The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Lee Jones

TOP scorer Sam Win­nall wants Scun­thorpe to win pro­mo­tion in front of their own fans when they host Ox­ford at Glan­ford Park to­mor­row.

The Iron need other re­sults to go in their favour, just as they did on Good Fri­day, but the chance to seal a top-three place can come with a vic­tory against the U’s.

Win­nall says his side owe it to their sup­port­ers to seal pro­mo­tion as quickly as pos­si­ble af­ter more than 1,000 were left dis­ap­pointed dur­ing their game at More­cambe.

Scun­thorpe led for the ma­jor­ity of the match, cour­tesy of Win­nall’s 22nd-minute header, but the Shrimps snatched a share of the spoils in stop­page time thanks to Jack Samp­son’s goal.

“The fans were fan­tas­tic,” said the for­mer Wolves front man.

“To bring so many across the coun­try was bril­liant – we’re dis­ap­pointed we didn’t take the three points home for them.

“It gives us a chance to do it on Mon­day in front of ev­ery­body. We’ll be striv­ing to do that. We des­per­ately want to do it in front of our home crowd.

“I don’t think we are ner­vous. Late goals have hap­pened a few times but there’s no one rea­son be­hind it.

“Af­ter Mon­day there will only be two games left. We’re dis­ap­pointed at the mo­ment but come kick off on Mon­day we’ll be in the right frame of mind.”

Win­nall said his goal against the Shrimps was the ‘scruffi­est’ of his 23 this sea­son.

It came when his header, from Paddy Mad­den’s inch-per­fect cross, bounced into the ground and evaded a de­fender on the line.

Dave Sy­ers was de­nied a sec­ond in the fol­low­ing min­utes as United con­trolled the first hour, but when they be­gun to look nervy, the Shrimps piled on the pres­sure.

Kevin El­li­son thought he had lev­elled in the 77th minute when he lashed in from in­side the six­yard box, only for ref­eree Steve Rush­ton to call play back to the edge of the penalty for a free-kick to the home side.

Scun­thorpe goal­keeper Sam Slo­combe then took cen­tre stage, push­ing Ryan Wil­liams’ thun­der­bolt around the post be­fore then keep­ing out a pow­er­ful drive from sub­sti­tute Samp­son.

More­cambe, and Samp­son, were though not to be de­nied and when Jamie De­vitt lobbed a cross to the back post in the fifth minute of in­jury-time, Samp­son rose high­est to head home. The side who have picked up more points from los­ing po­si­tions than any other in the Foot­ball League could add an­other to their collection.

“We gam­bled a lit­tle bit with the sub­sti­tu­tions, but the gam­ble paid off. We fin­ished strongly,” said Shrimps man­ager Jim Bent­ley.

“Ref­er­ees are in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion. They have to make big de­ci­sions.We hoped he’d have let it run when Kevin went through, but un­for­tu­nately for us he blew up.You think when some­thing like that hap­pens that it’s not go­ing to be your day but we kept plug­ging away and we’ve taken a point.”

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PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

LAST GASP: Jack Samp­son cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing the late lev­eller STAR MAN JAMIE DE­VITT Moreca


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