Myles Hippolyte on the spot as Scunthorpe earn first win
Myles Hippolyte’s early penalty got Scunthorpe’s season up and running, earning them their first victory of the campaign in a 1-0 success over Tranmere.
Hippolyte fired his third-minute spot-kick down the middle after the visitors had been penalised for a handball inside the box and though keeper Joe Murphy got a hand to it, he could not keep it out.
Murphy ensured Rovers’ margin of defeat was not even greater with several fine first-half saves.
He flew low to his right to keep out a powerful drive from Alfie Beestin in the 24th minute, before later getting his body in the way of a Devarn Green effort as he latched on to a clever flick into the penalty area.
Despite plenty of industry in their attempts to get back into the game, Tranmere – who had scored just once in their four league matches going into the game – lacked a goal threat, with Ryan Watson off target with efforts either side of the break.
Teenager Dan Gallimore wasted a great chance to make the points safe for the hosts when he rushed a shot and fired wide after breaking into the box in the 71st minute.
He no doubt breathed a sigh of relief when visiting substitute Mani Dieseruvwe’s touch let him down when the ball broke to him on the edge of the six-yard box late on, allowing home keeper Rory Watson to gather – and Scunthorpe to secure all three points.
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