Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.
Scunthorpe gave their League One play-off prospects a boost with victory over second-placed Bolton.
The Iron scored the vital goal in the 11th minute, when Josh Morris curled a free-kick to the back post and defender David Mirfin headed home.
Scunthorpe were good value for their victory, despite a late spell of visiting pressure.
They controlled much of the first period with Bolton's only sight at goal, six minutes before the break, hooked high and wide into the crowd by Conor Wilkinson.
The Iron were unlucky not to double their lead early in the second half when a low strike from Neal Bishop took a slight deflection before striking the foot of a post.
But they had goalkeeper Joe Anyon to thank for a first clean sheet in almost two months as he tipped over a powerful drive from James Henry, before later going down to his left to brilliantly keep out Max Clayton's downward header.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 5M WallaceBooked at 80mins
- 30CrooksSubstituted forBishopat 45'minutesBooked at 64mins
- 8DawsonSubstituted forDaviesat 90+4'minutes
- 9MaddenSubstituted forMantomat 86'minutes
- 10van Veen
- 6VelaBooked at 33mins
- 21PratleySubstituted forHenryat 63'minutes
- 45Le Fondre
- 35WilkinsonSubstituted forClaytonat 63'minutes
- David Webb
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.
Attempt saved. Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Craig Davies replaces Stephen Dawson.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by David Mirfin.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Stephen Dawson.
Attempt blocked. Max Clayton (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Scott Wiseman (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).
Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt blocked. Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).
Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Sam Mantom replaces Paddy Madden.
Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by David Wheater.
Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United).
James Henry (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.
Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.