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1 April 2018

Marcus Braddocks looks ahead to the Bank Holiday Monday visit of Oxford Uni

The season started quite well with positive results coming thick and fast. As the season settled down, so did Oxford who hovered around tenth place in League One. The club was in tenth place in January when manager Pep Clotet and Oxford parted company with a run of poor results cited as the cause. In their first League game after Clotet was dismissed the U's beat Charlton away 3-2 but they've only won once since then, a home win to Peterborough.

Although they have dropped considerably in League One, Oxford are more than likely safe from relegation having amassed 46 points with eight games to play. A couple of wins should be enough to ensure survival for another season in this division and given our list of missing players, new manager Karl Robinson may be hoping to get one for Easter.

Top Scorers

Wes Thomas with nine league goals. Wes Thomas is well known to regular lower league supporters and according to Wikipedia he's been signed 18 times since 2005 although that does include a few loan moves to the clubs he later signed for. In his early career he played “non” league football for the likes of Thurrock and Waltham Forest. His most successful period came at Cheltenham where he scored 18 goals in 41 league games. He's spent time with Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Birmingham and Rotherham to name four of his clubs and has been with Oxford since 2016.

Assists

Jack Payne 10

Ricardinho 5

Ryan Ledson 5

Clean Sheets

Five in home games and five in away games. Last clean sheet: Feb 24th Northampton 0-0 Oxford.

Stats (based on Oxfords away form)

The U's have earned an average of 1.05 points per game and have won 26% of their away games.

They score an average of 1.2 per away game, slightly above the league average.

Oxford score 74% of their away goals in the second half with 18 scored so far this season. They also concede 64% of their away goals in the second half with seven conceded in the last fifteen minutes.

Referee - Sebastian Stockridge from Tyne and Wear. Games this season: 35 . Yellow cards: 115. Red cards: 6.

Assistants - Gareth Mellor and Kevin Morris

Fourth official - Joseph Johnson

Squad News

We will be without Abu Ogogo who is suspended and Toto Nsiala who has fractured his cheekbone.

Summary

We really need something positive against Oxford after the result at Rochdale but Oxford will want a say in the result too. They have new manager Karl Robinson in charge now and he may well see this game as one to get something from with a team trying to impress the new manager.

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Town 3 Oxford United 2

2 April 2018

Town win a pulsating encounter at the Meadow

Shrewsbury Town: Dean Henderson, Max Lowe, Ben Godfrey, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley (Abo Eisa, 85), Nathan Thomas(Lenell John-Lewis, 94), James Bolton, Bryn Morris, Jon Nolan and Stefan Payne (Sam Jones, 95).

Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Carlton Morris, Arthur Gnahoua, Lenell John-Lewis, Luke Hendire, Sam Jones and Abo Eisa.

Oxford United: Simon Eastwood, Ryan Ledson, Cameron Brannagan, Josh Ruffels, Rob Dickie, James Henry (Isaac Buckley-Ricketts, 74), Joe Rothwell, Todd Kane, Jonathan Obika (Malachi Napa, 60), Agon Mehmeti (Wes Thomas, 60) and John Mousinho.

Subs: Scott Shearer, Aaron Martin, Wes Thomas, Ricardinho, Ashley Smith-Brown, Isaac Buckley-Ricketts and Malachi Napa.

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge

Assistants: Gareth Mellor and Kevin Morris

Fourth Official: Joseph Johnson  

Attendance: 7191(674)

In a thrilling game of football, Town secured all three points after an impresive 3-2 win over Oxford United. Two goals from Shaun Whalley and a goal from Jon Nolan secured the vital victory for the Shrews.

Team News:  

Toto Nsiala is out of the match day squad with a fractured cheekbone, Omar Beckles moves into the centre back position and Max Lowe is introduced into the starting eleven. James Bolton returns for his first start since injury at right back and replaces Luke Hendrie, who drops to the bench. Town will line up in a 4141 formation.  

First half:  

An early chance came for the Shrews within the first five, from an Oxford defensive mistake. The Oxford defence passed a short ball back towards keeper Simon Eastwood but Shaun Whalley couldn’t get near to the ball quick enough and The U’s keeper smothered the ball away.

The pressure was mounting on The U’s defence; a few moments later James Bolton played a neat through ball onto the wing and found Whalley. The winger fired in a low cross towards Stefan Payne but the striker couldn’t get a clear shot at goal.

