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17 May 2016

We continue looking back at the 2015/16 season in what was a busy pre-season for the Iron...

A return to pre-season training at the start of July following testing the week before led the squad into a highly intensive period which included a week's training in Marbella.

GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 0-3 IRON (Boyce, 61, Williams, 85, Madden, (pen) 90)
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Less than a day before the players headed out of the country to Marbella, they took on local side Gainsborough Trinity and were made to wait until beyond the hour mark to break the firm resistance of the hosts at the Northolme.

Andrew Boyce fired home the opener from a Gary McSheffrey corner, before Luke Williams fired past Jan Butz following another McSheffrey assist. Paddy Madden would complete the scoring from the spot after Williams was felled just before the final whistle.

For reaction to the Iron's trip to Marbella, click here.

The Iron spent seven days in the southern Spanish city, before returning for the rest of their pre-season schedule ahead of their SkyBet League One campaign. 

Speaking ahead of the trip, manager Mark Robins said: "We will get as much football into the week as we possibly can do and then as soon as we get back the games start. We’re hoping to get everything into the next week. We will be training in the heat, getting some work into the legs in those circumstances, some togetherness and team spirit into us. 

"We will make sure that we have a really good week in terms of graft and getting miles into the legs."

TIME TO GEL: The Iron players stand as one prior to their first pre-season game against Gainsborough, just hours before flying out to Marbella.

MIDDLESBROUGH (Leadbitter, 82) 1-1 IRON (Burns, (og) 6)
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Against a team that were preparing for a campaign challenging for promotion to the Premier League in the blistering Spanish heat, the Iron held their own and grabbed a well-earned draw against Middlesbrough.

The Iron went ahead early on following a cross into the box from McSheffrey, with Jonathan Burns turning the ball into his own net. Boro had chances to level, most notably from the penalty spot, but Lee Tomlin's effort was saved by Joe Anyon. 

The leveller did come eight minutes from time as the defence cleared as far as Grant Leadbitter, who fired the ball into the top corner of the net.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED 0-4 IRON (Madden, 10, 16, 54, Williams, 53)
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Paddy Madden stole the show at Victoria Park with a hat-trick in what was an assured performance following the Iron's return from Marbella.

It could have been 3-0 to Scunthorpe by the time Madden got going, clinically firing home a quick double inside sixteen minutes.

That 2-0 scoreline was doubled in the space of sixty seconds in the second half when Williams fired home a free kick before Madden connected to a cross from Jordan Clarke to head in a fourth.

IRON (Madden, (pen) 50) 1-1 BOLTON WANDERERS (Vela, 2)
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Championship side Bolton arrived at Glanford Park for the first-ever time, with United earning another respectable draw against a team from a division higher.

Josh Vela put the visitors ahead after just two minutes, but five minutes into the second half, Madden dispatched a penalty following a foul on Stephen Dawson.

LINCOLN UNITED (McGovern, 60, Ruthven, 68) 2-5 IRON (McAllister, 13, Wootton, 38, 89, Burdett, 61, van Veen, 75)
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Scunthorpe progressed to the semi-finals of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup following a 5-2 victory less than 24-hours after the 1-1 draw with Bolton.

Kyle Wootton grabbed a brace, while Kevin van Veen, Sean McAllister and second year scholar Noel Burdett getting the other goals.

IRON (Madden, 13, 23, van Veen, 66, Wootton, 90) 4-2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (Nuhui, 12, Matias, 21)
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Arguably the pick of the performances in pre-season came when United overhauled the Championship Owls at Glanford Park.

Madden took his tally in pre-season to seven goals, while Kevin van Veen and Kyle Wootton both notched, with the Iron coming from behind twice to secure victory.

MADDEN ON FIRE: The Irishman nets against Sheffield Wednesday at Glanford Park, taking his tally up to eight for pre-season.

NOTTS COUNTY (Jenner, 45) 1-2 IRON (Henderson, 61, Dyche, 81)
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United fell behind just before the interval, but came to life in the second half to maintain their unbeaten record in pre-season.

Darius Henderson netted the equaliser before Jack Dyche fired home the winner nine minutes from time in what would be the start of a whirlwind twenty-four hours for the second year scholar.


Luke Williams - undisclosed from Middlesbrough (July 2, 2015)
Jamie Ness - free transfer from Stoke City (July 10, 2015)
Darius Henderson - free transfer from Leyton Orient (July 24, 2015)


Lyle Taylor - undisclosed fee to AFC Wimbledon (July 14, 2015)


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