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16 October 2015

The Iron welcome Shrewsbury Town to Glanford Park on Saturday and will be looking to make it three consecutive wins.

Mark Robins’ side secured an impressive 4-2 win at Oldham last time out, and will be in confident mood going into the game.

Shrewsbury head into the match on the back of an impressive comeback win against Colchester, winning 4-2 having trailed by two goals.

The Iron and Shrewsbury have identical league records so far, with the Shrews ahead by the virtue of a superior goal difference. 

A win would see the Iron leapfrog their opponents and potentially close the gap between themselves and the League One play-offs.

Luke Williams will hope to be back in contention for the clash with Shrewsbury after coming through another development game during the week.

The game will probably prove too soon for Jamie Ness, who has been out with a hamstring injury.

Long-term absentees Stephen Dawson and Niall Canavan will continue to miss out.

Striker James Collins will be looking to carry over his impressive form from last season to help guide the Shrews to a successful campaign this time around.

He notched 17 times as Shrewsbury secured promotion to League One in what is now his second spell with his club.

Collins started his career with Aston Villa, but failed to make an impact at the Premier League outfit and forcing him to move away.

Successful loan spells at Darlington and Burton Albion saw him make a move to Shrewsbury, where he embarked on the first spell of his career.

Two productive seasons with the Shrews followed, earning him a move to League One side Swindon Town in 2012, where he was prolific.

After one season in Wiltshire, Collins moved to Scottish side Hibernian, but could not replicate his form at Swindon.

The striker moved back to Shrewsbury after the single season in Scotland and spearheaded their promotion last season, and will hope to continue that form into this campaign.

This will be the first time that the two sides have met since the 2012/13 season when the teams played out a 0-0 draw.

The Iron had a lot of possession and chances in the League One encounter, but were unable to find a way through a resolute Shrewsbury defence.

Chris Weale had an inspired game in goal for the visitors, denying United on several occasions as they pushed for a winner.

The Iron went to suffer relegation that campaign, finishing in 21st place and three points off safety.

This fixture is one that the Iron have historically performed well in though and they find themselves unbeaten in 13 meetings.

The last Shrewsbury success in this encounter came back in August 1998 when they won 2-1 at home. 

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