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đź“ťMatch Preview: Scunthorpe United

We look ahead to Saturday's derby clash at Blundell Park

20 December 2019

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Paul Hurst - United Manager
Ticket News

🎄Scunny Tickets - Still Good Availability

19 December 2019

Team News

Moses Ogbu returned to training this week after missing last Saturday’s nil-nil draw at Carlisle United through illness – and is expecting to be included in Anthony Limbrick’s matchday squad.

Jordan Cook (groin) has also trained and could feature on derby day providing there is no reaction.

However, top-scorer James Hanson (calf) has been ruled out for Saturday and probably Town’s festive fixture campaign.

Form Guide

United are unbeaten in the last six Sky Bet League Two games - they have won three and drawn three of those fixtures.   

Head to Head

Last Time:

Grimsby Town 1-2 Scunthorpe Utd

Grimsby Town lost their opening Trophy group match as Scunthorpe United collected all three points at Blundell Park

A double from striker Kevin Van Veen came either side of Harry Cardwell's equaliser as the visitors, who ended the game with 10 men after James Perch was sent off in added time, claimed a narrow win.

Previous Meetings

27 Jan 1998 Scunthorpe United v Grimsby Town W 0-2 Auto Windscreens Shield
06 Nov 2004 Scunthorpe United v Grimsby Town L 2-0 League Two
23 Apr 2005 Grimsby Town v Scunthorpe United D 0-0 League Two
07 Oct 2008 Scunthorpe United v Grimsby Town L 2-1 Johnstones Paint Trophy
09 Nov 2013 Grimsby Town v Scunthorpe United D 0-0 FA Cup
19 Nov 2013 Scunthorpe United v Grimsby Town W 1-2 FA Cup
03 Oct 2017 Scunthorpe United v Grimsby Town L 2-1 Football League Trophy
03 Sep 2019 Grimsby Town v Scunthorpe United L 1-2 Football League Trophy

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialGTFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from Town's caretaker boss, Anthony Limbrick.

Live on iFollow Mariners

Listen live on iFollow Mariners, with our overseas-based supporters able to watch the game live. 

Alan Buckley and John Tondeur will be your commentary team at Blundell Park. 

Town fans can now purchase an iFollow subscription for a friend, family member or colleague this Christmas, with the introduction of a 'Purchase as a gift' option. more >>

Betting Odds

Grimsby to win and BTTS is now 5/1 from 4/1 - with a Sky Bet Price Boost. 

Correct Score

Town 1-0 - 8/1
Town 2-1 - 9/1
Town 2-0 - 12/1 more betting >>

Man in the Middle:

Referee Tom Nield will take charge of Saturday’s Lincolnshire derby clash with Scunthorpe United.

In 16 games this season, he has brandished the Yellow Card 44 times and shown 2 Red Cards.  

Key Men for The Iron – Kevin van Veen leads the way for the Iron with six goals and one assist to his name.  The big frontman scored two against the Mariners in the Trophy earlier in the season.


What the managers are saying. 

Anthony Limbrick

“We’re excited. We’ve been preparing during the week, and we can’t wait to get going.

“This game has been talked about for a long time so we’re definitely excited and ready to go for it.

“We know about the bragging rights for the fans. It’s a home game for us and we want to be at it and win any home game.

“But especially in this game I don’t think we need to tell these players what it’s about – they totally understand, and they’ll be ready to go."

Paul Hurst

Speaking on, Hurst said: “I’m looking forward to the atmosphere because I’ve been there for this game in the other dugout (in the FA Cup first round as Grimsby manager), and it’s one of the atmospheres that I certainly remember as a manager and probably overall in my time in football,” Hurst told the club website.

“While there may not be 60,000 there, ultimately the noise created and the buzz around the stadium, outside of it as well, is something that stayed with me."

Saturday’s Fixtures

Bradford City vs Salford City
Cambridge United vs Leyton Orient
Colchester United vs Carlisle United
Exeter City vs Walsall
Forest Green vs Swindon
Grimsby Town vs Scunthorpe United
Macclesfield vs Plymouth Argyle
Mansfield vs Northampton
Morecambe vs Newport County
Oldham Athletic vs Crawley
Port Vale vs Cheltenham
Stevenage vs Crewe Alexandra.

