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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Lee Novak (10')

Lee Novak off the mark as Scunthorpe edge rivals Doncaster

Lee Novak scored his first goal for Scunthorpe as they beat neighbours Doncaster 1-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Novak, a deadline-day signing from Charlton, put Scunthorpe ahead after 10 minutes when he headed home a Josh Morris corner.
The goal gave Scunthorpe comfort in a rather tame derby match against a Doncaster side lacking fluency during the first half at least.
Rovers improved after the break and had a couple of very good early chances to level.
John Marquis smashed a low effort off the near post while Andy Williams fired over from Ben Whiteman's through ball.
The hosts maintained the pressure but struggled for real chances, with a Tommy Rowe half-volley the closest they came to an equaliser.
Morris fired a free-kick from 30 yards narrowly over while Murray Wallace poked a loose ball onto the bar as Scunthorpe teased adding a second.
But Novak's strike was enough to see them bounce back in style from their first league defeat of the season to Blackburn in midweek.