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Preview: Gillingham v Town

1 September 2017

With everything going rather swimmingly,  Shrewsbury Town take their unbeaten league run to Kent with a visit to Gillingham. The Gills haven't had a great start to the season really, they earned a point at Doncaster in a 0-0 draw on the opening day of the season and another in their 3-3 home draw with Southend last weekend are their only points so far. 1-0 defeats at home to Bradford and away to Milton Keynes make up the rest of their league results, they were put out of the League Cup by Reading but they managed to beat Southend at the second time of asking in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.

The Manager
Ex Gillingham defender Adrian Pennock is the man in charge at Priestfield and has been since early January. Before signing up with the Gills he managed Forest Green Rovers but was replaced after three years despite taking them higher than they had ever been in the Conference. He's also coached at Welling and stoke where he was youth coach for Tony Pulis. His record at Gillingham isn't particularly spectacular but he was battling at the wrong end of League One for the first half a season and he did keep them up with just one point less than we managed to.

Top Scorer
Tom Eaves. We know Tom quite well after his time spent on loan here a few seasons ago from Bolton. I liked him, and I was pleased to see him sign for a second time after he'd scored six times in ten games, including three against Crawley. He'd previously been with Bristol Rovers and had scored seven for them in sixteen and I saw him as an impressive player who helped us a great deal in that first season. His second spell with us came in 2013/4 and wasn't as resounding a success as his first spell but nobody did particularly well for us that season. Since then he's had a season with Yeovil, another club during a difficult time, He scored seven in all competitions from around fifty games for Yeovil and moved on to Gillingham this closed season. He's played five times this season and scored a hat-trick last weekend against Southend.

Referee
Kevin Johnson from Weston-Super-Mare. Mr Johnson started the season with 2 red cards in Wigan's 1-0 away win at Milton Keynes but hasn't shown any since. His yellow card average so far this season is 3.8 over five games.

Assistants: Andrew Laver and John Farries.

Fourth Official: Graham Kane.

Squad News
Gills: Striker Conor Wilkinson who still has one game to go to complete his red card suspension. Midfielder Josh Wright has left the club and last night midfielder Sean Clare signed from Sheffield Wednesday. Goalkeeper Steve Arnold will be assessed after he sustained a broken nose and teeth in the Southend game.
Town:Dean Henderson still away with the England Under 21’s,

Prediction
I've had a look at Gillinghams highlights from this season so far and although it you don't get a full picture of how a team plays, they do look vulnerable from the flanks.  Defensively I imagine they may want to improve their organization but going forward they look a danger but until their last two games they hadn't scored. They will certainly be buoyed by those last couple of results, five goals scored and two wins in a few short days shows they're more capable than their league position suggests. But we should also remember that this is a team that has conceded four goals against a Southend team that haven't won since the first game of the season. I'd be happy enough to draw this one but I think we can beat them if we play as we have been doing so far this season.

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Match Reports

Gillingham 1 Town 2

2 September 2017

First-Half goals from Morris and Rodman give Town the win

Town: Craig MacGillivray, Ben Godfrey, Mat Sadler, Shaun Whalley, Abu Ogogo ©, Carlton Morris (Stefan Payne 65), Junior Brown, James Bolton Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman (Lenell John-Lewis 84)
Subs: Danny Coyne, Omar Beckles, Louis Dodds, Arthur Gnahoua, Lenell John-Lewis, Ebou Adams, Stefan Payne

Gillingham: Tomas Holy, Luke O’Neill (Sean Clare 65), Alex Lacey, Scott Wagstaff, Tom Eaves, Lee Martin © (Greg Cundle 81), Connor Ogilvie, Billy Bingham, Ben Nugent, Liam Nash (Josh Parker 61), Mark Byrne
Subs: Steve Arnold, Max Ehmer, Jake Hessenthaler, Josh Parker, Darren Oldaker, Greg Cundle, Sean Clare

Referee: Kevin Johnson
Assistants: Andrew Laver and John Farries
Fourth Official: Graham Kane

Shrewsbury Town continued their fine start to the 2017/18 League One season with a 2-1 victory over Gillingham. Town started slowly, but two goals within 10 minutes of the first half from Carlton Morris and Alex Rodman gave Shrewsbury a 2-0 lead at the break. Gillingham looked to get back into it in the second half and scored with 15 minutes remaining through Josh Parker, but Town held on for the win.