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Match Reports

đź“ťMatch Report: Grimsby Town 0-1 Scunthorpe United

Town made to pay for missed chances as Scunthorpe win derby

21 December 2019

Lee Blease
Max Wright

Grimsby Town were left to rue missed chances as Scunthorpe United won the northern Lincolnshire derby at Blundell Park.

The Mariners produced a performance full of effort and determination against their nearest neighbours and were the better side for much of the contest.

But as had been the case in other recent games, they were unable to convert their opportunities and this time, were made to pay.

Matt Green went close early on and Max Wright hit the post in two of Town's best opportunities as Scunthorpe offered little in attack over the first hour.

But when the visitors did get a chance, they were clinical and Kevin van Veen provided the moment of quality to ultimately settle the game and send the points back down the M180.

One change was made to the Town side that started last week's goalless draw at Carlisle, with Charles Vernam coming in for the injured James Hanson.

James McKeown began in goal, with Luke Hendrie, Harry Davis, Luke Waterfall and Liam Gibson forming the defence.

Harry Clifton, Jake Hessenthaler and Ethan Robson were the midfielders, with Wright and Vernam either side of Green in attack.

The Grimsby substitutes were Ludvig Ohman, Harry Cardwell, Joe Starbuck, Ahkeem Rose, Moses Ogbu, Sam Russell and Mattie Pollock.

Scunthorpe arrived at Blundell Park on an excellent run of five wins from their last six games which had taken them clear of trouble at the bottom end of League Two.

Former Town boss Paul Hurst made his first league return to the club with the Iron and made two changes from their 2-2 draw with Colchester last time out, as Junior Brown and Levi Sutton replaced Jordan Clarke and Abo Eisa.

After a quiet start, Scunthorpe won the first corner of the game on five minutes but it came to nothing as a free kick waas eventually given for a push by Rory McArdle.

Town's first attaack saw Gibson get down the left and his cross was retrieved by Clifton on the right but when the ball was put back into the penalty area, it was headed out for a throw-in.

Hessenthaler headed over the bar after a good build-up led to a chipped cross from Hendrie, before another home attack led to Vernam's header being collected by away goalkeeper Jake Eastwood.

Hendrie did well to get back and challenge Levi Sutton to stop a Scunthorpe counter-attack, before the first real chance of the game saw Green get in behind the visitors' defence but Eastwood came off his line to block the striker's shot.

McKeown had to push a cross over his bar for a corner on 19 minutes but van Veen's delivery was cleared at the near post.

Another opportunity for the Mariners came following a block tackle by Waterfall on Yaann Songo'o on the edge of his own box. Vernam found Wright in space on the right and he advanced to the edge of the Scunthorpe penalty area but his shot crashed off the post and went out for a goal kick.

A late challenge on Wright earned Junior Brown the first yellow card of the game on 26 minutes. Hessenthaler's ball from the free kick was headed away by McArdle, who got to it ahead of Waterfall.

The away side were forced into the first substitution two minutes later as Songo'o appeared to still be feeling the effects of Waterfall's challenge a few minutes earlier and could not continue. He was replaced by Jamie Ward.

Another opportunity came when a good touch by Wright sent Robson away through the middle towards the edge of the penalty area but he was tripped by Harrison McGahey, who was booked. Robson's shot from the free kick hit the Scunthorpe wall and his return ball into the box was headed clear.

Clifton was booked for pulling van Veen down as the striker looked to break clear inside the Town half on 36 minutes but the free kick was headed clear by Waterfall.

A cross from Wright was headed out for a corner by McArdle on 43 minutes but Waterfall was penalised for handball after Hessenthaler's delivery from the flag.

Three added minutes were played at the end of the first half and Waterfall headed harmlessly wide from a Hessenthaler free kick in the first of them.

That proved to be the last opportunity of a half which the Mariners had edged and created the better chances in, although the game remained goalless at the interval.

No further changes were made before the restart and the hosts began brightly, putting balls into the Scunthorpe box and showing attacking intent.

A cross from Wright was headed behind for a corner by Ntlhe but after the ball from it eventually dropped for Waterfall, he fired off-target.

Vernam got the byeline on the left soon afterwards and sent over a low cross which was met by Wright but Eastwood managed to block the shot.

At the other end, a shot from Ntlhe was well held by McKeown but most of the attacking was being done by the Mariners and Robson was the next to get into the penalty area, although he could not hit the target.

