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Preview: Port Vale (H)

22 November 2019

The Iron head into Saturday’s league clash with Port Vale looking for back-to-back victories after collecting their first away league win since January last weekend.

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22 November 2019

SCENE-SETTER

The 2-0 triumph at Leyton Orient stretched run to four league games unbeaten, while the side will be looking to make it nine games without defeat at the Sands Venue Stadium.

Last time out at home, the Iron convincingly overhauled League One side Sunderland to make it through to the knockout stages of the Leasing.com Trophy, while their last league outing on home soil ended goalless against Stevenage.

Port Vale are also in good form and come into the match off the back of four straight victories in league and cup, most recently reacting to going a goal down inside the opening minute to beat Carlisle United 2-1 last weekend.

The Valiants are seven unbeaten in all competitions and have won their last three games on the road.

TEAM NEWS

Manager Paul Hurst confirmed in his pre-match press conference Coventry City loanee Junior Brown will miss two-to-three weeks of action following a thigh injury which saw him miss out last weekend. Kgosi Ntlhe (groin) made a timely return to the line-up and looks set to continue in the left-back position.

Also missing from the game is Ryan Colclough who has ruled himself out after missing much of the week through illness.

Yann Songo'o (dislocated toe), Jamie Ward (hamstring), Levi Sutton (hand) and Jordan Hallam (hamstring) all continue to miss out, although Hurst expects the majority of his injured group to be back on grass running next week. 

Ward and Hallam both have outside chances of making the Leasing.com Trophy encounter at Blackpool next Wednesday, if they continue to make progress. The next league game against Forest Green Rovers on December 7th will be the target for the remaining players and the aforementioned duo should they not make the cup match.

Elsewhere, Regan Slater (ankle) remains absent, while George Miller (quad strain) has been back with the group for a week and is in contention for the encounter.

PAST MEETINGS

This fixture dates back to January 1953 when the two sides met at the Old Show Ground for the very first time.

Both sides clashed semi-regularly in the 1970s and 1980s before a change in direction between the two sides in terms of divisions in 1985-86 meant the team wouldn't meet again for two decades.

That next meeting would be in 2005 at Glanford Park with the home team running out comfortable 2-0 winners - Richard Hinds and Andy Keogh getting the goals. That would be the first of six meetings at United's new stadium, with Vale yet to take three points. Scunthorpe have won five of those encounters, including the latest one back in January 2017.

SEASON/DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2016-17 - Sat 27 Jan LG 1 Iron 3-2 Vale Morris (pen), Toney, Hopper
2016-17 - Sat 27 Aug LG 1 Vale 3-1 Iron Morris
2015-16 - Sat 30 Apr LG 1 Iron 1-0 Vale Madden
2015-16 - Sat 12 Dec LG 1 Vale 1-1 Iron King
2014-15 - Tue 14 Apr LG 1 Iron 1-1 Vale Wootton
2014-15 - Tue 21 Oct LG 1 Vale 2-2 Iron Bishop, Taylor
2009-10 - Tue 22 Sep LG CUP R3 Iron 2-0 Vale Hayes, McCann
2006-07 - Mon 1 Jan LG 1 Vale 0-0 Iron  
2006-07 - Tue 12 Sep LG 1 Iron 3-0 Vale Sharp (2), Morris
2005-06 - Tue 28 Feb LG 1 Vale 1-2 Iron Sparrow, Taylor
2005-06 - Sat 10 Sep LG 1 Iron 2-0 Vale Hinds, Keogh
1985-86 - Mon 3 Feb DIV 4 Vale 3-1 Iron Graham
1985-86 - Tue 22 Oct DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Vale  
1984-85 - Fri 10 May DIV 4 Iron 3-3 Vale Graham, Broddle, Cammack
1984-85 - Sat 22 Dec DIV 4 Vale 1-1 Iron Graham
1983-84 - Tue 17 Apr DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Vale Bell
1983-84 - Sat 27 Aug DIV 3 Vale 0-0 Iron  
1982-83 - Mon 9 May DIV 4 Vale 0-1 Iron Cowling
1982-83 - Tue 2 Nov DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Vale Cammack
1981-82 - Sat 17 Apr DIV 4 Vale 2-1 Iron Cammack
1981-82 - Sat 5 Dec DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Vale  
1980-81 - Tue 3 Mar DIV 4 Vale 2-2 Iron Partridge, Cammack
1980-81 - Tue 24 Feb DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Vale Cammack
1979-80 - Sat 5 Apr DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Vale Pilling
1979-80 - Wed 26 Dec DIV 4 Vale 1-0 Iron  
1978-79 - Tue 27 Mar DIV 4 Iron 2-0 Vale Grimes, Earl
1978-79 - Sat 19 Aug DIV 4 Vale 2-2 Iron Wigg, Pilling
1972-73 - Sat 24 Feb DIV 3 Iron 0-1 Vale  
1972-73 - Sat 16 Dec DIV 3 Vale 2-0 Iron  
1969-70 - Mon 23 Mar DIV 4 Vale 1-2 Iron Cassidy (2)
1969-70 - Sat 22 Nov DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Vale Heath, Sproson (og)
1968-69 - Sat 5 Apr DIV 4 Iron 0-1 Vale  
1968-69 - Sat 28 Sep DIV 4 Vale 4-1 Iron Heath
1964-65 - Fri 9 Apr DIV 3 Iron 0-0 Vale  
1964-65 - Sat 28 Nov DIV 3 Vale 0-1 Iron Ratcliffe
1953-54 - Sat 13 Feb DIV 3N Vale 0-0 Iron  
1953-54 - Sat 26 Sep DIV 3N Iron 0-2 Vale  
1952-53 - Sat 13 Feb DIV 3N Vale 4-0 Iron  
1952-53 - Sat 31 Jan DIV 3N Iron 1-2 Vale Mosby

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