Matt Godden goal earns Scunthorpe United second string victory at York City
DAVID Mirfin and Josh Walker both continued their comebacks from injury by helping Scunthorpe United to a 1-0 win at York City in a reserve run out this afternoon.
The duo both played 90 minutes at Bootham Crescent and came through the contest okay.
Mirfin made a fleeting appearance from the bench during the Iron’s last match, the 2-1 success at Colchester United over a week ago, as he recovers from strained knee ligaments suffered at the beginning of November.
Walker, who has been sidelined because of an ankle injury, was also among the substitutes that day, but has not featured for the first team since picking up the injury in the derby defeat at Doncaster later on that month.
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United, who gave valuable match time to the fringe members of their squad against the Minstermen, won the game thanks to a penalty from striker Matt Godden.
Full-back Eddie Nolan, who has been training with the Iron for the past fortnight, was expected to play a part in the game as he looks to prove himself worthy of a return to Glanford Park, but he withdrew because of tight groin.
“It’s been a long time coming, a reserve game,” said manager Brian Laws.
“York’s pitch was in good condition and they desperately wanted a game for their fringe players.
“David Mirfin needed a game under his belt, same as Josh Walker.
“We had a good blend there, with the other fringe players and youngsters, because we wanted those players to get a good 90 minutes under their belt and push the players in the first team.”
Assistant boss Russ Wilcox added: "They did really well and it was a good all-round performance by everybody."