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Under-18s preview: Grimsby Town (H)

23 February 2021

The Iron's Under-18s will be looking to make it third time lucky against local rivals Grimsby Town this Tuesday, as they host the side in the Youth Alliance (11am 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 a morale-boosting victory over Burton Albion on Friday, with the side coming from 1-0 down to win 4-1 to temporarily put the Iron back on top of the North East Conference.

Joey Dawson, on his return to the side after a stint training with the first team, and Harrison Poulter, both netted braces to avenge for the defeat against the Brewers just a few weeks earlier.

Notts County regained top spot the following day with an emphatic 5-1 win over Huddersfield Town. The Magpies are just one point ahead of Scunthorpe with 31 points from 14 games. They do, however, hold a game in hand with the Iron on 30 points from 15 games.

Our opponents come into the game after moving into the third in the table following a 3-3 draw against Lincoln City, but they're the only unbeaten side left in the division with 21 points. They have only played nine games, though, but are quickly gaining ground on the top as they play their games in hand during midweeks.

Both sides have already met twice this season, with Grimsby edging both, one coming in the reverse fixture while the other came in the FA Youth Cup.

TEAM NEWS

Friday saw Dawson return to the side for the first time in weeks as he provided the side a big boost. He looks set to continue in the side and will most likely partner Poulter, who replaced Patrick Virgo midway through the first half on Friday following the second year scholar's injury.

Harry Baker remains out with a knee injury, while Ben Franklin missed out after he picked up a fresh injury. Alex Wilkinson is still out having missed much of the season.

Two trialists were involved in the last game, along with Under-16s and Under-15s players.

LAST TIME OUT (W4-1 v Burton Albion - Youth Alliance League)

IRON: Balme, Trialist A, Kemp, Young, Lobley, Cribb, Gallimore (Trialist B, 76), Wilson, Lewis (Strouther, 78), Dawson, Virgo (Poulter, 32).

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Foster, Moore.

LAST TIME OUT (NORTH EAST CONFERENCE)

Saturday
Doncaster Rovers 4-2 Rotherham United
Grimsby Town 3-3 Lincoln City
Mansfield Town v Bradford City
Notts County 5-1 Huddersfield Town

ELSEWHERE IN THE LEAGUE

Tuesday
Rotherham United v Burton Albion (11am)

LEAGUE TABLE

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