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Under-23s preview: Salford City (H)

19 January 2021

The Iron's Under-23s play their fourth Central League game of the season this Tuesday with a home clash against Salford City (2pm kick-off).

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

SCENE-SETTER

It's the fourth match of the campaign for the Iron's Under-23s side after only playing their second and third games in the last three weeks.

Two of those matches came against Huddersfield Town, with the away fixture resulting in a 4-0 win with Andy Dales, Olufela Olomola, Devarn Green and Kenan Dünnwald-Turan netting. The next match saw United field a much more junior side, although they did lead 2-0 through goals from George Hornshaw and Dales, while the Championship side's second string came back in the second 45 to draw 2-2.

Last time out, despite playing well and looking like they'd taken a point through a late Tom Pugh equaliser, Grimsby Town took maximum points at the death at Blundell Park in a 2-1 defeat.

Tuesday's game is the fourth of eight matches played in the Central League during what will be a reduced season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and these fixtures are scheduled to come thick and fast over the next few weeks. Click here to see a fixture list.

The Ammies come into the match having played two games so far this season. They first won 4-0 away at Walsall back at the start of October, while they suffered a 3-1 away defeat at Huddersfield Town in mid-November.

The Iron are third in the division with four points from three games, while Salford are fourth out of five in Group C with three points from a possible six. League leaders Huddersfield Town have 13 points from a possible 18 having already played six out of their eight games.

TEAM NEWS

The game will once again be used as an opportunity to get important game time into players who have been on the fringes of the first team in recent weeks, as well as some returning from injury.

George Hornshaw skippered the side on the last two outings and scored a brilliant long range effort against Huddersfield, while Tom Pugh returned to feature at Grimsby, but missed out against the Terriers. Kenan Dünnwald-Turan got 45 minutes last time out.

First year professionals Tom Collins, Raynner Silva and Charlie Barks have both featured throughout while Fin Shrimpton is still sidelined with an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, the side has been supplemented with some of the Iron's Under-18 players over the course of the season. The likes of Joey Dawson, Dan Gallimore and Harry Baker have all been used, along with Oliver Lobley, Ethan Young and Oliver Kemp.

LAST TIME OUT (v Grimsby Town (A) - L1-2)

IRON: Kelsey (Collins, 45), Hornshaw, Brown (Gallimore, 45), Silva, Barks, Rowe, Dales, Pugh, Jessop, Dünnwald-Turan (Dawson, 45), Butroid.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CENTRAL LEAGUE, GROUP C

Wednesday, January 20th
Huddersfield Town Reserves v Grimsby Town Reserves (1pm)

LEAGUE TABLE

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