November 3, 2012
Iron a Laws unto themselves
Brian Laws' third spell in charge of Scunthorpe got off to the worst possible start as the League One strugglers were knocked out of the FA Cup 4-0 by League Two pacesetters Gillingham.
After a scrappy, goalless first half, Gills right back Matt Fish broke the deadlock on 59 minutes after Sam Slocombe could only parry Chris Whelpdale's curling effort.
Deon Burton doubled the home side's advantage six minutes later, heading home Myles Weston's cross for his first FA Cup goal in seven years.
Substitute Danny Kedwell sealed the result from the spot on 76 minutes after Danny Jackman had been clumsily fouled by Josh Walker. Adam Birchall added a fourth for the Gills in stoppage time, bundling the ball over the line from close range.
With Laws watching from the sidelines, the visitors started the game brightly, and had the better of the early exchanges. Mike Grella forced Stuart Nelson into an early save, while Walker and Mark Duffy also threatened.
Connor Jennings should have given the Iron a late consolation, but the striker headed over from 10 yards.
|1 Stuart Nelson||1 Sam Slocombe|
|26 Adam Barrett||6 Paul Reid|
|11 Danny Jackman||21 Tom Newey|
|30 Roman Vincelot||5 David Mirfin|
|2 Matt Fish||2 Christian Ribeiro|
|15 Callum Davies||19 Michael Collins|
|18 Bradley Dack||4 Josh Walker|
|24 Myles Weston||16 Mark Duffy|
|7 Chris Whelpdale||22 Karl Hawley|
|4 Jack Payne||11 Andy Barcham|
|20 Deon Burton||10 Mike Grella|
|21 Tommy Forecast||James Severn 13|
|12 Andy Frampton||Callum Kennedy 3|
|16 Lewis Montrose||Niall Canavan 15|
|8 Charlie Lee||James Ryan 7|
|10 Ben Strevens||Robbie Gibbons 14|
|17 Adam Birchall||Damien Mozika 8|
|9 Danny Kedwell||Connor Jennings 12|
|Charlie Lee for Bradley Dack (21)||Damien Mozika for Michael Collins (70)|
|Danny Kedwell for Deon Burton (71)||Connor Jennings for Mike Grella (78)|
|Adam Birchall for Myles Weston (79)||James Ryan for Andy Barcham (78)|
|Michael Collins (39)|
|Paul Reid (62)|
|David Mirfin (68)|
|Karl Hawley (90)|
|· Squads: Gillingham | Scunthorpe United|