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PREVIEW | Scunthorpe United vs Wrexham

The Iron will test Wrexham's mettle.

8 November 2022

After a fortnight of enjoying the familiar comforts of home, Wrexham return to the road to face National League new boys Scunthorpe United.

Wrexham meet Scunthorpe after a separation of 16 years with momentum behind us. A run of four consecutive home games ended on Sunday with a perfect outcome: four wins, three clean sheets and an aggregate score of 11-1. To build on that run, Phil Parkinson’s side need to show they can replicate such dominant form in away games.

Wrexham haven’t won away from The Racecourse since the victory at Oldham at the start of October. Since then we’ve lost 1-0 at Notts County in a game which could have gone either way, struggled to impose ourselves in an FA Cup draw at Blyth Spartans, and put in a strong performance to draw at Boreham Wood.

The question of whether Wrexham can impose ourselves on the road is the sole issue still agitating fans: after such a fine run of wins, two away games in four games is a testing schedule, but one which could allow the Red Dragons to show they can maintain their form away from their own patch.

Scunthorpe suffered relegation to the National League last Summer, and nearly a third through their first season in non-league football they are not enjoying the experience.

Before the round of midweek fixtures, they were just one point above the relegation zone, having enjoyed just three wins from 18 matches, including an FA Cup Qualifying Round defeat to South Shields. Those wins all came at home though, as did 11 of their 15 points, so Wrexham visit Glanford Park knowing their opponents are a more difficult proposition at home than their league position suggests.

United's slide into non-league football was precipitated by problems off the pitch, and the club's ownership remains unresolved with two groups reportedly interested in taking the reins. There were rumours of unpaid wages last month, which Iron COO Lee Turnbull moved to quash on BBC Radio Humberside.

“I think there are many clubs up and down the country that are feeling the pinch," he explained. "There has been clubs up and down the pyramid that have struggled to pay wages.

“We pay our wages on time. In my long history with this football club, wages have always been paid on payday and that was no different. Historically this football club have always achieved that.”

On the pitch, United's poor start to the season cost manager Keith Hill his job, with academy manager Tony Daws stepping in as interim manager.  His temporary reign has been a long one, with 12 matches already under his belt, and he certainly staunched the bleeding: former Wrexham defender Hill lost 27 of his 39 games at the helm, including the last 5, but under Daws only 2 of their 10 league games have ended in defeat.

After Scunthorpe's most recent game, a 2-0 loss at Eastleigh, Daws felt he'd seen signs of improvement.

“We’re not the finished article by a long way, but we’re improving, and the team are working really hard to try and do that. When we turn up and play like I know we can do, we look like a really decent team. Consistency is all we’re missing in our performances and I don’t think we are that far away from achieving that.”

Tony Daws, Scunthorpe United interim manager.

They will certainly hope to improve defensively. They haven't kept a clean sheet this season; indeed, their last shut-out was 30 games ago against Crawley last March. Their most recent home clean sheet was back in February, 16 home matches ago.


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We haven’t been to Scunthorpe United since 2006, when we pulled off an FA Cup second round upset. They were a division above us, but we were convincing 2-0 winners through goals by Mark Jones and Kevin Smith.


We’ve had a few high profile wins at Glanford Park since The Iron moved there in 1988. Another second round tie, this time a replay, in 1996 saw us pull off a dramatic 3-2 win after extra time.

It looked like we were going out, but with three minutes left a remarkable goalkeeping error allowed Steve Morris to tap in an equaliser. Steve Watkin kept his cool to score the winner from the penalty spot in the 114th minute, and we went on to reach the quarter-finals.

We lost our first league match there, but returned at the end of the season for the second leg of a play-off semi-final. We led 3-1 from the first leg and put in a dominant performance: Kevin Russell put us ahead in the second minute and added another before the break to kill off the tie.

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Sam Dalby’s 100th career match.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Scunthorpe United 1 – 3 Wrexham AFC

Red Dragons go top with win at Glanford Park

9 November 2022

Wrexham returned to the top of the Vanarama National League table as Ollie Palmer, Aaron Hayden and Paul Mullin all added to their goal tallies in a win away to Scunthorpe United.

Palmer broke the deadlock during a dominant first-half spell for the visitors, and Hayden headed in the second.

