"Any old iron, any old iron, any any any old iron"
(Traditional music hall song written by Collins, Terry & Sheppard)
We welcome The Iron to Bescot as we look to build on our midweek win at Morecambe and put some more distance between ourselves and the single relegation spot currently occupied by Stevenage. The vagaries of League 2 are demonstrated by the fact that 20th place (us) is 6 points clear of relegation but also 6 points below the play-off zone.
Scunthorpe United are, like ourselves, looking to kick-start their League 2 season. Having appointed Paul Hurst as manager in May this year, one win out of nine games played might well seem to be poor reward bearing in mind the high profile of some of the players in their 38-man squad. Scunthorpe have conceded more goals than anyone, which is a bit strange considering they have ex-Saddler Andy Butler as their captain! But the very mention of Scunthorpe United brings to mind a 1-4 defeat at home, and with good reason as we managed to suffer that scoreline on three occasions in recent years (2012, 2015 and 2016). Be that as it may, The Iron’s current form looks like this:-
Aug 20 Cambridge United (A) Lost 3-2
Aug 24 Macclesfield Town (A) Lost 1-0
Aug 31 Carlisle United (H) Lost 0-1
Sep 7 Mansfield Town (A) Lost 2-0
Sep 14 Morecambe (H) Won 3-0
Sep 17 Oldham Athletic (H) Drew 2-2
No point in trying to guess Darrell Clarke’s starting selections for this game - he appears to base his decisions individually after analysing the opposition’s potential. It’s worth bearing in mind on that score that Scunthorpe are not short in the fight-back department - in their most recent game they were 0-2 down against Oldham Athletic but there was no dropping of heads as they came back for a 2-2 draw.
It’s about time that our strikers produced something to justify their existence, and who better to do it against than the team with the leakiest defence? Let’s go for a 2-1 home win, with goals from Lavery and Gaffney to push us up the League 2 table (a little).…