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Preview: Gillingham (A)

15 February 2019

The Iron will be looking to make it seven wins out of nine games in Sky Bet League One this weekend, when they travel south to face Gillingham at Priestfield on Saturday 16th February (3pm kick-off).

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15 February 2019

Stuart McCall’s side enter the game on the back of a fantastic run of form, which has seen them lose just once in their last eight games, picking up 19 points in the process. This recent success has led the Iron to 13th in the League One table.

Scunthorpe will be also be searching for back-to-back victories after beating Accrington 2-0 at Glanford Park last time out. Kyle Wootton opened the scoring in the first half with a sublime volley, before Kevin van Veen netted his first goal for the club since returning in January in similarly spectacular fashion.

Gillingham have been on a tough run of late, having not won any of their last five matches in all competitions. Last weekend, they slipped to a heavy 4-1 defeat at home to high-flying Barnsley, as Elliott List scored the only consolation goal late on for the hosts. 

TEAM NEWS…

Lee Novak will miss the game as a precaution after tweaking a nerve against Accrington last week, while Matthew Lund will be out for six weeks and is set to undergo a clean-up operation on the knee problem which has plagued him for the last two months.

Elsewhere, Josh Morris faces four weeks out with a fractured fibula and strained ankle ligaments. Jordan Clarke is out for three more months (knee), while Ryan Colclough (knee) is out for the remainder of the season. Rory Watson (arm) also looks likely to be out for the rest of the season following surgery last week. 

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson will be out up to two months with cartilage damage sustained in the recent victory over Fleetwood Town.

Also unavailable is recent arrival Jacob Bedeau (groin), and James Perch, who completes a two-match suspension after accumulating ten bookings for the season.

PAST MEETINGS…

Gillingham go into this weekend’s game having not lost against the Iron in their previous four encounters, winning three and drawing one. 

Scunthorpe’s last success against the Gills’ came back in August 2016, when they won a convincing 5-0 at Glanford Park. 

Gillingham won the reverse fixture 2-0 earlier on in the season, and the last meeting at Priestfield ended in 0-0 draw. 

