Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Hartlepool United 0.
Scunthorpe edged to victory to end Hartlepool's five-match winning run.
The visitors looked the most likely to make the breakthrough, but were denied on several occasions by Iron goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.
He stopped Christian Burgess's acrobatic header, before reacting well to efforts from Matthew Dolan and Jonathan Franks.
But the hosts snatched all three points when Sam Winnall capitalised on a defensive slip to fire home.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws speaks to BBC Radio Humberside:
"We had to find a way to win the game that was for sure. I've got to say it was tough going right from the outset.
"We found a way through and sometimes we have to be a little bit more direct and I thought that's where the goal came from.
"I think they're a decent side if you allow them to play and it showed when we did allow that freedom."
- 14HawkridgeSubstituted forWaterfallat 85'minutes
- 6CanavanBooked at 33mins
- 8BurtonSubstituted forIwelumoat 72'minutes
- 28SpencerSubstituted forRibeiroat 45'minutes
- 35BurgessBooked at 58mins
- 8WaltonSubstituted forSweeneyat 85'minutes
- 33JamesSubstituted forRodneyat 84'minutes
- 10PooleSubstituted forWalkerat 65'minutes
- Chris Sarginson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Hartlepool United 0.
Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt missed. Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Clifford Byrne (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nialle Rodney (Hartlepool United).
Attempt missed. Nialle Rodney (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.
Attempt missed. Chris Iwelumo (Scunthorpe United) header from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.
Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Luke Waterfall replaces Terry Hawkridge.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Antony Sweeney replaces Simon Walton.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nialle Rodney replaces Luke James.
Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.
Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).
Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Hartlepool United 0. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Chris Iwelumo replaces Deon Burton.
Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Christian Burgess.
Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Simon Walton.