Town 1 Scunthorpe United 2
Town: Jayson Leutwiler, Matt Tootle, Ian Black (Zak Whitbread 55), James Collins, Sullay Kaikai, Junior Brown, Abu Ogogo, Nathaniel Knight-Percival (c), Tyrone Barnett (Shaun Whalley 76), Larnell Cole, Dominic Smith
Subs: Shaun Rowley, Mat Sadler, Liam McAlinden, Jordan Clark, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro
Scunthorpe United: Luke Daniels, Scott Wiseman, Scott Laird, David Mirfin, Paddy Madden, Neal Bishop, Jack King (c), Tommy Rowe (Sean McAllister 88), Tom Hooper, ( Kevin van Veen 61) Murray Wallace, Gary McSheffrey (Joe Lolley 61)
Subs: Joe Anyon, Luke Williams, Charlie Goode, Jordan Clarke
Ref: Eddie Ilderton
Assistants: Billy Khatib and Ricky Wootton
Fourth Official: Ryan Johnson
Attendance: 3558 (with 227 from Town)
Micky Mellon sticks with the side that finished the second half of last week's 4-2 win over Colchester United. It means that Tyrone Barnett and Sullay Kaikai start with Jordan Clark and Mark Ellis making way.
The first chance of the game dropped to Scunthorpe after Brown played the ball infield to Black, he attempted to let the ball run but Tommy Rowe nicked in to come away with possession, he took play forward and hit in a long range effort that flew just wide of the target.
The game was a little flat in the opening exchanges with neither side really showing too much other as they got to grips with each other.
It was Town who took the advantage on the 15 minute mark and it was Sullay Kaikai with something out of nothing. The ball was just inside the Scunthorpe half, Kaikai picked the ball up and turned, he drove forward to the edge of the box and drove in a low shot that beat the dive of Daniels to put Town in front.
From the kick-off Town regained possession and countered, the ball was with Collins down the right and played in Barnett, the angle was tight but he got his shot away across goal but it was wide of the far post.
Scunthorpe were looking to hit straight back and started to put a lot of pressure onto the Town goal. There was a moment when Leutwiler came out to block, he did well but the ball rebounded to an Iron's player, he drove the ball back across goal towards Madden but Smith was there to turn the ball behind for a corner.
Town were playing some good football and really taking the game to the home side and creating chances. At the other end Scunthorpe looking dangerous from set pieces, one free-kick was curled in and dropped to Wallace at the back post, he turned sharply but put his shot wide of the far post.
Town created a great opening with 10 minutes of the half remaining, Ian Black started the move and the ball was moved quickly around the pitch, Kaikai and Brown combined well with a cross coming into find Collins, he turned his marker and curled in a low shot but Daniels was alert and down quickly to save.
Scunthorpe were finishing the half strongly and kept pushing and looking to end the half on level terms. There were balls into the box but Leutwiler was doing well to get in a number of good stops and the defence were doing well to clear when the ball dropped to them.
A long ball down field is flicked on by Barnett and Kaikai shows great pace to try and get on the end of it but Daniels out quickly and down to smoother the ball on the edge of the box.
At the other end a break from Scunthorpe saw Ogogo slip and this allowed Laird to drive into the box, he hit in a shot from the angle but Leutwiler was there with a good save and Ian Black was on spot to clear the rebound down field.
Scunthorpe were putting on a lot of pressure and Micky Mellon made an early change bringing on Zak Whitbread on to replace Ian Black, Whitbread looked to be sitting in front of the Town defence.
The home side’s pressure paid off on 57 minutes when a ball into the back post saw Laird and Ogogo challenge for the ball, it was the Scunthorpe player who rose highest and he put his header past Leutwiler to make it 1-1.
Mark Robins made a double change soon after with Joe Lolley coming on to replace Gary McSheffrey and Kevin van Veen on for Tom Hooper.
Scunthorpe were continuing to put the pressure on and Micky Mellon made another change with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro coming on to replace Larnell Cole. It meant that Collins and Barnett were still on the pitch with Town having a lot of attacking options.
Scunthorpe got their noses in front from the penalty spot with just over 15 minutes of the game remaining. It came from the determination of Rowe who picked the ball up on the edge of the Town box, he attempted to bulldoze through the Town defence and drive into the box, he kept going and Junior Brown jumped in and ref Ilderton had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Paddy Madden placed the ball and his shot had the power to beat the dive of Leutwiler and make it 2-1 to the home side.
Micky Mellon had his final change of the afternoon bringing Shaun Whalley on to replace Tyrone Barnett with just over 10 minutes of the game remaining.
Town were finishing well looking to level the game and they were creating chances, first when Whitbread put the ball into the back post, it dropped to Kaikai who turned it back to Brown who made the space to fire in a shot but it was just wide. Then minutes later good build up from Town ended with Whalley coming infield and playing it to Collins, they then played a one-two that ended with Collins hitting in a shot that skewed wide of the target.
Town were pressing and Knight-Percival was caught late by van Veen to win Town a free-kick, Leutwiler lifted it into the box and Junior Brown found the space to nick in and get in a decent header but it was just wide of the target.