SEASON / DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2018-19 - Sat Dec 8 LG 1 Iron 0-2 Gills  
2017-18 - Sat Jan 20 LG 1 Iron 1-3 Gills Morris
2017-18 - Tue Sep 26 LG 1 Gills 0-0 Iron  
2016-17 - Sat Mar 11 LG 1 Gills 3-2 Iron Madden, Toffolo
2016-17 - Sat Aug 20 LG 1 Iron 5-0 Gills van Veen, Morris 2, Clarke, Hopper
2015-16 - Sat Mar 5  LG 1  Iron 0-0 Gills  
2015-16 - Tue 20 Oct  LG 1  Gills 2-1 Iron  Laird 
2014-15 - Sat 25 Apr  LG 1  Iron 2-1 Gills  Adelakun, McSheffrey 
2014-15 - Sat 11 Oct  LG 1  Gills 0-3 Iron  Madden, Bishop, McSheffrey 
2012-13 - Sat 3 Nov  FAC R1  Gills 4-0 Iron   
2006-07 - Sat 24 Feb  LG 1  Iron 3-1 Gills  Hinds, Mulligan, Morris 
2006-07 - Fri 1 Sep  LG 1  Gills 0-2 Iron  Hinds, Sparrow 
2005-06 - Sat 25 Feb  LG 1  Gills 1-3 Iron  Sparrow, Hinds, Keogh 
2005-06 - Sat 13 Aug  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Gills  Hinds 
1999-00 - Sat 18 Mar  DIV 2  Gills 3-1 Iron  Harsley 
1999-00 - Tue 23 Nov  DIV 2  Iron 1-4 Gills  Ipoua 
1995-96 - Tue 27 Feb  DIV 3  Gills 0-0 Iron   
1995-96 - Sat 9 Sep  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Gills  Hope 
1994-95 - Sat 18 Mar  DIV 3  Gills 2-2 Iron  Young, Turnbull 
1994-95 - Tue 30 Aug  DIV 3  Iron 3-0 Gills  Thornber, Henderson, Smith 
1993-94 - Sat 19 Mar  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Gills  Juryeff 
1993-94 - Sat 25 Sep  DIV 3  Gills 1-0 Iron   
1992-93 - Mon 12 Apr  DIV 3  Gills 1-1 Iron  Thompstone 
1992-93 - Mon 28 Dec  DIV 3  Iron 2-2 Gills  Daws 2 
1991-92 - Thu 26 Dec  DIV 4  Iron 2-0 Gills  White, Martin 
1991-92 - Sat 17 Aug  DIV 4  Gills 4-0 Iron   
1990-91 - Tue 19 Mar  DIV 4  Gills 1-1 Iron  Flounders 
1990-91 - Sat 13 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Gills  Hall 
1989-90 - Tue 13 Feb  DIV 4  Iron 0-0 Gills   
1989-90 - Sat 2 Sep  DIV 4  Gills 0-3 Iron  Taylor, Flounders 2 
1983-84 - Sat 12 May  DIV 3  Gills 1-1 Iron  Cowling 
1983-84 - Sat 17 Dec  DIV 3  Iron 2-0 Gills  Cammack, Cowling 
1973-74 - Tue 23 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 1-1 Gills  Simpkin 
1973-74 - Wed 12 Sep  DIV 4  Gills 7-2 Iron  Houghton, Welbourne 
1971-72 - Sat 22 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 3-3 Gills  Kirk, Kerr, McDonald 
1971-72 - Sat 4 Dec  DIV 4  Gills 0-1 Iron  Fletcher 
1967-68 - Mon 15 Apr  DIV 3  Gills 3-1 Iron  Kerr 
1967-68 - Fri 26 Jan  DIV 3  Iron 2-1 Gills  Blyth 2 
1966-67 - Sat 17 Dec  DIV 3  Gills 0-1 Iron  Ash 
1966-67 - Sat 20 Aug  DIV 3  Iron 1-2 Gills  Thomas 
1965-66 - Sat 19 Mar  DIV 3  Gills 0-1 Iron  Sloan 
1965-66 - Sat 25 Sep  DIV 3  Iron 0-1 Gills   
1964-65 - Tue 3 Nov  DIV 3  Iron 2-3 Gills  Scott, Lawther 
1964-65 - Wed 26 Aug  DIV 3  Gills 0-0 Iron   

Our full record against Gillingham is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 21  8 34 27
Away 22  7 26 33
TOTAL 43 15 14 14 60 60

ONE TO WATCH…

Prolific striker Tom Eaves has scored 16 goals in 31 games this season, and he will be the main man leading the line for Gillingham once again this weekend. 

The 27-year-old started his career with Oldham Athletic, before making the switch to Bolton Wanderers in 2010. However, during his six-year stay at the Macron, it didn’t quite go to plan for the striker, as he was loaned out in six separate spells, which included stints at the likes of Shrewsbury, Bristol Rovers and Rotherham. 

In 2016, Eaves called time on his days with Bolton and joined Yeovil for one season, where he enjoyed success, playing 40 times during the campaign. 

Then, at the end of the 2016/17 season, the striker joined Gillingham on a free transfer following his release by Yeovil, penning a two-year deal with the club. During his time with the Gills’ so far, he has made quite a name for himself, scoring over 30 times in just 68 matches.

ELSHWHERE IN LEAGUE ONE…

FRIDAY
Sunderland vs Accrington Stanley (7:45pm)

SATURDAY
Southend United vs Portsmouth (12:30pm)
Barnsley vs Wycombe Wanderers
Bradford City vs Plymouth Argyle 
Charlton Athletic vs Blackpool
Coventry City vs Walsall
Fleetwood Town vs Luton Town
Oxford United vs Peterborough United
Shrewsbury Town vs Burton Albion 


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