A foul on Wright in the centre circle and from it, the ball came to Hendrie on the right. He cut into the box after playing a one-two with Wright but was unable to work an opening for a shot until it was too late.

John McAtee replaced Brown for the away side on the hour and within two minutes, they were ahead. Town had created all of the danger in attack but were punished for not taking their chances when Ward broke through the midle and slipped the ball to VAN VEEN, who confidently beat McKeown.

Van Veen was booked for his over-enthusiastic celebrations in front of the Town fans in the Young's Stand but the visitors were now full of confidence as the Mariners were forced to regroup.

Rose replaced Clifton with 20 minutes to go and Ogbu was sent on in place of Green soon afterwards.

Ntlhe was shown a yellow card after the referee adjudged him to have dived in the box under a challenge from Robson, before Wright was caught by James Perch off the ball in an incident which was not seen by the referee.

A Town penalty appeal seconds later was also turned down by the referee after Ogbu looked to have been fouled. Interim manager Anthony Limbrick was shown the yellow card for his protests, before Ward became the latest Scunthorpe player to be booked.

A foul on Rose gave the Mariners a free-kick inside the Scunthorpe half on 82 minutes and after Wright was booked for an earlier trip on Ntlhe, Hessenthaler's free-kick was cleared.

Another foul on Rose brought a free kick in a promising position on the right but Robson's shot was pushed out for a corner by Eastwood. Robson's corner was also cleared but Town worked the ball back to Wright on the left, although his cross was over-hit and went out for a goal kick.

Substitute Ward was himself taken off with five minutes to go as Jamie Proctor was sent on in his place.

A great cross-field ball by Hendrie sent Vernam away down the left but his low shot was pushed away by the keeper, as was the rebound.

Another Town attack soon afterwards led to a corner on the right but again, they could not make it count as Waterfall headed over the bar.

Gibson won a corner as the hosts continued to push forward in search of an equaliser. Again, the ball from the flag was cleared.

The fourth official signalled five added minutes to be played at the end of the game and McKeown made a great save to stop Proctor from making the points safe.

Seconds later, Town were almost level but again, were unable to find the net as Rose shot just wide from the edge of the box.

Vernam fired over the bar in what turned out to be Grimsby's last chance to get something from the game and instead, Scunthorpe were left to celebrate with their travelling supporters.

Town are next scheduled to be in action on Boxing Day, when they are due to travel to Macclesfield Town. 

Town: McKeown (c), Hendrie, Davis, Waterfall, Gibson, Hessenthaler, Robson, Clifton, Vernam, Wright, Green.

Subs: Russell, Pollock, Starbuck, Öhman, Rose, Cardwell, Ogbu.

United: Eastwood, Brown, Ntlhe, McGahey, McArdle (C), Songo'o, Perch,  Sutton, Novak, Gilliead, Van Veen.

Subs: Watson, Bedeau, Butler, McAtee, Miller, Proctor, Ward.

Attendance: 7385 ( 1735)

Referee: Tom Nield 

Possession: Town 56% - 44% United

Next Up: Macclesfield Town (A)

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Ticket News

🎄Scunny Tickets - Still Good Availability

Tickets for Saturday’s derby clash with Scunthorpe United are selling well, but there is still good availability in the Pontoon and Main Stands.

19 December 2019

Tickets are selling fast for Grimsby Town's derby against Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League Two at Blundell Park on Saturday (kick-off 1pm).

Tickets for Saturday’s derby clash with Scunthorpe United are selling well, but there is still good availability in the Pontoon and Main Stands.  

in the Pontoon, there are 337 seats remaining, Main Stand 611, with slightly restricted seats left in the Young’s Upper (125) – equating to over a thousand tickets still available!

We’re looking at a 7,000 plus gate – but it’d be great if Blundell Park was rocking with nearer 8,000 for only the second time we’ve played Scunny at Blundell Park in the league over the last 30 years!

Town's last win over our local rivals game in an FA Cup replay at Glanford Park in 2013, with Lenell John-Lewis and Clayton McDonald booking the Mariners a place in the round two draw. The last league meeting between the two sides came in 2005 when the two sides fought out a nil-nil draw at Blundell Park in front of 7,941 fans. 

Secure your seat Online, by Calling 01472 605050 or by calling into the Ticket Office at Blundell Park.

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