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Preview: Darlington (A)

5 March 2024

Match Previews

Preview: Darlington (A)

5 March 2024

After a remarkable turnout the Iron made history against Chester as 7,511 fans attended the Community Day fixture, the highest attendance in the sixth tier of English football and United's best home league attendance since facing Leeds United in 2010.

Buoyed by the momentum of the latter stages of the game, Scunthorpe will be looking to go to Darlington to claim all three points after showing great resilience with 10 men against the Seals.

The Iron were 2-1 down with a red card with 23 minutes to go before Butterfield netted from distance, and then the Iron had a few penalty shouts that were controversially waved off by the referee.

The reverse fixture against Darlington was another afternoon to remember for the Iron, winning 4-0 early in the season, to make a statement to the National League North. Whitehall got on the score sheet twice in the first half and then Alfie Beestin and Dion Sembie Ferris doubled the Iron’s lead in the final 12 minutes of action.

Both sides also met in the Isuzu FA Trophy, which Scunthorpe progressed through to the next round following a 2-0 home win.


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Jimmy Dean (click here to watch on Iron Player).

Dion Sembie-Ferris (click here to watch on Iron Player).


Liam McAlinden will be available for selection despite his red card on Saturday. The former Wrexham player will commence his three-match suspension on Saturday when the Iron travel to Bishop's Stortford.

Captain Michael Clunan missed the weekend with a dead leg, but is available to come back into the squad if required.

Elsewhere, Jason Law and Callum Roberts are both absent through injury, with Law two weeks away from involvement, while Roberts is approximately a month from contention.


Darlo are a side in form with four victories in their last five games. The Quakers' form turned after beating South Shields 4-0 away from home with all goals scored in the last 18 minutes, as South Shields ended the match with nine men on the pitch.

After a loss against Boston, Darlo have now won three matches in a row beating Buxton, Curzon Ashton, and Banbury United. Despite this form, Darlington find themselves 22nd in the league fighting for every point to get themselves out of the relegation zone. Darlington’s issue this season had been their lack of goal scoring prowess, the Quakers had scored two or more goals in one game just four times before their recent turn in form, the Iron will be looking to keep them quiet and build on the point against Chester.

A man in form for our opponents is Andrew Nelson. The centre forward has netted four goals this season and has scored three in his last three. Nelson is a key player for Darlo and is looking to climb his side out of their relegation woes.

For more information on our hosts, click here.


The referee will be Callum Jones, while the assistants are Daniel Tyas and Macauley Gibson. There is no fourth official at this level.


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Our full record against Darlington, including as their former guise, is as follows:

LEAGUE 32 19 28
FA CUP 2 0 1
CUP 2 0 0
TOTAL 40 22 31

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