for more minutes to catch the eye with the new season looming.

Hakeeb Adelakun will miss out for Scunthorpe, but Robins hopes that the young winger will be fit again for the start of the season.

A lot of hope is being pinned to young attacker Zach Clough, who broke into the first team last season and made an instant impression.

The striker found the net six times in ten matches, before a shoulder injury sustained against Reading cut his season short in March.

Clough has been with the club since the age of eight and has progressed his way through the ranks, and will be hoping to continue the form he showed last season.

Neil Lennon will hope the youngster can chip in with valuable goals, with Eiður Guðjohnsen and Adam Le Fondre no longer at the club.

The 20-year-old can handle the pressure though, putting in a man of the match performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup last season, winning a penalty for his side.

His manager has described him as a “special player” and has been linked with Manchester United over the summer, but Bolton will hope to keep their young striker at the club.

You have to go all the way back to 2001 when the two teams last faced each other, with Bolton running out 5-1 winners in an FA Cup fourth round tie.

The game remained scoreless for just under half an hour, until Dean Holdsworth netted a quick brace to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.

Alex Calvo-Garcia pulled one back just minutes later for the Iron to take United into the break just a goal down, but Bolton showed their quality after the break.

Holdsworth completed his treble two minutes after the interval, before Kevin Nolan added a further two goals for the hosts to wrap up a comfortable victory.

Wanderers went on to achieve promotion to the Premiership in that campaign, while the Iron finished tenth in the Third Division, seven points off the play-offs.

Ticket prices for the Iron’s pre-season home game against Bolton Wanderers have now been confirmed.


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