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15th March 2004 
Scunthorpe Utd
At Glanford Park
16/3/04 7:30pm
Following the battle of Brisbane Rd the Harriers are now heading to North Lincolnshire for a battle with Scunthorpe Utd.  We have never won up there but we have only lost one game in our previous three visits but with a bit of Iron In The Soul* we could get our first win.

Matt Gadsby, who picked up a nasty leg injury in the early part of the game against Orient won't be making an appearance for this one but the player he replaced, Scott Stamps, will be back from his one match suspension and no doubt looking for another booking.

Apart from that expect the same starting line-up as Saturday with this time may be Bo Henriksen making it to the bench.  One who won't be there will be Robert Betts.  He was released by the club today after failing to gain a regular starting place.  In the games he has played, most notably at Macclesfield earlier in the season, he has looked quite a useful player but tended to drift out of the game when he was most needed.

Scunthorpe will be without a defender, Mark Jackson, for this game after it was revealed that he will be facing further surgery on a damaged ankle.  Jackson is currently waiting on the results of a scan on his right ankle.  The injury is a major blow for the defender who has only just recovered from an injury to his left ankle which has kept him out of the first team squad since Christmas.

Wayne Graves should come back into the reckoning after recovering from a head injury but defender Nathan Stanton suffered a bang on the head during the defeat at Hull City on Saturday.  He played the whole of the second half without any feeling down the right hand side of his head and was rushed to hospital straight after the game.

It was thought Stanton had suffered a fractured skull but that had not been the case.  It's doubtful that he'll be playing.

Scunthorpe's manager, Brian Laws, is walking a tightrope regarding his future at Glanford Park.  He has just bought in the ex Grimbsby manager and WBA favourite Paul Groves on a short term deal in an effort to give the team some much needed drive.  A risky move when your job is on the line.

Three points from this game should see us jump above Scunny in the table and safe for another year.  Another three points from the Macc on Saturday and we may even be eyeing up the play-offs!!

*Answers on a postcard, or the m/b who the author was.  Shep, don't answer that!


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Viveash, Sall, Hatswell, Murray, Coleman, Yates, Hinton, Keates, Parrish, Bennett, Ward, Christiansen, Henriksen, Rickards, J Williams, Foster.

Scunthorpe from:
Evans, Stanton, Sharp, Byrne, Sparrow, Graves, Hayes, Torpey, Calvo-Garcia, Ridley, Beagrie, Kilford, Barwick, Parton, Butler, Kell, Featherstone, Capp, MacLean, Penn, M Williams, Hunt, Taylor, Groves, Holloway.
Previous games against Scunthorpe
Harriers score first
2003 - 04
0 - 2
2002 - 03
1 - 3
1 - 1
2001 - 02
1 - 0
0 - 1
2000 - 01
0 - 2
0 - 0

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