Scunthorpe Utd: Iron face FC Halifax Town in next friendly
Scunthorpe United continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to Blue Square North side FC Halifax Town tomorrow.
The Iron are likely to give a run out to the majority of their first-team squad at The Shay, having been restricted to the number of substitutes they could make during Tuesday's Lincolnshire Cup defeat against Grimsby Town.
Trialists Tom Newey and Matty Mainwairing are certain to be involved and the French centre-back who has spent the past few weeks training with United could also feature if he overcomes a slight ankle injury.
"This is the squad we've got so we'll go to Halifax and play pretty much the same team as we did against Grimsby," said manager Alan Knill.
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"It will be better to be able to make changes.
"It comes really early, the Lincolnshire Cup, and we had to sign players on to make a squad.
"You can only play three subs too which means players are playing 90 minutes when it's quite early in pre-season to be doing that.
"The rules are so rigid. It's in pre-season, so you're bound to want to have a look at trialists and make it a pre-season game but yet you can only change three players.
"Some might be ready for 90 minutes, some might not be, so it's a bit of a gamble."
Although Knill is aware the Iron have to do more with the ball inside the opposition penalty area on the back of their blunt box play against the Mariners, he has so far been pleased with his side's build-up play.
Full-backs Callum Kennedy and Christian Ribeiro, both new arrivals this summer, are key to that side of Scunthorpe's game and the Iron boss says each has the potential to be a big asset at Glanford Park.
"We've got some decent pace at full-back, players who want to get forward," he said.
"Callum Kennedy is a really good footballer, with a great left foot.
"We think he's going to be a very good player, but he's a work in progress – he needs some work.
"He turned a lot of clubs down to come to us and it's our chance now to work with him and make him better.
"There's some bits of his game that don't need changing and there's some other bits we have to have a look at if we're going to try to complete him.
"It's the same with Chris (Ribeiro). In there is a great athlete and now we have to mould him into a complete player.
"There's a lot of ingredients, we just have to put them all together."