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Preview: Bristol Rovers (H)

8 March 2019

Match Previews

Preview: Bristol Rovers (H)

8 March 2019

The Iron will be looking to bounce back this weekend with all three points when they host Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One at Glanford Park on Saturday 9th March (3pm kick-off).

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9 March 2019

Stuart McCall’s side enter the fixture on the back of three games without a win, but his team will be hoping they can turn that recent record around with victory on Saturday, as the Iron look to stretch their home unbeaten run to six matches. 

Scunthorpe fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat last time out in their most recent game away at Oxford United. George Thomas notched for the Iron in stoppage time to make an entertaining finish to the match, but two second-half headers from Jerome Sinclair proved to be enough for the U’s to hold on for the victory at the Kassam Stadium.

As for Bristol Rovers, they were in midweek action this week, but were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night after losing 2-0 at home to Sunderland in the semi-final of the competition. 

However, in their last League One fixture, Rovers beat Blackpool convincingly 4-0 at the Memorial Stadium for their first win in three matches. Jonson Clarke-Harris scored a hat-trick in that game, with Liam Sercombe adding to the scoreline late on, but the result still saw Bristol Rovers stay 21st and in the relegation zone. 


Josh Morris and Jordan Clarke are back on the training pitch but will still be out of action for an unspecified length of time as the medical staff continue to monitor them.

Tony McMahon returns to contention after missing the Oxford game last weekend as part of the deal that brought him to the club from the U's.

Meanwhile, Byron Webster is back training after missing out last week through a hamstring strain.

Elsewhere, 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 month.

Matthew Lund is out until April after a clean-up operation on a knee problem, while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson will be out for a few weeks with cartilage damage.


The Iron have a brilliant record against Bristol Rovers over the years and are currently looking to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games against them with another good result this weekend.

United haven’t lost against Rovers since February 2009 and have three wins and four draws to their name in that time. 

In the reverse fixture at the Memorial Stadium back in November, the Iron were 2-1 winners. 

Lee Novak put United ahead early on, before Liam Sercombe scored just before half-time to level the score, but Matthew Lund notched the winner for Scunthorpe with just over ten minutes to play, after Jak Alnwick had previously saved a penalty to deny Chris Lines. 

2018-19 - Sat 17 Nov LG 1 Bristol R 1-2 Iron Novak, Lund
2017-18 - Sat 24 Feb LG 1 Bristol R 1-1 Iron Holmes
2017-18 - Sat 11 Nov LG 1 Iron 1-0 Bristol R Bishop
2016-17 - Sat 25 Feb LG 1 Bristol R 1-1 Iron Lockyer (og)
2016-17 - Sat 6 Aug  LG 1  Iron 3-1 Bristol R  van Veen, Morris, Wootton 
2013-14 - Tue 25 Feb  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Bristol R  Winnall 
2013-14 - Sat 10 Aug  LG 1  Bristol R 0-0 Iron   
2008-09 - Sat 14 Feb  LG 1  Iron 0-2 Bristol R   
2008-09 - Fri 14 Nov  LG 1  Bristol R 1-2 Iron  McCann, Iriekpen 
2004-05 - Sat 30 Apr  LG 2  Iron 4-0 Bristol R  Torpey 2, Hayes, Taylor 
2004-05 - Sat 20 Nov  LG 2  Bristol R 0-3 Iron  Hayes 2, Torpey 
2003-04 - Sat 10 Jan  DIV 3  Bristol R 1-0 Iron   
2003-04 - Sat 9 Aug  DIV 3  Iron 1-2 Bristol R  Beagrie 
2002-03 - Sat 18 Jan  DIV 3  Bristol R 2-1 Iron  Carruthers 
2002-03 - Sat 31 Aug  DIV 3  Iron 2-2 Bristol R  Dawson, Carruthers 
2001-02 - Sat 12 Jan  DIV 3  Bristol R 1-1 Iron  Calvo-Garcia 
2001-02 - Sat 18 Aug  DIV 3  Iron 1-2 Bristol R  Quailey 
1999-00 - Sat 12 Feb  DIV 2  Bristol R 1-1 Iron  Hope 
1999-00 - Sat 4 Sep  DIV 2  Iron 0-2 Bristol R   
1983-84 - Sat 25 Feb  DIV 3  Iron 2-2 Bristol R  Cammack, O'Berg 
1983-84 - Sat 22 Oct  DIV 3  Bristol R 4-1 Iron  Pointon 
1972-73 - Sat 7 Apr  DIV 3  Iron 0-2 Bristol R   
1972-73 - Sat 2 Dec  DIV 3  Bristol R 5-1 Iron  Fletcher 
1967-68 - Sat 10 Feb  DIV 3  Bristol R 4-0 Iron   
1967-68 - Sat 30 Sep  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Bristol R  Sloan 
1966-67 - Mon 24 Apr  DIV 3  Iron 3-1 Bristol R  Barton 2, Coatsworth 
1966-67 - Mon 24 Oct  DIV 3  Bristol R 1-1 Iron  Thomas 
1965-66 - Tue 29 Mar  DIV 3  Bristol R 2-0 Iron   
1965-66 - Sat 16 Oct  DIV 3  Iron 3-0 Bristol R  Goodwin, Barton, Bedford 
1964-65 - Sat 20 Mar  DIV 3  Bristol R 2-0 Iron   
1964-65 - Sat 7 Nov  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Bristol R  Lindsey 
1961-62 - Mon 18 Sep  DIV 2  Bristol R 2-1 Iron  Thomas 
1961-62 - Tue 5 Sep  DIV 2  Iron 2-1 Bristol R  Godfrey, Thomas 
1960-61 - Sat 21 Jan  DIV 2  Bristol R 3-3 Iron  Thomas 2, Marriott 
1960-61 - Sat 10 Sep  DIV 2  Iron 2-1 Bristol R  Thomas 2 
1959-60 - Sat 5 Mar  DIV 2  Iron 3-4 Bristol R  Thomas 2, Donnelly 
1959-60 - Sat 17 Oct  DIV 2  Bristol R 1-1 Iron  Donnelly 
1958-59 - Sat 3 Jan  DIV 2  Iron 0-0 Bristol R   
1958-59 - Sat 30 Aug  DIV 2  Bristol R 4-0 Iron   

Our full record against Bristol Rovers is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 19  7 30  25 
Away 20 20  37 
TOTAL 39  10  14  15  50 62


After making the switch from Coventry to Bristol Rovers in January, striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has already impressed at the Memorial Stadium, netting four goals in just five games.  

The 24-year-old started his career with his hometown club Coventry City in 2010, after rising through the ranks with the Sky Blues. However, he saw his chances in the first team limited, and left for Peterborough in 2012. 

From there, he went on loan briefly to Southend and Bury, before leaving to join Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2013.

Here, he found good form, scoring seven times in 45 appearances, which earnt him a move to Rotherham United a year later. The striker spent four years with the Yorkshire club, before deciding to return to Coventry in 2018, where he spent the first half of the 2018/19 season.

During this campaign so far, Clarke-Harris has a total of nine goals to his name in League One for both Coventry and Bristol Rovers, and he will be looking to continue his fine form again this weekend, after scoring a hat-trick in Rovers’ last outing against Blackpool.  


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