Jai Rowe pulled a goal back for Scunthorpe before the break, but Mullin’s tap in – his 16th goal of the season in all competitions – sealed victory.

With Wrexham in their white shirts for the first time this season, Phil Parkinson made two changes to the starting line-up with Palmer and Bryce Hosannah both returning.

It meant Sam Dalby dropping to the bench, while Anthony Forde missed out with the injury that forced him off against Oldham.

Both sides traded long balls early on, before the first big chance of the game fell to Mullin on 11 minutes.

Ben Tozer went forward for a throw-in, but took it short to Elliot Lee and crossed from the return ball, only for an unmarked Mullin to head over from six yards.

Wrexham really started to turn the screw just before the 20-minute mark, however, forcing Marcus Dewhurst into a pair of fine saves.

First, Luke Young charged through the middle and, when his pass to Palmer was blocked, ran onto the loose ball to half-volley goalwards on his left foot.

Dewhurst acrobatically tipped that effort over, but his second save was even better. From the resultant corner, Jordan Tunnicliffe headed the ball down, and Dewhurst somehow scooped it up and over the bar.

The pressure told on 21 minutes, however, when Mullin charged down and clearance and crossed for Palmer, who’s scuffed finish wrong-footed Dewhurst and rolled in.

Tunnicliffe went close again on 24 minutes, as Wrexham looked to press home their advantage – his glancing header from Tozer’s throw-in being cleared off the line at the back post.

Jones and Mullin then exchanged passes in the 25th minute, before the midfielder shot goalwards but his effort lacked the power to test Dewhurst.

Lee was next to try his luck, taking over after Callum McFadzean was bundled over on 27 minutes, but his curling, right-footed effort was just over.

Wrexham did double their lead on 32 minutes, however, with Hayden heading in yet another goal – his ninth of the season. The centre-back rose highest to meet Young’s deep free-kick and nod in.

It was a period of total dominance from Wrexham, but their work was undone slightly on 42 minutes by some slack defending at the back post.

McFadzean was guilty of switching off, and Jai Rowe was the man to profit as he finished low beyond Mark Howard to end the Red Dragons’ run of clean sheets.

The second-half was less frenetic, though Scunthorpe looked the more likely to score initially – both Aaron Hayden and substitute Liam McAlinden making vital blocks in the Wrexham area.

The latter in particular kept Wrexham ahead, with Mason O’Malley’s shot otherwise destined for the bottom corner.

Good pressing by Palmer and Mullin in the 63rd minute eased the pressure, however, and Wrexham took full advantage.

Young lofted a shot goalwards on 64 minutes that looped just over, and McFadzean went even closer five minutes later – his vicious 20-yard shot clattering the far post.

McFadzean was central to the third goal when it did arrive on 70 minutes, however. The wing-back read the ball well to head an awkward bouncing ball forward, and continued his run to receive Lee’s through ball and cross low for Mullin to tap in at the back post.

Wrexham could have added to their lead too, with Palmer’s left-footed volley flashing just wide across goal in the 80th minute.

Moments later, Mullin was just inches away from reaching Palmer’s cross to steer the ball in at the back post and the former spun well and fired over in the 82nd minute.

Mullin was replaced by Sam Dalby for the final few minutes, and the latter's fierce strike was parried clear by Dewhurst in the first minute of stoppage time.

Rob Apter nearly pulled one back in the 94th minute, but Howard tipped his curling left-footed effort onto the underside of the bar and Wrexham resisted some late pressure to celebrate victory.

The Red Dragons now sit top of the table, taking advantage of Notts County's draw with Southend United on Tuesday to leapfrog the Magpies.


Scunthorpe United: Dewhirst, Ntlhe (Young 37), Boyce, Taft, O’Malley, Beestin, Lavery, Butterfield, Apter, Nuttall, Rowe (Carver 75)

Subs not used: Foster, Wilson, Pugh

Wrexham AFC: (3-4-1-2): Howard, Hayden, Tozer, Tunnicliffe, Hosannah (McAlinden 60), J.Jones, Young, McFadzean, Lee (O'Connor 78), Mullin (Dalby 88), Palmer

Subs not used: Lainton, J.Davies

Referee: Garreth Rhodes

Attendance: 3,569 (807 Wrexham)

Bookings: Wrexham - Luke Young; Scunthorpe - Caolan Lavery

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