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Preview: Barnsley (A)

1 February 2019

The Iron will be looking to stretch their unbeaten record to seven matches in Sky Bet League One when they travel to Oakwell to face high-flying Barnsley on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off).

Scunthorpe are currently in fine form, and they will be searching for their sixth win in seven this weekend, while also trying to make it back-to-back victories following on from the 1-0 success against Fleetwood last time out.

Ashley Eastham put the ball through his own net 15 minutes from time to hand the Iron all three points, after a low Levi Sutton cross from the right side caused all sorts of problems for the Fleetwood defence. 

Meanwhile, Barnsley were in midweek action and played out a 2-2 draw with Oxford United on Tuesday evening after coming back from two nil down to salvage a point.

Mamadou Thiam and Kieffer Moore notched late in the second half to rescue the away side. That result saw the Tykes’ maintain their own unbeaten run, stretching it to nine games, as they currently sit third in the Sky Bet League One table. 


United boss Stuart McCall said left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson will be out up to two months with cartilage damage sustained in last week's victory over Fleetwood Town.

However, Lee Novak should be fit although he broke a hand in the victory last weekend. He returned to training on Thursday.

Josh Morris faces a few weeks out with a fractured fibula and strained ankle ligaments. Elsewhere, Jordan Clarke is out for four months (knee), while Ryan Colclough (knee) is out for the remainder of the season.

Lewis Butroid has been struggling with a back spasm, but Tom Pearce could enter the squad after signing on loan from Leeds United for the rest of the season.


The Iron have a decent record against Barnsley in league meetings of late, having not lost against them since 2011 when both teams contested in the Championship. 

However, two of the last three fixtures have ended in draws - the last of which, back in August, where a 2-2 was played out between the two sides at Glanford Park. A Josh Morris penalty and a Cameron Burgess header had put Scunthorpe ahead, but Barnsley hit back in the second period to earn a draw, as Kieffer Moore and Dimitri Cavare made sure the points were shared that Saturday afternoon.  

The last meeting at Oakwell also ended in a draw, a 0-0 back in March 2016. 

2018-19 - Sat Aug 25 LG 1 Iron 2-2 Barnsley Morris pen, Burgess
2015-16 - Fri Mar 25 LG 1 Barnsley 0-0 Iron  
2015-16 - Sat Oct 31 LG 1 Iron 2-0 Barnsley Hopper, McSheffrey
2015-16 - Tue Sep 1 FLT R1 Iron 1-2 Barnsley Goode
2015-16 - Tue Aug 11 LGC R1 Iron 1-1 Barnsley
(7-6 to Barnsley on pens)
2014-15 - Tue Feb 24 LG 1 Iron 0-1 Barnsley  
2014-15 - Sat Nov 29 LG 1 Barnsley 1-2 Iron Madden 2
2013-14 - Tue Aug 6 LGC R1 Barnsley 0-0 Iron
(5-4 to Barnsley on pens)
2010-11 - Tue Mar 8 CHAMP Barnsley 2-1 Iron Collins
2010-11 - Tue Sep 28 CHAMP Iron 0-0 Barnsley  
2009-10 - Tue Feb 16 CHAMP Iron 2-1 Barnsley Hooper, Hayes
2009-10 - Sat Jan 2 FAC R3 Iron 1-0 Barnsley Hayes
2009-10 - Wed Dec 9 CHAMP Barnsley 1-1 Iron Hayes
2007-08 - Tue Jan 1 CHAMP Iron 2-2 Barnsley Morris, Youga
2007-08 - Sat Sep 15 CHAMP Barnsley 2-0 Iron  
2005-06 - Sat Dec 10 LG 1 Barnsley 5-2 Iron Beagrie pen, MacKenzie
2005-06 - Tue Aug 9 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Barnsley Crosby pen, Taylor
2003-04 - Tue Jan 13 FAC R3 R Iron 2-0 Barnsley Torpey, McCombe
2003-04 - Sat Jan 3 FAC R3 Barnsley 0-0 Iron  
1980-81 - Tue Aug 12 LGC R1 L2 Barnsley 2-1 Iron Cammack
1980-81 - Sat Aug 9 LGC R1 L1 Iron 0-1 Barnsley  
1978-79 - Tue Mar 13 DIV 4 Barnsley 4-1 Iron Grimes
1978-79 - Sat Sep 9 DIV 4 Iron 0-1 Barnsley  
1977-78 - Tue Mar 7 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Barnsley Keeley
1977-78 - Tue Sep 13 DIV 4 Barnsley 3-0 Iron  
1976-77 - Tue Feb 8 DIV 4 Iron 1-2 Barnsley Pilling
1976-77 - Sat Nov 6 DIV 4 Barnsley 5-1 Iron Pilling
1975-76 - Tue Apr 20 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Barnsley O'Connor
1975-76 - Sat Jan 3 DIV 4 Barnsley 1-0 Iron  
1974-75 - Tue Oct 1 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Barnsley Warnock
1974-75 - Tue Sep 3 DIV 4 Barnsley 2-2 Iron Collier, Roberts
1973-74 - Tue Jan 1 DIV 4 Barnsley 5-0 Iron  
1973-74 - Sat Sep 1 DIV 4 Iron 3-0 Barnsley Houghton, Barker, Keeley
1964-65 - Fri Feb 5 DIV 3 Iron 2-3 Barnsley Hutton, Thomas
1964-65 - Fri Sep 25 DIV 3 Barnsley 2-0 Iron  
1963-64 - Tue Jan 7 FAC R3 R Barnsley 3-2 Iron Brownsword 2 pens
1963-64 - Sat Jan 4 FAC R3 Iron 2-2 Barnsley Wilson, Lawther
1958-59 - Sat Mar 21 DIV 2 Barnsley 0-1 Iron Harburn
1958-59 - Sat Nov 1 DIV 2 Iron 1-0 Barnsley Waldock
1954-55 - Wed Sep 15 DIV 3N Barnsley 1-0 Iron  
1954-55 - Thu Sep 9 DIV 3N Iron 1-0 Barnsley Gregory
1953-54 - Mon Apr 19 DIV 3N Barnsley 0-1 Iron Haigh
1953-54 - Fri Apr 16 DIV 3N Iron 6-0 Barnsley Gregory 2, Haigh, Brown, Jones, Thomas (og)
League 14 5 14
EFL Trophy 0 0 1
League Cup 0 2 2
FA Cup 2 2 1
Total 16 9 18


English striker Kieffer Moore is in fine form for Barnsley this season and is currently their top scorer with 17 goals in all competitions – eight more than any other player in the squad. 

In Sky Bet League One alone, the hitman has 15 goals and two assists, which sees him sit joint second in the race for the golden boot alongside Ian Henderson of Rochdale, as the pair lie just one goal behind John Marquis of Doncaster. 

The 26-year-old started his career in the youth academy at Torquay United, before leaving to find first team football with non-league Truro City in the National League South. His goalscoring record then brought the attention of Yeovil Town, after he netted 20 in his first full season in non-league.

After signing a deal with Yeovil in 2013, the striker stayed for two years, making 50 appearances for the club, before he was released. A brief spell in Norway then followed, along with a season at Forest Green Rovers in 2016.  

A year later, Moore was signing for Ipswich Town, but got loaned to Rotherham United during his time at Portman Road. After a season with the Tractor Boys’, the forward joined Barnsley, and has attracted attention at Oakwell ever since. 


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