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18 August 2017

We look ahead to Saturday's game with Rochda

With six points tucked under our amber and blue clad arms we go into the third league game of the season in sixth place and one of six teams in League One with two wins from two. Rochdale provide the opposition for our second home game of the season but their record so far has only brought them one point from a home draw with Scunthorpe. Their other league game was a 2-0 away defeat to newly promoted Portsmouth. They've had better luck in the EFL Cup though and having dispatched Mansfield they'll play Premier League Stoke City away on Wednesday.

 The Manager

Ex Rochdale defender Keith Hill spent five years with them in the early years of this century, making over 150 appearances and scoring five times. His playing career also took him to Plymouth, Cheltenham, Wrexham, Morecambe and his first club Blackburn.

His management career started at Rochdale in 2006 and in that time he helped them to promotion to League one and their highest league position in over 40 years and moved on to his next club Barnsley with his clubs blessing. Unfortunately it didn't work out as well as had been hoped and he left the club after just under a year. A little while later he re-joined Dale and got them promoted back to League one in 2014.

Top Scorer

Last seasons top scorer was Ian Henderson with 19 goals from 49 appearances and he's still with Dale. He's played all three of Dales games this season but has yet to score so far.

Referee
Andy Haines from Tyne and Wear. Games this season: 3. Yellow Cards: 13. Red cards: 1
Assistants Nigel Smith and Christopher Ward
Fourth Official Joe Simpson

Team News

The big news is the arrival of Stephan Payne on a 2-year contract from Barnsley. Payne had a successful loan spell with us last season. Joe Riley is on his way back but it may be too early this weekend. Bryn Morris is out for at least a month.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill will have to do without left-back Joe Bunney and goalkeeper Brendan Moore.

Prediction

I've not seen us play a competitive game this season yet and I must apologise for the lateness of this weekend’s preview, which is due to my return from holidaying in the Netherlands. I think we have a pretty good chance of getting something this weekend given our form and theirs. Having said that, Rochdale are more than capable of taking the three points so we need to keep another clean sheet. I think though, I'll keep predicting 2-2 draws as every time I do that we win at home!

Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Rochdale

COYB!!!

Marcus Braddock

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Match Reports

Town 3 Rochdale 2

Town come from behind to beat Dale

19 August 2017

Town: Dean Henderson, Mat Sadler, Shaun Whalley (Lenell John-Lewis 90), Abu Ogogo ©, Carlton Morris (Stefan Payne 68), Louis Dodds (Ebou Adams 81), Junior Brown, James Bolton, Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman
Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Arthur Gnahoua, Lenell John-Lewis, Ebou Adams, Zak Jules, Niall Ennis, Stefan Payne

Rochdale: Brendan Moore, Joseph Rafferty, Kgosi Ntlhe (Joseph Bunney HT), Jim McNulty, Niall Canavan (Matthew Done HT), Harrison McGahey, Callum Camps (Jamie Allen 42), Oliver Rathbone, Bradden Inman, Steven Davies, Ian Henderson ©
Subs: Steve Collis, Jordan Williams, Matthew Done, Jamie Allen, Andrew Canon, Mark Kitching, Joseph Bunney

Referee: Andy Haines
Assistants: Nigel Smith and Christopher Ward
Fourth Official: Joe Simpson

Attendance: 5001 (328)

Shrewsbury Town made it three wins out of three for only the third time in their Football League history with a 3-2 victory over Rochdale. Dale took the lead from the spot early on, only for Town to hit back with two goals before the break. Dale got themselves back on level terms midway through the second period, again from the spot, but Stefan Payne, who joined Town on a permanent deal on Friday, scored with 15 minutes to seal the victory.

Team News:
Paul Hurst stuck with the same side which performed so admirably at Wimbledon. New signing Stefan Payne, who only joined the group on Friday, starts on the bench. His replacement of Christos Shelis is the only change to last week’s 18. Joe Riley is still some way off contention, but he was working with the fitness staff before the game.

