Remembering past matches played by the Iron on December 7...
|Former Iron players born on this day: John Mulholland (1928), Nigel Cassidy (1945).|
Scunthorpe stretched their winning streak to five games in 2019 with fine second-half strikes from Alex Gilliead and Abo Eisa after Forest Green striker Matty Stevens had missed the chance to put his side ahead from the penalty spot.
Rovers dominated a dour first half punctuated by a moment of succinct fluidity - Liam Shephard and Jack Aitchison traded passes for Farrend Rawson to arrow in a strike which Rory McArdle cleared off the line in the 19th minute.
Rovers looked sure to break the deadlock but Stevens contrived to lift the ball over Jake Eastwood and on to the top of the crossbar with 29 minutes on the clock.
Scunthorpe eventually broke the stalemate in the just before the hour. Gilliead was afforded time and space to run unopposed and slam the ball beyond Lewis Thomas from the edge of the box.
Eisa made it 2-0 with a fierce 25-yard drive that flew into the top corner as the Iron upstaged the hosts on a controversial day despite finishing a man down with Levi Sutton sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time.
Overall playing record for December 7: Played 7, Won 2, Drawn 3, Lost 2, Scored 8, Conceded 9.
|2019||LG 2||Forest Green 0-2 Iron||Gilliead, Eisa|
|2014||FAC R2||Iron 1-1 Worcester||Madden|
|2004||LG 2||Cambridge 1-2 Iron||Torpey, Taylor|
|2002||FAC R2||Iron 0-0 Carlisle|
|1996||FAC R2||Wrexham 2-2 Iron||Baker 2|
|1974||DIV 4||Newport 2-0 Iron|
|1963||DIV 2||Newcastle 3-1 Iron||Hodgson|