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9 January 2017

Youngster marks loan extension with opening goal

HARRY Toffolo scored after just eight minutes for Scunthorpe United on Saturday, setting them on their way to a 3-2 win over Bury at Glanford Park.

Toffolo, whose loan extension with the Iron was confirmed an hour before kick-off, bagged his first goal for Graham Alexander's side with a deflected strike from 25 yards.

Loan extension sorted, 3 points and a goal to round off a good day! #UTI

— Harry Toffolo (@Harry_Toffolo) January 7, 2017
Stephen Dawson increased their advantage soon after but the visitors showed fight, goals from George Miller and Kelvin Etuhu coming either side of Josh Morris' effort for United.

The three points moved them into second place in Sky Bet League One, and they will now have Toffolo to call upon for the remainder of the campaign to help them maintain their promotion push.

He told reporters: "To get it all done is brilliant, because now my family can all move back up here and we can get back settled.

"Why wouldn’t you want to be at a club like this? It’s going places and it’s a fantastic place to be."

Meanwhile, Declan Rudd's Charlton Athletic had a weekend off due to the round of Emirates FA Cup third round fixtures.

In non-league, Ebou Adams wasn't involved for Braintree Town in their 2-1 loss to Chester as he's in the middle of a three-match suspension for his dismissal against Dagenham and Redbridge on Boxing Day.

North of the border, Tony Andreu and Dundee United endured a disappointing Friday night as they were beaten 3-0 by promotion rivals Hibernian at Easter Road.

Andreu completed the 90 minutes but a brace from Jason Cummings and a late effort from John McGinn led to Hibs opening up a four-point gap at the top of the Scottish Championship.

Remi Matthews' Hamilton Academical weren't in action but the goalkeeper confirmed via social media that he's back at the club as he nears a return from a shoulder injury.

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