Scunthorpe United v Boreham Wood
Saturday 3rd September 2022, 3.00pm
Glanford Park, National League
With Scunthorpe United’s 72-year spell in the Football League coming to an end, the Wood head to Glanford Park for the first time and will be keen to make it three wins in four games this Saturday.
The Iron have suffered a difficult start to their maiden campaign in the National League, following up victory on opening day with five successive defeats to see them languish in the bottom three after six games.
Wood will be looking to continue their 100% record on the road this season after coming from behind to beat Dorking Wanderers 4-1 last time out.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Doncaster-born defender Andrew Boyce began his career with his local club at the age of 16 as a trainee in the Doncaster Rovers academy, being offered professional terms in the summer of 2008. Before gaining experience on loan at Worksop Town. Following his release from the Reds he would drop into the non-league in search of regular football and joined King’s Lynn, before helping Gainsborough Trinity reach the Conference North play-off final in 2011/12. He would earn a move to the Football League and spent time with Lincoln City and Scunthorpe United permanently along with loan spells at Grimsby Town, Hartlepool United and Notts County, winning promotion to League One with the former. Upon his release from Scunthorpe he returned to Grimsby on a permanent basis, spending a season at Blundell Park before joining Eastleigh on a free transfer where he made almost 200 appearances before returning to Glanford Park in the summer.
Veteran midfielder Jacob Butterfield briefly spent time as a child in the academy of local club Bradford City before joining Manchester United, and later came through the ranks at Barnsley. He made his debut for the club in August 2007 and went on to play nearly 100 times including a spell as captain at just 21 years of age, with his form attracting Premier League scouts and a call-up to the England Under-21 squad. With a growing reputation at Championship level, he would join Norwich City in 2012 but struggled for game time and joined Bolton Wanderers and Crystal Palace on loan, before spells at Middlesbrough, Huddersfield Town and Derby County saw him establish himself as one of the better players in the second tier, winning the Terriers’ Player of the Season award in 2014/15. Loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford preceded a move to Luton Town, but he opted to depart after just a season and left the UK to feature for Australian outfit Melbourne Victory and Scottish side St Johnstone. Butterfield returned to England for the first time in two years in the summer, reuniting with former Barnsley manager Keith Hill at Scunthorpe United.
After beginning his career in the Manchester City academy, Joe Nuttall moved across the border as a teenager and joined Aberdeen in 2015, initially featuring for the club’s youth team before making his senior debut in a Scottish Premiership game against Hearts. He would move on loan to Stranraer and Dumbarton, but his time in Scotland came to an end when he opted to join Blackburn Rovers in 2017 after initially featuring for them on trial. The striker enjoyed a breakout during the 2017/18 campaign and helped Blackburn win promotion straight back to the Championship, following a promising season in the Premier League 2 which saw him notch 14 goals in 15 games and join Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Lukas Nmecha and Harry Wilson on the list of contenders for the Player of the Season award. He would depart Ewood Park in 2019 with 37 appearances to his name moving across Lancashire to join Blackpool, but after scoring just four goals in 33 games he joined Northampton Town on loan, before moving to Scunthorpe United in January 2022.
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