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Scunthorpe Preview - A look ahead to Saturday's trip to Glanford Park

25 March 2022

Match Previews

Scunthorpe Preview - A look ahead to Saturday's trip to Glanford Park

25 March 2022

Town are back on the road this weekend as they look to rebound from the disappointment of the midweek defeat to Leyton Orient when they face Scunthorpe.

In doing so they will be hoping to do the double over the Iron in 2021/22, having posted their record victory as an EFL side earlier in the season thanks to a comprehensive 6-1 win.

Our opponents

Scunthorpe currently sit rock bottom in League Two, with 24 points from 38 games and are 10 points adrift at the bottom with only eight games remaining.

They have won one and tasted defeated 12 times in their past 15 games, including last weekend's 5-1 reversal at Salford City, and have an unwanted stat in that they have more red cards (five) than wins (four) this season.
At home they have posted three wins and netted 13 times so far this season.

Previous meetings

Town blew the Iron away earlier in the season courtesy of a 6-1 with goals from Jack Muldoon (2), Jack Diamond (2), Alex Pattison and Danilo Orsi.

United did the double over Town last season notching two emphatic wins in the process. At Glandford Park Scunthorpe posted a 3-1 win whilst at The Envirovent Stadium Town were blown away in the second half as an Abo Eisa brace helped the visitors to 5-2 victory.

Ones to watch

Miles Hippolyte and Ryan Loft lead the scoring charts with four goals, though both players departed the club in the January window.

They will instead look to the likes of Alfie Beestin and Liam Feeney for creative output and Joe Nuttall, who arrived from Blackpool in January, in front of goal.

At the back, keeper Ryan Watson has been a near ever present, with George Taft and Ryan Delaney tasked with the job of keeping the Town attack at bay.

The man in charge

The club brought in Keith Hill midway through the season to replace Neil Cox. Prior to arriving at Glanford Park Hill was in charge at Tranmere Rovers, having also managed Bolton, Rochdale and Barnsley.

Hill's playing career saw him make over 400 appearances for Blackburn, Plymouth, Rochdale, Cheltenham, Wrexham and Morecambe.

Recent history

In recent years, Scunthorpe have found themselves jumping between the second, third and fourth divisions of English football.
They were last promoted to the Championship via the 2009 League One Play-Off Final but two relegations in as many years saw the The Iron back in League Two.
Scunthorpe were successfully promoted back to League One in 2014 before their stint was ended in the 2018/19 campaign. In 2020/21 the club finished just one spot and three points from the relegation positions.

Team news

Town go into the game without Lewis Page, Josh Falkingham and Brahima Diarra, all of whom are out for the remainder of the season.

Lewis Richards is also a doubt after being forced off during the defeat to Leyton Orient.

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