League One football returns to the Wham Stadium tomorrow afternoon when Accrington Stanley host Scunthorpe United.
John Coleman’s side start September with back-to-back games at home, looking for a first win at the Wham after picking up seven points from nine on the road in August.
Tomorrow will be just the fifth meeting between the sides in all competitions since Stanley reformed in 1968.
The Reds have not had the best of times against the Iron, winning just one of those previous matches and losing the other three.
Stanley have lost both of the previous two games against Scunthorpe at home, losing 2-0 in a League Cup tie in 2011, and 3-2 in a League Two fixture back in 2013/14.
The Reds have lost just one of their last 19 league matches played in September, winning 14 and drawing four.
Scunthorpe departed company with manager Nick Daws earlier in the season, with former Bradford-boss Stuart McCall taking charge for the first time after joining the side this week.
The visitor’s last eight league goals have all been scored by different players – Hakeeb Adelakun, Ivan Toney, Conor Townsend, Stephen Humphrys, Andy Dales, Lee Novak, Josh Morris and Cameron Burgess.
There are fewer than one hundred home seats remaining ahead of tomorrow’s fixture, with plenty of availability for standing tickets.
- £20 Adults
- £15 Concessions
- £10 12-17
- £5 Under 12 (*U12s must be accompanied by an adult)
John Coleman has almost a full squad to pick his starting XI from. Billy Kee is struggling with a foot injury but is available to play, as he was against Oxford and Blackpool.
New loan signing Daniel Barlaser could make his debut for Stanley after the midfielder joined from Newcastle United.
“The attackers are a little bit quicker in League One and more ruthless so we are mindful we have got to defend better,” said Coleman in his pre-match press conference.
“We haven’t quite clicked yet. On Saturday at Blackpool we were good in parts but then we made mistakes in others but when we hit the heights of last season, we will win more games than we will lose.”
Scunthorpe will be without Matt Gilks, who has a knee injury, and Rory Watson, who has a broken arm, but the rest of the squad are available for new manager Stuart McCall’s first game in charge.
Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick and striker Ike Ugo, who signed on loan from Rangers and Chelsea respectively, could make their debuts for the visitors.
“John Coleman has done a fantastic job there,” McCall told Scunthorpe’s official website. “Every match brings its own challenges and that will be a difficult game.
“They’ve had two terrific away victories and are still to win at home but we know what we’re up against – a hard-working side that plays football.”
Referee – Christopher Sarginson
Assistant Referee 1 – Nik Barnard
Assistant Referee 2 – Lee Freeman
Fourth Official – Mark Dwyer