The Iron's U18 side drew 2-2 away at their Chesterfield counterparts on Wednesday night.It was an impressive United performance against a strong forward-thinking Spireites side, in a rich vein of form and in windy conditions on a heavy pitch.
"We're very proud of the lads, the performance was fantastic really," said academy manager Tony Daws.
Chesterfield took the lead after 15 minutes but Scunthorpe weathered the pressure and regrouped at half-time, before going on to have the better of the second half.
They levelled after a lovely diagonal ball from Sonny Shilling found Jack Dyche on the left-hand side and, with his back to goal, he took the ball down and took it while moving to volley diagonally beyond the goalkeeper and into his far corner.
Jack Dyche scored the Iron's first goal.
United went 2-1 down with ten minutes to go. "But the lads have such great attitude and self-belief, and showed a real never-say-die attitude," added Daws.
The Iron scored their equaliser with three minutes remaining. It came from a Lewis Butroid corner which whipped into the back of the net at the far post. Daws said: "I think he meant it!"
"With a little bit more quality around the box we probably could have won the game," he continued.
"Chesterfield are beating everybody at the moment though and have scored 45 goals in 17 games.
"All in all, it was a really good performance and the lads thoroughly deserved a point because they played well."
United started the game with two U16 boys who are joining the team in July as full time apprentices (Kane Bartholomew and George Hornshaw). Ewan Train and David Barber, both U16's, came on in the last 15 minutes of the game too, so the Iron finished the game with four U16s on the pitch.
IRON TEAM: Parker, Shilling, Bartholomew, Dean-Atkinson, Cleminshaw, Butroid, Hornshaw, Sithole, Dyche, Sackey, Burdett.
USED SUBS: Barber, Train.
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