Scunthorpe United needed a late second half fightback to recover from a two-goal deficit to go on to record a 2-2 pre-season friendly draw with National League North outfit York City at Bootham Crescent.

The Iron endured a real test of their metal against a York City outfit who must surely do well in the National League North in the coming season.

The home side took a surprise fifth minute lead when attacker Amari Morgan-Smith kept the ball alive at the back post and the ball rolled across the box into the path of striker Louis Almond who produced a clinical finish from six yards.

Paddy Madden then went close at the other end but the home side were a continued presence during the first half with Scunthorpe United players finding themselves often closed down very quickly when on the ball as The Minstermen kept their 1-0 lead intact going into the interval.

Gary Mills’ side stunned their Sky Bet League One opponents again early in the second half when a long throw from Sam Muggleton found its way onto the head of heavyweight striker Michael Rankine who found the corner of the net. Rankine was unlucky not to double his tally soon after when his vicious free-kick deflected wide off the visitors’ wall.

The home side rung the changes as the half wore on and a more inexperienced line-up allowed Graham Alexander’s side a way back into the match when a ball was not fully cleared and veteran midfielder Neil Bishop prodded home against his former club.

It was soon 2-2 when a rapid United break saw Hakeeb Adelakun thrash a powerful shot into the net to level matters with around 15 minutes remaining.

Scunthorpe United looked the more likely to find the winning goal as the home side rode their luck but the match ended 2-2 on an exciting evening in North Yorkshire.


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