The Iron's Under-18s return to Youth Alliance League action this Saturday, when they make the short journey to face Doncaster Rovers (11am kick-off).

The game will be played at Cantley Park (DN4 6HE), and we'll have live coverage on the Academy Twitter site, in addition to a report and reaction from the fixture.


United were eliminated from the FA Youth Cup in midweek at the Hawthorns against an impressive West Bromwich Albion side, but will be looking to get back on track following a run of seven games without defeat in the Youth Alliance League and Cup fixtures.

The side drew 1-1 at Walsall last weekend in the Youth Alliance Cup, but prior to that they enjoyed four victories in a row (six if you include the FA Youth Cup wins over Notts County and Morpeth Town).

It's the third game inside eight days for the Under-18s side, who are completing their 2019 schedule against their local rivals.

Rovers come into the game off the back of a shock 2-0 defeat against Burton Albion in the Youth Alliance League back on November 29th. Despite the loss, Doncaster still top the division with 23 points from 12 games. The Iron are third with 18 points from eight games, meaning a Scunthorpe win could cut the gap to just two points, with the side maintaining their four games in hand. Only Mansfield Town separate the teams with the Stags in second with 20 points from 11 games.


The Iron injury list for the Under-18s shrank to just one player ahead of the game in midweek against West Brom with Charlie Barks coming back into the side after being rested against Walsall a week ago.

Aidan Train has now featured in the last three games, and started the last two following a cruciate ligament injury which had him sidelined since last season, while Joey Dawson also recovered to play 81 minutes on Tuesday after being withdrawn at the interval last weekend.

Fin Shrimpton also returns to contention after sitting out at the Hawthorns in midweek after picking up his fifth caution last weekend, with a one-match ban seeing him miss out on the FA Youth Cup Round Three tie.

Elsewhere, Under-16 goalkeeper Jake Balme has been on the bench as understudy to Tom Collins, with Ben Crosher still out following a fractured wrist sustained in pre-season.

LAST LINE-UP: Collins, Baker, Train (Kemp, 63), Silva, Barks, Lobley, Wilson (L Gallimore, 68), D Gallimore, Jessop, Dawson (Wilkinson, 81), Chadli.

Balme, Virgo.

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