Team News:
Craig MacGillivray in for Dean Henderson is the only change from the side which faced Oxford last weekend. Mat Sadler, Abu Ogogo, Carlton Morris and Alex Rodman all return to the side after being rested in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday. Stefan Payne remains on the bench despite his three goals in the last three games.

First Half:
Gillingham were looking for their first League victory of the season and they started very brightly. Former Town boy Tom Eaves tested MacGillivray within the opening couple of minutes as he ran onto a header but Craig got down well to his right to make the save.

Gillingham then had the ball in the net with 10 minutes gone when Eaves caused problems in behind and Wagstaff latched onto it before side-footing past MacGillivray, but he was judged to be offside.

Gillingham continued to push forward and the Town ‘keeper was forced to make another good save when Liam Nash burst onto a through ball and unleased a powerful drive which MacGillivray managed to get a strong right hand to.

Town had to cope with a lot of pressure in the opening 25 minutes, but after staying in the game they created their best chance of the game when Alex Rodman found himself in behind the Gillingham defence, but his shot went inches wide of Tomas Holy’s post.

That attack appeared to give Town more belief and they went even closer when Carlton Morris latched onto Shaun Whalley’s ball over the top, but his volley from the angle was well saved.

However, Town would take the lead on the half-hour mark when Town recycled a corner and the ball found its way to Carlton Morris who finished high into the back of the net from 10 yards.

The goal appeared to loosen the shackles and Town scored a second just minutes later when Shaun Whalley produced a sumptuous cross onto the head of Alex Rodman at the back post whose header nestled into the bottom corner.

Half-Time: 2-0

Second Half:
After an action packed end to the first-half, the start of the second was a more sedate affair as Town looked to take the sting out of the fixture.

Gillingham’s best opportunity to get back into it appeared to be from long-throws and they had a trio of throw-ins 10 minutes into the half, but Town managed to deal with them well enough.

There was little goalmouth action to talk about in the opening 20 minutes of the second half. Town’s best work came when they used the flanks, although they couldn’t find the all-important final ball, whilst Gillingham were restricted to shots from distance with Mark Bryne going close form 30 yards.

However, Gillingham did get one back with 15 minutes remaining as Scott Wagstaff produced a fine cross the right and Josh Parker got up well to glance it into the bottom corner.

Gillingham pushed for a winner and Billy Bingham went close when he hit one from 25 yards, but it went inches over the top of Craig MacGillivray’s goal.

Town brought on Lenell John-Lewis and Omar Beckles to held see the game out for the final 10 minutes.

With five minutes of additional time added Gillingham gave it one final push and won a late corner, but Craig MacGillivray punched well and Town held on for their fourth win of the season.

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Ticket News

Gillingham Tickets

31 August 2017

Ticket details for League trip to Gillingham

Gillingham v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 2nd September 2017 – kick-off 3pm
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
SKY Bet League One

Ticket prices have been confirmed for our Sky Bet League One trip to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium to take on Gillingham.

Tickets will be priced at -

Brian Moore Stand

Adults - £20
Senior Citizen - £16.00
Under 18 / Students (with valid ID card) - £6
Under 12 - £6
Wheelchair & helper (sold as a pair) – Price relevant to age brand

Gordon Road Stand

Adults - £22
Senior Citizen - £19.00
Under 18 / Students (with valid ID card) - £7
Under 12 - £7
Wheelchair & helper (sold as a pair) – Price relevant to age brand

The price of tickets does increase on match day by £2 for all age categories.

Brian Moore will be the only stand available to purchase on the day of the match for Town fans.

Tickets will go off sale on Friday 1st September at 3pm.

 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

 

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