Scunthorpe arrange Doncaster friendly to assess fringe players

Scunthorpe United manager Stuart McCall has arranged a friendly match against Doncaster Rovers tomorrow, so he can get a good look at some of the players on the edge of the Iron’s first team.

Jordan Clarke and Rory McArdle have both been out with injury and are likely to play some part while Stephen Humphrys, Andy Dales, George Thomas, Kyle Wootton, James Horsfield and Jon Flatt will also play in the game.

“It gives us a chance to see them because we haven’t had a chance yet,” McCall told BBC Radio Humberside. “We have seen them in training, where they have been doing well, but because we have kept a similar side for the last couple of games we need to have a look at the other lads.

“They need the games and it is their chance to stake a claim. The stability has helped and while you have the jersey you want to keep it.”

The Iron won 1-0 against Shrewsbury this weekend to lift themselves to eleventh in the table. They’re unbeaten since appointing McCall to replaces outgoing manager Nick Daws, but have won just twice, drawing the other four matches.

Our View

Scunthorpe were around the top of the table last season and they’ll be hoping for more of the same this time around.

They’ve got a rough run of matches, Charlton, Luton and Peterborough are all up next as well as a visit from high-flying neighbours Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy.

They are three crucial games and of course, one completely meaningless one, if a local derby can be classed as meaningless.

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