As far as Boxing Day fixtures go, Rovers vs Scunthorpe shaped up to be a late Christmas cracker for the locals. Instead, it was more like the poor joke you get inside.
And that poor joke came in the form of referee Stuart Attwell and his assistants, as they proved the main talking point in the game’s only goal. Unfortunately for Rovers, that goal went against them and against the run of play, coming on the only real attack that the Iron managed to muster.
After Rovers had been on top for much of the opening 20 minutes, a ball from Scunthorpe’s Luke Williams on the right found Paddy Madden who was able to tap into the goal, which wasn’t hard as he was practically stood in it when he made contact. No offside, 1-0. As the half progressed, Rovers looked the more likely to grab an equaliser, Cedric Evina hitting the side netting, before a neat corner routine from the training ground saw Nathan Tyson do the same.
For the rest of the match it was the same old story of a game like this; Scunthorpe sitting back, Rovers pressing, Rovers not scoring. Evina again went close, as did James Coppinger with a crafty turn and volley, but still a goal wouldn’t come. As Fergie Time crept up, Cameron Stewart offered his best attempt at regaining some Christmas cheer, but his curling effort agonisingly struck the bar and with that the Iron finally won a game against the Rovers.