Preview of Scunthorpe United Match - A Scunthorpe View

Last updated : 28 November 2002 By Luke Thornhill
After a less than engaging start to the season there were growing calls for United manager Brian Laws to lose his job, but as ever he stuck it out and has managed to pull us up to occupy the final playoff spot.

If the league table was decided on talent alone there is no doubt in the minds of us Scunny fans that we’d be gaining automatic promotion; Peter Beagrie is a class above anyone in the third division and we’ve got some of the most fancied youngsters in the bottom divisions.

Beags unfortunately will not feature on Saturday as he is still recovering from an Achilles operation, but the aforementioned youngsters will be there. Two-thirds of our team came through the ranks at Glanford Park, which is impressive in anyone’s book. Jamie McCombe (wanted by Aston Villa and Spurs), Nathan Stanton, Wayne Graves, Scott Brough and Matthew Sparrow are all set to be in the starting eleven. They will be joined by on-loan Ireland U21 captain Clifford Byrne on Ian Kilford who is trailing with us trying to win a longer contract. On fire for us at the moment is record signing Steve Torpey, we’re not quite sure how much he cost us but we know it wasn’t the £175K the club originally claimed. He’s already got two hat-tricks this season and is the second highest scorer in the third division.

His partner Martin Carruthers seems to possess less skill, but has still grabbed plenty of goals this season and the pair work well together. Our defence, despite having two central defenders out with long-term injuries, is solid and our forwards are banging them in. Our midfield is slightly patched together, but if the side play to their best then they’ll be more than a match for you lot.

Luke Thornhill, Scunthorpe United Mad