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Scunthorpe United 3-1 Harrogate Town

Striker Ryan Loft made one goal and scored another as Scunthorpe secured a fourth successive win with a 3-1 success over Harrogate.

Loft fired the Iron ahead right at the end of the first half, after Josh March's penalty had cancelled out Devarn Green's opener, before substitute Lewis Spence sealed the win in the 90th minute.

The home side went in front in the fourth minute when, following neat play between Loft and Alex Gilliead, Green had time to control the ball and lash home at the far post.

After a shaky start, Harrogate soon became the side in the ascendancy and almost immediately after Loft saw a close-range finish ruled out for offside in the 26th minute, the visitors levelled from the spot. On-loan striker March fired in after having his heels clipped by George Taft in the box.

Harrogate continued to look the likeliest to add to the scoring until a lofted pass from Alfie Beestin in first-half stoppage time caught the visiting defence napping and Loft controlled well and finished clinically.

Both sides struggled to create much in the final third in a scrappy second half, with Spence producing the one moment of quality when finding the top corner from 25 yards.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 33Howard
  • 2Clarke
  • 6OnariaseSubstituted forBedeauat 78'minutes
  • 3Taft
  • 12Brown
  • 8Gilliead
  • 23KaracanSubstituted forSpenceat 78'minutes
  • 22Beestin
  • 14GreenSubstituted forvan Veenat 59'minutes
  • 11EisaBooked at 69mins
  • 9LoftSubstituted forHallamat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Watson
  • 4Bedeau
  • 10van Veen
  • 18Hallam
  • 20Spence
  • 25Rowe
  • 38O'Malley

Harrogate

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Belshaw
  • 6Burrell
  • 5Smith
  • 20Hall
  • 22Francis
  • 30PowerSubstituted forMuldoonat 88'minutes
  • 7Thomson
  • 4Falkingham
  • 28McPake
  • 10MartinSubstituted forBeckat 70'minutes
  • 24March

Substitutes

  • 9Beck
  • 12Lawlor
  • 14Kiernan
  • 17Kerry
  • 18Muldoon
  • 25Minter
Referee:
John Busby

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamHarrogate
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home4
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Harrogate Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Harrogate Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Warren Burrell (Harrogate Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by George Thomson with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Jacob Bedeau.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Connor Hall (Harrogate Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Thomson with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Beck with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Jacob Bedeau.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Scunthorpe United 3, Harrogate Town 1. Lewis Spence (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kevin van Veen.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Warren Burrell.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Abo Eisa (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfie Beestin.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Harrogate Town. Jack Muldoon replaces Simon Power.

  12. Post update

    Foul by George Thomson (Harrogate Town).

  13. Post update

    Jordan Hallam (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jordan Hallam replaces Ryan Loft.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Lewis Spence replaces Jem Karacan.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jacob Bedeau replaces Emmanuel Onariase.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joshua McPake (Harrogate Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Beck.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Emmanuel Onariase.

  19. Post update

    Warren Burrell (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge30157847281952
2Forest Green27139537261148
3Cheltenham28138737261147
4Morecambe2913793940-146
5Salford28129738231545
6Tranmere2813693734345
7Newport2712873729844
8Exeter271110649341543
9Carlisle25134835241143
10Bolton29118103640-441
11Leyton Orient28116113530539
12Crawley2710893735238
13Bradford27107103131037
14Walsall2881373537-237
15Harrogate29106133337-436
16Scunthorpe27112143135-435
17Oldham28105134652-635
18Mansfield2871383739-234
19Port Vale2996144144-333
20Colchester2871293037-733
21Stevenage30712112431-733
22Southend2966171845-2724
23Barrow2758143239-723
24Grimsby2756162046-2621
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