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Preview: Barrow v Scunthorpe United

19 October 2021

A photograph of The Dunes Hotel Stadium Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
The Dunes Hotel Stadium

We turn our attentions to this evening's action with a full and in-depth preview of Scunthorpe United's League Two visit to The Dunes Hotel Stadium.

Barrow v Scunthorpe United
Tuesday 19th October 2021, 7.45pm
The Dunes Hotel Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Scunthorpe United have suffered a frustrating start to the new campaign and arrive at The Dunes Hotel Stadium in the midst of a four-game losing streak which has left them bottom of the table.

Boss Neil Cox has had to contend with some bad luck on the injury and illness front so far during 2021/22 and the Iron chief also felt his side were on the wrong end of some poor refereeing decisions during the weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Forest Green Rovers.

Scunthorpe have tasted victory just once so far this season – a 1-0 triumph over Tranmere Rovers at the end of August – and have collected just one points from the last available 21 in League Two.

However, Cox is experienced enough to know that things can change very quickly and he will be hoping that victory in Cumbria this evening can be a platform for his side to climb away from trouble.

One To Watch
Ryan Loft has handed Scunthorpe United a boost in recent weeks by returning from a cheek injury which had kept him on the sidelines throughout September.

The former Spurs youngster top scored for The Iron last season, and they will be looking to him to find the goals to fire them away from the base of the table this time around.

Loft has hit the net twice so far this term and he remains one of Scunthorpe’s biggest attacking threats so The Bluebirds will have to keep a close eye on him this evening.

Head To Head
This evening’s game will be the 26th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Scunthorpe have had the better of it historically having won 13 times in comparison to Barrow’s eight triumphs.

However, The Bluebirds have run out 1-0 winners in each of the last two games between the sides, including a Carabao Cup victory at The Dunes Hotel Stadium back in August.

Referee
Ben Toner will be on duty at The Dunes Hotel Stadium for the first time this season when he is the man in the middle for our League Two meeting with Scunthorpe United.

The experienced official has been on the EFL beat since 2015/16 and last oversaw The Bluebirds during our trip to Exeter City on the final day of last season.

Toner’s most recent appointment came in the North East when he watched Hartlepool United overcome Northampton 2-1 in League Two at Victoria Park.

Tickets
Tickets for tonight’s game are available in advance online right now, from Main Reception from 2pm (card payment only) and then from the Fan Zone Ticket Booth from 5pm (cash and card payment).

Click here for all the information you need on buying tickets for tonight’s game.

Live Streaming
We are allowed to stream this evening’s fixture on iFollow so if you can’t get along to The Dunes Stadium then you will be able to enjoy a live feed online with us.

All you need to do is ensure you’re signed-up for a FREE iFollow account and then you can add a Video Match Pass for this evening’s game then sit back and enjoy all the action live.

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Live Commentary
We will be providing live online audio commentary from every game this season as we continue our link-up with BBC Radio Cumbria.

Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by John Goodwin to describe all the action as it unfolds against The Iron.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

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Betting
Barrow have been installed as big 4/7 favourites for the three points tonight, with visitors Scunthorpe United out at 9/2 and the draw priced up at 14/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at a full list of markets ahead of this evening’s game.

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Match Reports

Report: Barrow 1 Scunthorpe United 1

19 October 2021

A photograph of Barrow's Robbie Gotts celebrating his goal against Scunthorpe United Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
Robbie Gotts celebrates his goal for Barrow against Scunthorpe United

Barrow left it late to rescue a point against Scunthorpe United as Robbie Gotts’ classy finish ten minutes from time ensured it was honours even at The Dunes Hotel Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Bluebirds were far from at their best in the encounter and didn’t really get into their stride until the closing stages on an evening when both sides missed penalties.

The visitors went at The Bluebirds from the first whistle and could have been ahead inside thirty seconds when the ball broke kindly for Jake Scrimshaw and his looping shot was turned round the post by Paul Farman.

The pressure continued and when the ball went back into the Barrow box, Mark Ellis was adjudged to have fouled Myles Hippolyte and Scunthorpe were awarded a penalty – only for front man Ryan Loft to smash his low effort wide of the post.

That all happened within the opening three minutes and it took a little time for Mark Cooper’s men to regain the composure but they slowly began enjoying a little more possession.

However, there wasn’t the same fluency that Bluebirds fans have become accustomed to this season and Scunthorpe almost seized on some sloppy defending to grab an opening goal but Hippolyte dragged a first-time shot off target.

Ollie Banks was attempting to influence things in the middle of the park and he drove forward towards the edge of The Iron box but his low shot lacked the venom to trouble keeper Rory Watson who collected easily down to his right.

As half time approached, Scrimshaw fond space to let fly from the left side of the area and his well-struck drive was parried round the post by Farman.

However, from the resultant corner delivered from the left, George Taft rose highest to power a header beyond Farman and send the visitors in 1-0 up at the break.

Cooper made a change at half time as James Jones was replaced by Josh Kay and he did inject a little more urgency into the Barrow play but they continued to struggle to create clear cut chances.

In fact, the first real moment of danger came at the other end on the hour mark when the ball fell kindly for Loft on the left corner of the box, but his fierce strike was comfortably held by Farman.

The Bluebirds responded with some of their best football of the half when the ball was worked cleverly into Offrande Zanzala back to goal on the edge of the box and he laid it off to Josh Gordon only for his low drive to go straight at keeper Rory Watson.

Barrow were handed a big opportunity on 73 minutes when Gordon’s cross from the right bounced up unkindly on Scunthorpe defender Tom Pugh and struck his arm. The referee was well placed to see it and pointed to the spot, but the usually reliable Banks saw his drilled penalty blocked by the feet of Watson and The Iron were reprieved.

However, the blow seemed to serve as a wake-up call for the home side. Moments later, Remeao Hutton drove to the right byline and fizzed a low cross in to substitute Dimitri Sea whose first-time shot was brilliantly parried away by Watson.

Cooper’s men continued to apply the pressure and another delivery from the right from Hutton found Mark Ellis at the far post and his downward header drew another fantastic save from Watson as Scunthorpe rocked.

Barrow wouldn’t take no for an answer and, as some players appealed for a penalty, Gotts didn’t wait for a decision and instead strode on to the loose ball on the edge of the area and guided a beautiful low shot into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-1.

Gordon almost won it three minutes from time when he rose highest to head on goal, but the looping effort came back off the cross bar and Scunthorpe got it clear.

Kay had an opportunity a minute later when he cleverly slalomed between two defenders into the box only to see his low shot gathered by Watson down low.

Full Time: Barrow 1 Scunthorpe United 1

Barrow: Farman, Hutton, J Jones (Kay 46), Ellis, Grayson, Brough, Banks, Gotts, Stevens, Gordon, Zanzala (Sea 70).
Subs: Lillis, Arthur, White, Williams.

Booked: Brough.

Scunthorpe United: Watson, Millen, Taft, Onariase, Loft, Hippolyte (Beestin 59), Rowe, Thompson, Scrimshaw (Wood 65), Pugh, Hackney (Jarvis 77).
Subs not used: Collins, Wilson, O’Neill, Gallimore.

Booked: Hackney, Millen, Loft.

Referee: Ben Toner

Attendance: 2,739 (86 Scunthorpe United)

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