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Glanford Park (ATT 3,191) 5th October 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Darren Bond

Scunthorpe Scunthorpe United vs Cheltenham Town Cheltenhm

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E Esajas (6)
S Winnall (90+1)

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Last Updated: 05/10/13 6:29pm

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Etienne Esajas: Opened the scoring

Etienne Esajas: Opened the scoring

Scunthorpe made hard work of their 2-0 home win against Cheltenham after a catalogue of missed chances.

The Iron gave a surprise debut to midfield man David Syers, on loan from Doncaster, whose arrival was kept quiet until an hour before the kick-off.

They were a goal ahead after six minutes when winger Etienne Esajas rifled home a left foot shot from the edge of the box after the ball had been chested into his path by striker Deon Burton.

Scunthorpe continued to make chances throughout the first half against an unconvincing Cheltenham defence - but could not find their finishing touch again.

Syers twice let himself down with wayward finishing, as did striker Jamie Spencer, making his full league debut for the home side, on loan from Huddersfield.

The visitors did begin to force their way into the game before the interval but the best they could muster was a long-range effort from Terry Gornell which finished well over.

Cheltenham continued their improvement at the start of the second half and veteran striker Jamie Cureton came off the bench only to miss a golden chance to equalise on the hour with a weak shot from six yards straight at keeper Sam Slocombe.

At the opposite end it was Syers and substitute Sam Winnall who both squandered other great chances to help Scunthorpe breathe more easily, before the latter finally did make it 2-0 in the 90th minute with a shot from 12 yards.

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1 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27