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Preview: Crawley Town (A)

18 September 2020

The Iron get their away league campaign underway with a long distance trip to Crawley Town this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

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19 September 2020

The match will be the first away league encounter that the Iron have faced in 198 days, since the midweek away trip to Swindon Town back in March.


First Team Manager Neil Cox takes his Scunthorpe side to the People's Pension Stadium looking for his first win in charge of the club after taking a point in the opening day fixture at home to Newport County.

With Carabao Cup elimination for both sides almost a fortnight ago, the teams have had a clear week to prepare for this fixture.

The side face the Red Devils, who finished in 13th position last season with 48 points from 37 games.


Crawley Town come into the game having lost all three of their matches in league and cup so far. They were beaten 3-1 against Millwall in the Carabao Cup before being edged out 2-1 against Gillingham in the EFL Trophy. They began their Sky Bet League Two campaign with a 2-0 away defeat at Port Vale.

Their two goalscorers so far in this campaign are Sam Ashford and Nathan Ferguson. Ashford was a summer arrival from Hemel Hempstead, netting on his debut, while Ferguson is in his second season with the side following a switch from Dulwich Hamlet in July 2019.

Joining the ranks at Crawley this summer, in addition to Ashford, are Tony Craig, Archie Davies, Tyler Frost, Zaid Al-Hussaini and Sam Matthews, while Ollie Palmer and Panutche Camara headed out.

The Reds also lost Beryly Lubala to Blackpool in early September, but they have recruited three more since - Jake Hessenthaler from Grimsby Town, Tom Nichols from Bristol Rovers and Tom McGill on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.


There were six league debutants for the Iron last weekend, with Ryan Loft one of those, smashing home United's first Sky Bet League Two goal of the season from 30-yards to help the side to a point.

George Hornshaw was handed his first league appearance for the club after graduating through the academy in 2018, while Myles Hippolyte also made his maiden EFL appearance at left-wing-back following his summer switch from Yeovil Town.

Lewis Spence, Frank Vincent and Tyler Cordner were the other trio to get their first league appearances in clarent and blue.

Kenan Dünnwald-Turan was in the squad for the first time as an unused substitute at the weekend, while Devarn Green came off the bench after an enforced substitution at Lincoln City four days prior with a foot injury. Andy Dales (dead leg) missed out last week, but is fit again to be involved.

United will definitely continue be without forward Kevin van Veen who underwent a knee operation last Friday, although Emmanuel Onariase (hernia) and Jordan Clarke (calf) are both stepping up their returns.

Olufela Olomola (hamstring) and Jai Rowe (knee) are both sidelined for this match.


Rory McArdle and Matthew Lund scored the goals, and Rory Watson saved from a spot kick, as the Iron drew 2-2 against Crawley Town at the Sands Venue Stadium back in August 2019.

United are yet to win a fixture against the Red Devils since April 2015, but haven't won at the People's Pension Stadium in their history - only taking a point in three league visits.

2019-20 - Sat Feb 1 LG 2 Crawley 3-1 Iron Van Veen
2019-20 - Sat Nov 9 FAC R1 Crawley 4-1 Iron Colclough
2019-20 - Sat Aug 17 LG 2 Iron 2-2 Crawley McArdle, Lund
2014-15 - Sat Apr 11 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Crawley Dickson (og), Madden
2014-15 - Sat Nov 22 LG 1 Crawley 2-2 Iron Madden, Taylor
2012-13 - Sat Feb 9 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Crawley Ryan, Canavan
2012-13 - Sat Aug 18 LG 1 Crawley 3-0 Iron  
LEAGUE 2 2 2
FA CUP 0 0 1
TOTAL 2 2 3


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Exeter City v Port Vale (3pm)
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Grimsby Town v Salford City (3pm)
Harrogate Town v Walsall (3pm)
Leyton Orient v Mansfield Town (3pm)
Morecambe v Cambridge United (3pm)
Newport County v Barrow (3pm)
Stevenage v Oldham Athletic (3pm)
Tranmere Rovers v Cheltenham Town (3pm)

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