First Half:
Town have started all their opening fixtures brightly and today’s game was no different with Jon Nolan driving from midfield inside the opening minute. He played a nice one-two with Alex Rodman, before unleashing a decent effort which went just wide of the post.

Rochdale hadn’t seen much of the ball in the opening stages, but with 15 minutes on the clock they had the perfect opportunity to take the lead when Nsiala slid in and brought down Bradden Inman in the box. Referee Haines awarded a penalty and Steven Davies stepped-up left footed and struck it powerfully into the top corner.

Town were presented with the perfect chance for an equaliser when Carlton Morris got in behind the Dale defence, but Moore made himself big in the Rochdale goal and Morris could only find his body with the shot.

The opening goal had really opened up the game and Town almost put themselves into worse trouble when Dean Henderson failed to get to a through ball, but Nsiala made amends for his earlier error by blocking Davies’ shot with the goal gaping.

Town were awarded a penalty of their own with 28 minutes on the clock as Shaun Whalley was brought down just inside the area. Whalley picked himself up and sent Moore the wrong way from the spot.

Just three minutes later Town should surely have made it three one when Rochdale misjudged a ball over the top and Dodds found himself in acres of space behind the Dale defence. He perhaps had too much time to think and after running 20 yards with the ball his shot was tame and Moore made the save.

However, he couldn’t keep the ball out of the net 30 second later as Town produced the best move of the match with Alex Rodman producing a delicious cross for Carlton Morris to side foot home from six yards.

As the game ticked into added time in the first-half Moore made a fine save to keep out Louis Dodds. Dodds’ initial effort was block but the ricochet fell straight to the former Vale man who unleashed a powerful half-volley, but the Dale ‘keeper got down well to his right to palm it away.

Half-Time: 2-1

Second Half:
Keith Hill clearly had some harsh words for his Rochdale side at the break and they made two changes at half-time with Matt Done and Joe Bunney coming on. The changes appeared to make a difference early on with Town camped in their own half for the early stages of the second period.

Rochdale hadn’t really tested Dean Henderson, the Town stopper made an amazing save on 60 minutes when Ian Henderson’s 10 yard shot appeared to be heading for the bottom corner. Ian was already beginning to celebrate but Dean threw out a right arm and turned it round the post.

However, from the corner Rochdale were awarded a dubious penalty as Nsiala appeared to be penalised for a handball, much to the disgruntlement of the crowd. Davies once again stepped up to take it and despite Henderson diving the right way, the shot was too powerful to keep out.

With 68 minutes on the clock Town made their first change of the afternoon as Stefan Payne replaced Carlton Morris.

It was a thoroughly entertaining encounter and Town came so close to going in front again with 18 minutes left when Shaun Whalley brought the ball down brilliantly on the right hand side and his cross fell to Alex Rodman 10 yards out but Brendan Moore made another wonderful save, this time with his foot to keep out Rodman.

However, three minutes later Town did go back in front when the returning Payne outmuscled the Rochdale defence to run onto a ball over the top and he smashed it past Moore from the edge of the box, giving the ‘keeper no chance.

With Town looking to preserve their lead they replaced Louis Dodds with Ebou Adams for the final 10 minutes and then brought Lenell John-Lewis on in the final minute of normal time for Shaun Whalley. The substitutions appeared to take the sting out of the game and Town held on for a deserved victory.

Full Time: 3-2

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Ticket News

Rochdale Ticket News

14 August 2017

Ticket details for our game at home to Rochdale

Shrewsbury Town v Rochdale
Saturday 19th August – 3:00pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Rochdale.

This game is valid for Season Ticket holders and they can turn up on the day and scan there 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 Greenhous 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.

We are still finalising plans for this season’s Flexi Tickets and details on this will be available on the club website once these are decided upon. 

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.

There are several parking options for the game and an extensive travel plan with coaches from around the county and from the Town centre.

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