28 August 2021

Myles Hippolyte on the spot as Scunthorpe earn first win

28 August 2021

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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