Scunthorpe United completed their pre-season preparations on Saturday afternoon at Glanford Park with an impressive 2-0 victory over last season’s League Two Champions, Lincoln City.
Following another warm-up victory, Iron’s boss Paul Hurst was a happy man, saying after the win, “We showed both sides of the game in terms of what you need to do to win matches and be successful. Dundee aside, because I’m not sure what the expectations were beforehand, every other result has gone the way people would have expected. Albeit, we were on home soil, today we faced a team who are in a higher division now having won the league in style last season, so maybe we weren’t favourites today.”
Two first half goals separated the sides, with Adam Hammillcontinuing his encouraging form by getting on the score sheet again, whilst Regan Slater got the Iron’s second of the game just before half-time. It was a timely strike from Slater, who had been named on the team sheet as Trialist A, but it was announced after the game that he would be joining Scunthorpe on a season long loan deal from Sheffield United.
The win over the Imps will send Scunthorpe into their season opener against Swindon Town this weekend full of confidence, and the bookies have them as 21/20 favourites to get their campaign off to the perfect start with maximum points against the Robins. Saturday’s game will be a good test of the Iron’s promotion credentials, as the visitors finished mid-table in League Two last season.
The Iron are currently fifth favourites for promotion with some of the greatest online bookies in the UK, including SkyBet who make them a 5/2 chance to go straight back up.
Scunthorpe, who were relegated from League One last term, will be hoping to mount a promotion campaign as they make a bid for an instant return to the third tier of English football. But it won’t be easy with the likes of Bradford City, Plymouth Argyle, Mansfield Town and Salford City amongst those being tipped for promotion from League Two.