Scunthorpe United 1-4 Forest Green Rovers

Jamille Matt struck a stylish hat-trick to inspire Forest Green Rovers to victory at Scunthorpe.

The Iron took an early lead through Aaron Jarvis’ powerful strike, but Rovers grew into the game and two close-range finishes from Matt turned it around before the break.

The striker completed his hat-trick in the 83rd minute before substitute Matt Stevens rounded off the rout.

Jarvis’ goal, fired low and hard down the middle in the ninth minute, came during Scunthorpe’s best spell of the game as their high pressing line meant the visitors struggled to find any fluency early on.

But, after Matt swept home from close range in the 25th minute when an initial shot had been blocked, Rovers controlled the game.

The striker glanced home a header from a right-wing corner not long after the half-hour mark and his side were unlucky not to add a third via captain Carl Winchester’s audacious chip from halfway which bounced off the top of the bar.

A shot on the break by Abo Eisa, saved by Rovers goalkeeper Luke McGee, was a rare sight of goal for Scunthorpe.

Matt completed his treble by hooking home a left-wing cross seven minutes from time before Stevens fired into the top corner with virtually the last kick of the game to put the seal on a convincing away win.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Watson
  • 28Hornshaw
  • 26Cordner
  • 4BedeauBooked at 79mins
  • 38O’Malley
  • 8Gilliead
  • 23VincentSubstituted forMcAteeat 62′minutes
  • 20SpenceBooked at 61minsSubstituted forBeestinat 86′minutes
  • 11Eisa
  • 34Taylor
  • 19JarvisSubstituted forLoftat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Onariase
  • 9Loft
  • 15Hippolyte
  • 22Beestin
  • 27Dunnwald-Turan
  • 31Kelsey
  • 45McAtee

Forest Green

  • 1McGee
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 6Kitching
  • 21Wagstaff
  • 7WinchesterBooked at 90mins
  • 4Sweeney
  • 11Cadden
  • 8Adams
  • 10CollinsSubstituted forWhitehouseat 74′minutes
  • 14MattSubstituted forStevensat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bernard
  • 5Stokes
  • 9Stevens
  • 18Young
  • 20Whitehouse
  • 24Thomas
  • 25Richardson

Referee:
Ross Joyce

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Forest Green Rovers 4.

  2. Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Forest Green Rovers 4.

  3. Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Forest Green Rovers 4. Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Scott Wagstaff.

  4. Attempt missed. Abo Eisa (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jake Taylor.

  5. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Foul by Jacob Bedeau (Scunthorpe United).

  8. Attempt missed. Ryan Loft (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Hornshaw with a cross.

  9. Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Matt Stevens replaces Jamille Matt.

  10. Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Alfie Beestin replaces Lewis Spence.

  11. Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Gilliead.

  12. Udoka Godwin-Malife (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Foul by Ryan Loft (Scunthorpe United).

  14. Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Forest Green Rovers 3. Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ebou Adams.

  15. Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jordan Moore-Taylor tries a through ball, but Nicky Cadden is caught offside.

  16. Jacob Bedeau (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Foul by Jacob Bedeau (Scunthorpe United).

  19. Foul by Elliott Whitehouse (Forest Green Rovers).

  20. John McAtee (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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