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PREVIEW | Scunthorpe United vs Rovers (Papa John's Trophy)

9 November 2021

Rovers head to the Sands Venue Stadium for the second time in four days as they face Scunthorpe United in the Papa John’s Trophy

A point for Richie Wellens' side would be enough to see them through to the knock-out stages of the competition while a heavy defeat for Rovers would see Scunthorpe seal second place and the qualifying spot.

Scunthorpe enter Tuesday evening’s match on the heels of consecutive losses including a 1-0 defeat to Rovers. The Iron have scored just six goals since the start of October but will be hoping that a few more days under the stewardship of new manager Keith Hill will help them return to winning ways.  

In the Papa John’s Trophy this season, Scunthorpe have played two and lost two. The Irons were on the wrong end of a 3-0 score line against the Man City U21 side in August, followed by a 4-1 loss to Rotherham in early October.

When it comes to the Papa John’s Trophy, The Iron does have a history. Since 2017/18, they have registered a record of seven wins, five losses and four draws. This includes a 1-1 draw against Rovers in 2017 in a group game that eventually in a 3-2 win on penalties for Rovers.

In 2009, the Irons had a memorable run to the final of the competition, facing Luton Town at Wembley Stadium. Scunthorpe advanced to the finals with 2-1 wins over both Notts County and Grimsby Town. A 1-0 win over Rochdale ensued in the North quarter finals, followed by a 2-1 North semi-finals win over Rochdale. In the North finals, the Irons advanced past Rotherham United with a 3-0 aggregate score line.

Against Luton in the 2009 final, Scunthorpe trailed 2-1, until a Grant McCann 88th-minute goal equalised for the Irons. However, five minutes into injury time, Luton Town’s Claude Gnakpa slotted home the winner for his side.


Scunthorpe United – One to Watch

Jake Scrimshaw

Jake Scrimshaw is the joint top scorer for Scunthorpe United - one of three players for the Irons with two goals scored this season, as well as registering an assist.

He enters Tuesday’s Papa John’s Trophy contest with seven shots on target in 13 total shots, giving him an on-target average of 53.8%. He is averaging 1.25 shots per game, while maintaining 0.68 shots on target per contest. Scrimshaw has pulled in four tackles won and three interceptions.

Born in the Isle of Wright, Scrimshaw served three years (2015-18) at the Bournemouth Academy, before signing his first professional contract with the Cherries in 2018. In August, Scrimshaw completed a season-long loan move to Scunthorpe United from Bournemouth AFC.


Scunthorpe United – Meet the manager

Keith Hill was named manager for Scunthorpe United less than 24 hours prior to Rovers Emirates FA Cup match against Scunthorpe United. Hill took over from Neil Cox, who was let go by the club a before.

A former manager at Rochdale, Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers, Hill arrives to Scunthorpe United having most recently serving in a similar role with Tranmere Rovers in Sky Bet League Two last season. He helped manage Tranmere to the League Two play-offs but was released from his duties with the club prior to the first play-off game. A former player for Rochdale, being capped more than 150 times for the club, Hill served twice in a managerial role with The Dale from 2006-11, followed by another spell from 2013-19. Having begun his playing career with Blackburn Rovers, the former centre-back has a wealth of knowledge and managerial experience leading Rochdale and Tranmere Rovers to the League Two play-offs.

Manager Keith Hill spoke to the media...

On needing the supporters stay behind the team/club:

“Believe, trust, support. We’re a family, and emotionally, they have to reflect and support the players.

“There are [many] games left. So, support, the club, and if they do that and we collectively create the siege mentality – myself, the staff, the players, the board of directors and the supporters, then we can be a strong outfit.”

Thoughts from Cantley Park


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Match Reports

REPORT | Scunthorpe United 2 Rovers 3 (Papa John's Trophy)

9 November 2021

Goals from Rodrigo Vilca and Joe Dodoo (2) helped a very young Rovers side secure a 3-2 win over Scunthorpe United and book their place in the knock-out stages of the Papa John’s Trophy.

Late goals for Ryan Loft and Jake Scrimshaw made for a nervy finish but Rovers saw out injury time to seal three points.

