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Under-18s preview: Lincoln City (A)

15 December 2020

The Iron's Under-18s play their final game of 2020 on Tuesday, as they travel to face their Lincoln City counterparts (1pm kick-off).

Please note, in line with the current EFL COVID-19 guidelines, no spectators are permitted at these games.

SCENE-SETTER

United come into the game off the back of back-to-back wins following a 4-1 away win over Rotherham United and a 2-1 home win over Bradford City, with the latter of those two coming on Saturday at Brumby Hall.

Joey Dawson has four goals in those two games, including both of the match winners.

The Imps come into the game after Rotherham United recorded a shock 4-2 victory over them at Parkgate at the weekend. 

A win for the Imps would've kept the side level on points with the Iron, with this match a battle for who ends the year on top of the league. United can still finish 2020 in pole position, while Lincoln will be looking to draw back level.

The more surprising nature of that defeat to the Millers comes after they beat Newcastle United Under-18s 4-1 last Tuesday.

The sides have already met this season in the Youth Alliance Cup, with the game a day to forget for Scunthorpe as Harry Lewis netted in a 4-1 defeat.

United are second in the division with 15 points from seven games, and have a game in hand over Notts County, who are above them. Lincoln City are fourth with four wins and four defeats from their eight games.

TEAM NEWS

Cameron Wilson is likely to be suspended for this game after being sent off at the weekend, which will be a big blow to the side, considering he provided the two assists for the goals United scored as they came from 1-0 down to win the game.

Ben Crosher, Ben Franklin and Alex Wilkinson all continued to miss out at the weekend are set to remain on the sidelines until the New Year.

The Iron's Under-18s have also been forced have Under-15s and Under-16s in the group to supplement a smaller squad of scholars this season. The team had been back up to their full compliment of players up until the recent outbreak.

LAST TIME OUT (W2-1 v Bradford City - Youth Alliance League)

IRON: Balme, Baker, Dawson, Gallimore, Kemp, Lobley (Lewis, 70), Virgo (Strouther, 88), Wilson, Young, Moore, Cribb (Moore-Billam, 77).

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Foster.

LAST TIME OUT (NORTH EAST CONFERENCE)

Saturday
Doncaster Rovers 4-1 Huddersfield Town
Rotherham United 4-2 Lincoln City


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