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16 October 2015

Ahead of this weekend's clash with Shrewsbury Town, we look back at encounters between the two sides over the years...

It's almost ten years since the Iron's last home victory over this weekend's visitors at Glanford Park, as United ran out 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Peter Beagrie, Paul Hayes and Cleveland Taylor.

It would turn out to be a successful campaign for Brian Laws' side, as they clinched promotion to League One.

The Iron went into the game on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run, a run which was obviously extended, as they emerged victorious over the Shrews.

In terms of victories away from home against Saturday's visitors, you don't have to go too far back into the history books to find the most recent.

Leon Clarke got the winner for Alan Knill's side at the New Meadow in September 2012, to end a 34-match unbeaten home run for the hosts. It was a win which also lifted the Iron off the foot of the League One table at the time.

United most recently faced Shrewsbury during that 2012-13 season. With a clash at Glanford Park ending up 0-0, as the two side played out a dull affair in the January.

Ultimately it would be a disappointing season for the Iron, as despite Laws taking the reins once more, he couldn't prevent the club from suffering relegation to League Two.

In the recent past, United have certainly had the edge over Shrewsbury, having not suffered a defeat since the opening day of the 1998-99 Division Three season. A defeat in which Jamie Forrester found the back of the net for the Iron.

From that day onwards, United have remained unbeaten in 13 matches against this weekend's opposition. During that time there have been four draws, with the Iron being triumphant on nine occasions.
United's biggest winning margin over Shrewsbury came in December 1965, when the Iron were 4-1 winners at Gay Meadow. Ironically, Shrewsbury reversed that very scoreline when they played the return fixture at the Old Show Ground.

In terms of the all-time head-to-head record between the two sides. It's a close run thing, with the Iron edging it slightly, having managed 15 victories to Shrewsbury's 13. There have also been 11 draws in the 39 matches between both teams.

Mark Robins will be hoping that his side can preserve their unbeaten record against Shrewsbury on Saturday and also add to their tally of 15 victories in the process.

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