Three international call-ups coupled with a laundry list of injuries saw Richie Wellens name an extremely young squad for the final game of the Papa John’s Trophy North Group E. Seven of the current U18s crop were named in the squad while 17-year-old Tavonga Kuleya earned his place in the starting XI.

Doncaster-born Academy graduates Louis Jones and Branden Horton were also named in the starting line-up along with fellow graduate Ben Blythe. Lirak Hasani made his first start for the club.

Both sides went into the game with a chance of progressing – a point would be enough for Rovers to leapfrog Manchester City U21s into second place, while Scunthorpe required a win scoring four or more goals to ensure they cinched the qualifying spot.

It was the perfect start for Rovers and Kuleya. The 17-year-old registered his first assist within five minutes of kick-off.

A very smart header by Branden Horton released Tommy Rowe down the left – the No.10 cut the ball back to Kuleya who held the ball up really well and found Vilca on the edge of the box. The Peruvian unleashed a shot which took a horrible deflection to wrongfoot keeper Rory Watson and find the back of the net.

Just fifteen minutes later Rovers doubled their lead with Vilca heavily involved again. He drove forward as Rovers looked to hit the Iron on the break, his weighted pass put Dodoo through one-on-one with Watson. The keeper raced out, but the striker showed real composure to slot the ball past him.

It could have been more for Rovers. Rowe tested Watson with a stinging effort from distance and linked up with Kuleya to have another effort from a narrow angle saved.

At the other end, Tom Pugh’s lashed an effort wildly off target when a misplaced cross found him at the edge of the Rovers box.

The game began to even out around the half-hour mark with the home side seeing much more of the ball. Aaron Jarvis was played in behind Tom Anderson, but Louis Jones came flying out of his box and did enough to force the forward to take a wide touch which alleviated the danger. The best chance of the first half came down the right. Pugh got the better of Horton and sent a dangerous ball across the face of goal. It evaded everyone from both sides and rolled away out of danger.

The closest the home side came in this period was Myles Hippolyte’s low, driven effort from distance which flew inches wide of the far post.

Rovers could have extended their lead early in the second period. Hasani played a beautiful cross-field pass to Rowe who juggled his way past the incoming challenges and unleashed an effort from close range which was well-saved by Watson. The loose ball fell to Vilca who rattled the crossbar with the follow-up.

Dodoo did make it three just before the hour mark. He drove forward, got the ball out of his feet and fired past Watson under pressure.

More chances fell to Rovers. Horton was picked out by a fantastic through-ball from Smith. His first shot was blocked by Jai Rowe, but he won the ball back and floated a second effort over the bar with the outside of this foot. Watson pulled of a great stop to deny Dodoo his hat-trick when he unleashed a left-footed effort.

The final eight minutes saw the introduction of another youngster Will Hollings in a straight swap for Kuleya and Jack Goodman who replaced Dodoo.

Jones made his best save of the evening when he flew off his line to close down Hippolyte with five minutes remaining.

The introduction of Jake Scrimshaw made for an anxious final five minutes for Rovers. He got an assist when he played in Loft – who coolly dinked Jones in the 88th minute and less than 90 seconds later he headed in from a corner to make for a nervy three minutes of added time.

Rovers were able to see out the final stages to be in the hat for Saturday’s draw.

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Ticket News

Scunthorpe United ticket details (Papa John’s Trophy)

13 October 2021

Rovers have been sent an initial 536 seated tickets for the upcoming Papa John’s Trophy match against Scunthorpe United which is due to take place on November 9. (7pm kick-off).

Tickets will go on sale as follows:

Monday October 18 – Season ticket membership holders

Monday October 25 – DNA, match package, lottery, and Donny Dog’s Club membership holders

Monday November 1 – General Sale


Ticket prices are as follows:



Senior 65+


Full Time Student (valid NUS)




17 & under



Wheelchair users should contact the Scunthorpe ticket office directly on 01724 747670 to book tickets.

Parking for regular parking bays can be booked in advance online via for £4 in advance or £5 on the day (card only).


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