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In opposition: Scunthorpe United - ones to watch (Emirates FA Cup)

5 November 2021

Goals have been somewhat tough to come by for Scunthorpe United so far.

While team captain Harry Davis, Ryan Loft and Jake Scrimshaw have scored two goals each for the Irons, only five other players have made the score sheet as the squad has 11 goals scored across 18 games in all competitions.

Defensively, Davis, Emmanuel Onariase and George Taft have been staples at the back for the Irons, but the team has conceded a league-high 29 goals in 15 Sky Bet League Two games this season. Myles Hippolyte and Hayden Hackney have been primary starters in the midfield, joined by Tom Pugh.

 

Harry Davis

Since 2009, Harry Davis has supplied his services for five teams on the professional level of football. The Scunthorpe United captain and defender began his career at Crewe Alexandra, scoring 12 goals in more than 200 career appearances from 2009-2017. In all, he has made more than 300 senior career appearances, scoring 26 goals, while helping Crewe Alexandra win promotion to Sky Bet League One in 2012, as well as winning the EFL Trophy a year later. He would move to St. Mirren in 2017, before returning to England and Grimsby Town in 2018, playing at the club until 2020. The 2020/21 season saw Davis play for Morecambe, where he made 34 appearances for the club, helping them achieve promotion to League One via the play-offs. This season for Scunthorpe United, Davis has scored a team-high matching two goals, adding 19 interceptions and nine tackles won in defence.

 

Myles Hippolyte

A speedy and talented winger that is eligible to play internationally for England, St. Lucia and Grenada, Myles Hippolyte joined Scunthorpe United on a two-year contract in August 2020. The former youth player for Westway and Brentford began his senior career by inking his first professional contract with the Bees of Brentford in 2013. He was immediately loaned out to Southall, before a permanent move to the club months later. Hippolyte would bounce around amongst a few clubs until 2014, where he spent two years with Livingston, initially signing on a one-year deal. He scored his first competitive goal for the club in a 4-3 win in extra time against Queen of the South in a Scottish Challenge Cup first round match.

Subsequently, he would go on to score four goals in his first eight matches with the club, helping them later win the 2015 Scottish Challenge Cup Final. In 2016, Hippolyte moved to Falkirk, where he would spend two years and score double-digit goals for the club, later moving to St. Mirren in 2018, before returning to England in 2019, where he signed with Yeovil Town. This season for Scunthorpe United, he is second on the team with 36 crosses into the box, collecting eight interceptions and recorded 14 tackles won. He is also one of the most fouled players on the team with 11.

 

Ryan Loft

Ryan Loft joined Scunthorpe United in August 2020, signing a two-year deal with the Irons. Beginning his career at Tottenham Hotspur in 2015, Loft spent three years with the club, though failing to make a senior appearance in North London. He would serve loan spells Braintree Town, Stevenage and Exeter City, before ultimately moving to Leicester City in summer 2018. Loft was quickly loaned to Carlisle United, where he scored six goals in more than 50 appearances during the 2019/20 season. That included a winner in a 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe United. Loft started his youth career at Dartford and Ebbsfleet United before ultimately appearing in the youth academy for Tottenham. This season, the Gravesend native is tied for the top team scorer at Scunthorpe United, having found the back of the net twice. He has a 33.3% shots on target ratio, while also maintaining a 0.88 shots on target per game average.

 

Jake Scrimshaw

At just 21 years-old, Jake Scrimshaw has quickly made a name for himself as a striker in the English Football League. 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. Though yet to play a senior game with the Cherries, he has served loan spells with Poole Town, Eastleigh, Walsall and Newport County. In August 2021, Scrimshaw completed a season-long loan move to Scunthorpe United from Bournemouth in the Championship. While at Newport County in 2020/21, he scored five goals in 20 appearances for the club. This season, Scrimshaw is the team’s joint top scorer – one of three Irons players, with two goals scored thus far in the campaign. He has six shots on target on 12 shots total, giving him a 50% shots on target ratio. He is averaging 0.33 goals per shots on target, and averaging 0.62 shots on target per game.


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