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Classic Encounters - Iron v Rovers IV

2 October 2014

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The retrospective look at derbies between the claret and blue and the red and white continues.

We are less than 48 hours away from one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures of the season, when Doncaster Rovers make the short journey to face arch-rivals Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park on Saturday (3pm).

This week, has been taking a look at many memorable meetings between the two clubs.
Please click below for the varying accounts over the years:
Game 1
Game 2
Game 3

Game 4
Sat 24th April 2010
Doncaster Rovers 4-3 Scunthorpe United

With both sides guaranteed safety, the penultimate game of the 09/10 season provided an entertaining seven goal thriller at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The shackles were very much off for both sides who would enjoy another year in the second tier.

More than 12,000 spectators saw the visitors take the lead from the Iron’s star striker Gary Hooper on 19 minutes, however loanees Jay Emmanuel Thomas and Jordon Mutch ensured Rovers went in to the break ahead.

In a game where both managers Sean O’Driscoll and Nigel Adkins turned greyer – with both being quoted as saying that such defending from both sides was worthy of relegation – whatever instructions were proffered at the half time interval fell on deaf ears.

Paul Hayes put past Neil Sullivan on 53 minutes for 2-2, but parity lasted all of five minutes as James Hayter scored his ninth goal of the campaign and more importantly restore the host’s one goal cushion.

Nonetheless, such an exhibition of expansive football and slipshod defending was always going to yield more goals. Therefore it was no surprise when a striker of Hooper’s calibre grabbed another on 84 minutes for his second of the afternoon, Scunthorpe’s third and his 20th of a fine season.

Spoils shared?

Not quite as, just five minutes after Hooper’s leveller, Rovers had one more ace up their sleeve in an unlikely hero, and former Iron loanee, Shelton Martis who rose highest to nod O’Driscoll’s men a winner a minute from time.

All in all, a seven goal cracker played with little restraint, but bragging rights belonging to Doncaster all the same.

DRFC - N Sullivan, S Martis, J O'Connor, G Roberts, S Hird, M Wilson, J Coppinger, J Mutch (A Lockwood, 81), B Stock (D Shiels, 64), J Emmanuel-Thomas (P Heffernan, 75), J Hayter   

Tickets for the Scunthorpe fixture are taken off sale at 3pm on Friday. Get yours HERE.

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