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26 November 2021

Match Previews


26 November 2021

City are on their travels for their second of three-consecutive away trips, this time with a visit to Scunthorpe United on Saturday for a 3.00pm kick-off in Sky Bet League Two.

The Iron sit bottom of the league with 13 points from their first 18 games - level on points with Carlisle who sit a place above and two points off Oldham who currently place outside of the relegation zone.

Scunthorpe have conceded more goals than anyone in the division this season - shipping 34. Despite their difficult start, The Iron have only scored one fewer goal than Tranmere who are just three points off the play-off spots.

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about our 19th league opponent of the season.


The Iron signed 11 players in the summer window to replace the 10 who departed the club.

INCOMINGS: Harry Wood (Hull, loan), Tom Billson (Coventry, loan), Harry Bunn (York), Harry Davis (Morecambe), Alex Kenyon (Morecambe), Ross Millen (Kilmarnock), Tyrone O’Neill (Middlesbrough), Alex Perry (Wigan), Lewis Thompson (Blackburn Rovers), Hayden Hackney (Middlesbrough, loan), Jake Scrimshaw (AFC Bournemouth, loan)

OUTGOINGS: Jacob Bedeau (Burnley), Kenan Dunnwald-Turan (Stockport County), John McAtee (Grimsby Town), Kevin van Veen (Motherwell), Alex Gilliead (Bradford City), Junior Brown (Bristol Rovers), Lewis Butroid (Gainsborough), Jordan Clarke (Oldham Athletic), Andy Dales (Mickleover), Abo Eisa (Bradford City). 


Mason O’Malley

Mason O’Malley joined the Iron's under-23s setup - after leaving Huddersfield at the age of 18.

O’Malley operates from left-back and has a chance creation of 1.08 chances per 90 minutes this season - creating 13 opportunities in 12 appearances for The Iron.

The 20-year-old is Scunthorpe’s top assister this season, registering two thus far.

Jake Scrimshaw

Jake Scrimshaw joined Scunthorpe on a season-long loan from Sky Bet Championship side AFC Bournemouth in the summer.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan with Walsall and Newport County, netting five times in 10 appearances. Scrimshaw has scored three and registered one assist for the Iron, making him their top goal-scorer.

He operates as a striker and plays effectively in a pair or as a lone centre-forward.

Harry Bunn

Former Sheffield United and Preston North End striker Harry Bunn joined the club on a one-year deal after leaving York City.

The experienced forward was brought into the club to sure up a young strike force, adding some seniority to the Iron’s front line.

Bunn made over 100 appearances for Huddersfield town during a three-and-a-half-year stay, featuring heavily during the Terriers 2017 Sky Bet Championship promotion season.


Former Morecambe man Harry Davis captains the Iron after joining the club in summer. Davis made 27 appearances under City boss Derek Adams during the Shrimps' promotion season last year.

The 30-year-old operates as a centre-back in a back four and has made 11 starts for Scunthorpe this season.

Davis has made over 300 career appearances - scoring 24 goals in Sky Bet League One and Two and the Scottish Championship.


Keith Hill is the man in the dugout at Glanford Park, joining the club this month following the departure of Neil Cox who managed two wins in 15 games this season.

Hill has a wealth of managerial experience with over 700 matches in charge under his belt. The 52-year-old has achieved two promotions from Sky Bet League Two and spent 11 years in charge of Rochdale across two spells, keeping them in Sky Bet League One for five years in his second term. 

During Hill's 16-year managerial career, he also took charge of hometown club Bolton Wanderers but could not help them avoid relegation from Sky Bet League One.


Scunthorpe 1 (Jake Scrimshaw 64’)

Leyton Orient 1 (Aaron Drinan 21’)

IRON: Kieran O’Hara; Ross Millen (booked 42’), Mason O’Malley (Alex Perry 45’, booked 85’), Alex Kenyon (Jai Rowe 83’), George Taft © ; Emmanuel Onariase, Alfie Beestin, Ryan Loft (Jake Scrimshaw 60’) Lewis Thompson (booked 78’); Aaron Jarvis, Tom Pugh (booked 83’). SUBS (not used): Devarn Green, Tom Collins, Hayden Hackney, Myles Hippolyte.


Meetings: 63 

Scunthorpe: 24

Draws: 19

City Wins: 20

Tickets for the encounter are available until 4.00PM TODAY. CLICK HERE to purchase. 

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