The Iron drew 1-1 with Lincoln City in the Checkatrade Trophy last night, with the visitors taking an extra point following their 3-1 penalty shootout success.
Scunthorpe manager Stuart McCall made a number of changes to the side that suffered defeat at Luton Town on Saturday, with several fringe players being handed some much-needed game time.
The only men to maintain their places in the line-up were captain Rory McArdle, Matty Lund, Ryan Colclough and Stephen Humphyrs. They were joined by Jonathan Flatt, Levi Sutton, Charlie Goode, Lewis Butroid, James Perch, Andy Dales and Clayton Lewis.
The first half wasn’t up to much, with the sides going in goalless at the break. That didn’t last for much longer though, as the home side edged ahead in the early stages of the second half.
It was the impressive Ryan Colclough who got the Iron’s only goal of the game, notching his second goal of the season in the 56th minute. The winger hit a low drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the area, following a nice sequence of play in midfield.
United were unable to hold out for the victory though, as the Imps’ Harry Anderson slotted home past Jonathan Flatt in the Iron goal, after he was picked out with a cross from the right-hand side. The away side were then reduced to ten men in injury time, but it was too late to have any bearing on the game and it went to a penalty shootout.
Scunthorpe were not as fortunate as they had been in their previous Checkatrade Trophy game with Wolves U21s, as they went on to score just one of their penalties in the shootout against the Imps. Lee Novak saw his effort saved by Sam Slocombe, before Stephen Humphrys and Matty Lund also missed from the spot, with Charlie Goode the only Iron man to hit the back of the net.
Lincoln’s shootout victory ensured that they took two points away from the fixture, while Scunthorpe were left with just one point following the draw in normal time.
The Iron will now need to beat Mansfield in their final Checkatrade Trophy group-stage game, to ensure their place in the knockout rounds of the competition.