Another similar chance fell for Payne a few minutes later, Nathan Thomas’s driving play down the wing created an almost identical opening, this time Payne connected well but Eastwood got a firm foot to the ball and saved the strikers shot.

Dean Henderson was tasked with keeping the scores level just after the 20-minute mark. Jonathan Obika struck a low hard shot towards the bottom right corner but Henderson got down well to claim the ball for Town.

A yellow card was brandished to Nathan Thomas after the winger kicked the ball away in frustration after committing a foul when he was chasing down the ball.

Another fantastic save from Henderson came 10 minutes after his first one. Obika had another shot which was deflected off Omar Beckles, the keeper readjusted himself and managed to get a strong hand to the ball.

Shortly after, Town broke towards the other end of the pitch. Whalley drove the ball into the box past two Oxford defenders and managed to get a shot away. Eastwood managed to once again clear the ball.

The deadlock was broke in the 40th minute by Whalley, after a good first half from the winger.  Whalley’s free kick on the edge of the box went through all of the bodies to nestle in the bottom right corner, giving Town the one goal advantage just before half time.  

Max Lowe was given a yellow card just before the break. The referee deemed Lowe’s challenge on Agon Mehmeti was late.  

Town went into the break with a deserved one-goal advantage after Shaun Whalley Struck home from a free kick late on in the half.  

Second half:   

Town started the second half off in the best possible fashion, Jon Nolan had a shot from outside of the box deflected into the top left corner taking the ball away from The U’s keeper and doubling Towns lead.  

Just four minutes after Nolan’s goal, Payne had a chance to extend the deficit to three goals. Payne was one on one with the keeper after a poor Oxford back pass but put the ball just past the post.  

Town were dominating the play ten minutes into the second half with a flurry of chances. Whalley crossed in an inch perfect ball, Bryn Morris headed the ball well and beat Eastwood but struck the ball off the bar.  

The U’s halved the score line in the 61st minute. With almost his first touch, Wes Thomas smashed the ball home from a few yards out past Henderson after Bryn Morris and Max Lowe couldn’t clear the ball, making the score 2-1.  

A perfect reply three minutes later and a second goal for Shaun Whalley restored the two-goal gap for Town; a great strike from an awkward angle just inside the box flew past Eastwood giving the Shrews a two-goal cushion for a second time.  

Town were relentless in their pressure and kept attacking The U’s back line. Thomas had a great long range shot but the shaky keeper managed to keep a hold of the ball.  

Against the run of play, Oxford were given a lifeline when Joe Rothwell’s shot at goal took a deflection and narrowly beat Henderson, brining the score to 3-2 in the 73rd minute.  
Both teams were battling hard for the ball in the action packed half, Ben Godfrey was given a yellow card for a challenge on Oxford striker Wes Thomas towards the back end of the game.  

Wes Thomas was booked injury time for blocking Henderson’s goal kick with his arm.

Town held on after five injury time minutes to secure a vital three points against Oxford United, which keeps Town at the top end of the table.

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Ticket News

Oxford United Ticket News

30 March 2018

Ticket details for the Sky Bet League One game at home to Oxford United

Shrewsbury Town v Oxford United
Monday 2nd April – 3pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Oxford United.

This game is valid for Season Ticket holders and they can turn up on the day and scan their card for stadium entry. 

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on the day of the match. 

Ticket prices for a 2017/18 Sky Bet League One fixture can be found here

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 
•    In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Tickets bought online can be printed at home and scanned for stadium entry.

There are two offers in operation for the game, season ticket holders can bring a friend for £5 and emergency services get 50% off the normal matchday ticket prices, full details here - Oxford United Ticket Offers.

U8s go free to every home SkyBet League One game during the 2017/18 season.

Supporters can get tickets via the popular FlexiTicket or you can use the new FanCard to save money on every home league game.

If you are interested in coming as a youth group then we provide free tickets for groups of up to 25 people - for more details click here

There are several options for the game if you would like to sample our matchday hospitality, you can see this here - Matchday Hospitality - or contact out Commercial team here - commercial@shrewsburytown.co.uk

If you can't make it to the game you cn listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

Travel - There are a number of matchday buses from around the county and buses from town centre, details here Matchday Travel Plan.  There a number of parking options in and around the stadium, these can be viewed here Matchday Parking Options.

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