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Steve Harris previews the game at Plainmoor
TORQUAY UNITED VS SCUNTHORPE UNITED
Date: 1st October 2022
Torquay: L, L, W, L, D, L
Scunthorpe: L, L, L, D, D, W
HEAD TO HEAD
Torquay: Will Goodwin (2)
Scunthorpe: Joe Nuttall (5)
Year founded: 1899
Nickname: The Iron
Last season’s league finish: 24th in League Two
Division Three/Division Two/League One:
Division Three North:
Division Four/Division Three/League Two:
Runners-up: 2004-05, 2013-14
Football League Trophy:
MANAGER: TONY DAWS
Former Iron midfielder Tony Daws recently took charge of Scunthorpe on an interim basis for a second time following the dismissal of Keith Hill. His previous caretaker stint came in 2011 in the wake of the departure of Ian Baraclough.
Daws spent the bulk of his playing career with Scunthorpe, at both the Old Show Ground and Glanford Park, between 1987 and 1993. He also had spells with a number of other clubs, including their Lincolnshire neighbours Grimsby Town and Lincoln City as well as Notts County and Sheffield United.
PLAYER TO WATCH: JACOB BUTTERFIELD
After gracing the Championship with the likes of Barnsley, Middlesbrough, Huddersfield Town, Derby County earlier in his career, Jacob Butterfield will be looking to make his experience count for the Iron in the 2022-23 campaign.
In more recent times, Butterfield, 32, has appeared in Australia with Melbourne Victory and has also had a spell north of the border with St Johnstone before he joined Scunthorpe in the summer following a successful trial spell.
Date of Birth: 10th June 1990 – 32 Years Old
Former Clubs: Barnsley, Norwich, Crystal Palace, Middlesboro, Huddersfield, Derby, Sheff Wed, Bradford, Luton, Melbourne, St Johnstone
NL Stats 22-23: Played 10, Goals Scored 3, Yellow/Red 1/0
Torquay: Aaron Jarvis
PREVIOUS HEAD TO HEAD
TORQUAY UNITED 0-1 SCUNTHORPE UNITED
5th April 2014
Russ Wilcox’s Scunthorpe extended their record League Two unbeaten run to 25 matches with a 1-0 win at basement side Torquay.
Scunthorpe went ahead from a 31st minute penalty. Torquay central defender Krystian Pearce fouled Matthew Sparrow as he struggled to control Paul Hayes’ cross from the left 10 yards out. Sam Winnall feigned and then tucked away his 31st minute spot kick with aplomb, despite home goalkeeper Martin Rice guessing and diving the right way.
Torquay right back Dale Tonge had the opportunity to restore parity when Torquay were awarded a 44th minute penalty, following a foul on Pearce following a Courtney Cameron corner. Scunthorpe keeper Sam Slocombe also guessed and dived the right way, to his left, to save Tonge’s side foot spot-kick.
Slocombe proved Scunthorpe’s saviour. In the opening minute he palmed over Karl Hawley’s powerful goal-bound header from Cameron’s in-swinging corner. Slocombe went full stretch up into the top corner to flap over substitute Jayden Stockley’s goal-bound 74th minute free-kick from 20 yards. Stockley was sent off in stoppage time for a foul on central defender David Mirfin.
Torquay United (3-5-2)
Ross Marshall – Ali Omar – Shaun Donnellan
Dylan Crowe – Kieron Evans – Asa Hall – Scott Smith – Dan Martin
Aaron Jarvis – Will Goodwin
Scunthorpe United (3-4-1-2)
Andrew Boyce – George Taft – Reagan Ogle
Jai Rowe – Jacob Butterfield – Alfie Beestin – Reagan O’Malley
Caolan Lavery – Joe Nuttall