Denaby Utd – Denaby 2 Scunthorpe United 4 – Luckless Denaby

February 1946

South Yorkshire Times February 2, 1946

Luckless Denaby

Denaby United 2 Scunthorpe United 4

What an unlucky to Denaby United are! Against Scunthorpe United at Tickhill Square on Saturday they had very much of the game territorially, but Scunthorpe displayed considerably more opportunism – and there’s the rub.

The game was played at a commendable speed but the football never reached great heights. The heavy state of the ground, poor light and drizzling rain during part of the much mitigated against that. But a highlight was a sparkling performance in the Scunthorpe goal of Purton.

Consult lead at half-time through to goal scored by Stewart, after 19 and 15 minutes play respectively and Denaby’s one obtained by Clethero after 35 minutes – incidentally the best of the match, a gem of a rising shot taken from 15 yards out – but towards the close, when Denaby then down to the final tune of 4-2, exerted strongest pressure, Foxton showed himself most resourceful.

Five minutes after the restart, Burton was brought down in the Scunthorpe penalty area and Mosley made no mistake with a penalty kick. Denaby were now giving the visitors little rest, and it was distinctly against the run of the play that Scunthorpe were able to drag ahead again after 65 minutes and 70 minutes through goals by Wilson – a rising shot which was Scunthorpe’s best goal – and Stewart.

These goals were something of the nature of surprise – I believe the home defence were just as astonished and dismayed as the home crowd, but they were the direct result of the Scunthorpe creed. “Never miss a chance, however small it is.”

This was a policy it would have paid Denaby well to adopt for they lacked punch in the centre