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Gillingham Match Preview

22 October 2019

Marcus Braddock previews this evenings Sky Bet League One game with Gillingham

Tonight, Shrewsbury Town entertain Gillingham in our first home game in Skybet League One since the start of October. The Gills are currently sitting in 16th position after 3 wins and five draws in League One. Their three wins have all been recorded at home meaning that they've not yet won away.

Manager Steve Evans is well known to lower league supporters having managed at Rotherham, Peterborough and Crawley to name just three of the seven clubs that he's been in charge of. He's been in charge of the Kent team since May, winning three and drawing six of their 16 games in that time.

The Gills have spread the goals around with Alex Jakubiak on four in the league so far this season with four players scoring two goals so far.

We've played the Gills a total of 65 times, including four games in cup competitions. Our best result against them was the 7-0 home win in 2008 and their best result against us was a 5-0 home win in October 1964.

Tonight's referee is Mr Will Finnie from Bedfordshire. Finnie is in his second season as a professional ref and spent last season officiating in the Conference, giving out 80 yellow and 9 red cards from 22 games. This season he's been in charge of League Two games so tonight's game will be his first in Skybet League One. So far this season, Finnie has shown one red card and 47 yellow cards in 11 games.

Town have a few injuries to contend with, with Callum Lang and Romain Vincalot both out of action for a fair few months. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will be missing because of his hamstring injury.

The Gills have midfielder Mark Byrne suspended after picking up his fifth caution of the season. Midfielder Matt Willock will also be out of action for the Gills and defender Barry Fuller is a doubt.

Town have not been beaten in their last three games and will be hoping to extend that run to four tonight. We've also kept three clean sheets in a row so I have high hopes that we can get a positive result. Sam Ricketts thinks Gillingham have been unlucky this season and is cautioning against any thoughts of an easy game.



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Match Reports

Shrewsbury Town 1 Gillingham 1

22 October 2019

Town and Gillingham share the points after drawing 1-1

Town: Max O’Leary, Aaron Pierre, Ro-Shaun Williams, Omar Beckles, Ollie Norburn, Ryan Giles, Donald Love, Sean Goss, Daniel Udoh (Fejiri Okenabirhie, 31), Josh Laurent (Shaun Whalley, 59), Jason Cummings (Dave Edwards, 72).

Subs: Joe Murphy, Scott Golbourne, Dave Edwards, Shaun Whalley, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Brad Walker, Louis Thompson.

Gillingham: Jack Bonham, Stuart O’Keefe, Max Ehmer, Connor Ogilvie, Brandon Hanlan, Regan Charles-Cook (Ollie Lee, 80), Alfie Jones, Mark Marshall (Lee Hodson, 90), Alex Jakubiak (Mikael Ndjoli, 82), Tom O’Connor, Jack Tucker.

Subs: Joe Walsh, Lee Hodson, Mikael Mandron, Mikael Ndjoli, Ousseynou Cisse, Ben Pringle, Ollie Lee.

Referee: Will Finnie
Assistants: Joe Clark and Richard Woodward
Fourth official: Alan Clayton

Attendance: 5076 (186)

Shrewsbury Town this evening extended their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw against this evening’s visitors Gillingham.

It was the Gills who took the lead in the game but Town battled back and managed to earn a point due to a second-half Omar Beckles goal.

First Half:

Shrewsbury Town’s Tuesday evening Sky Bet League One clash with Gillingham got off to a bright and competitive start, with both teams looking to push up the field and create chances. Within the opening 10-minutes, Town managed to flash the ball across the visitors’ box but saw the threatening ball cut out by the Gills keeper Jack Bonham.

The positive opening period allowed Town go grow in confidence and enabled Sam Ricketts’ side to string a number of positive passes together, making his side look continuously dangerous in the opposition half. Town’s midfield particularly dispatched the ball around the pitch well.

The first yellow card of the game was brandished by referee Will Finnie in the 19th minute. Gillingham’s number 14, Alfie Jones, pulled down Daniel Udoh in the final-third and was subsequently booked for the foul. Despite this, Town were unable to capitalise with the free kick.

It was Salop who managed the first real chance at goal during the first-half. Josh Laurent picked up the ball just outside of the box and let off a good shot. Unfortunately for the midfielder, Bonham was equal to the effort and managed to claim the ball well for his side.

The Gills managed to receive their second booking of the game in the 30th minute through Stuart O’Keefe. The defender made a late challenge and caught Jason Cummings on the ankle.

Cummings forced Bonham to make another good save with just over five minutes to go in the half. Town counter-attacked well and Laurent managed to feed a good ball through to the forward. After a good run, the striker dispatched a left-footed effort, which required a good sprawling save from the Gills’ shot-stopper.

In the 42nd minute the visitors were awarded a penalty after Ryan Giles was deemed to have committed handball in the Salop box. O’Keefe managed to fire the penalty into the left corner of the Town net - giving his side the lead.

Ro-Shaun Williams was also put into the referee’s book after blocking a Gillingham forward from progressing into Town’s half.

The half came to an end with Gillingham taking the one-goal advantage into the break.

Second Half:

The opening 10-minutes of the second-half was mostly being battled out in the middle of the park. Both teams were fighting for possession and looked to pass the ball through the opposition defence, but neither side had many clear chances to progress.

Town were beginning to utilise the wings more and nearly calved out a chance in the 63rd minute. Giles swung in a good cross towards Cummings, box but a Gills defender managed to get a solid connection on the ball to clear it away.

Town went that step further with their next chance and managed to earn the equalising goal. Sean Goss recycled a corner kick and found Omar Beckles who had the task of tapping in from close range to put his team back on level terms.

Goss was given a yellow card in the 68th minute for pulling back Regan Charles-Cook.

The introduction of Shaun Whalley did prove to be positive for Town, as the midfielder often carried the ball into the final third. In the 87th minute Whalley won a free kick on the edge of the box for his team but Goss couldn’t convert to grab a late winner.

Fejiri Okenabirhie was given a yellow card late on for blocking play in the middle of the park.

Even with the additional four minutes added on, neither team were able to find a winner and both took away one point.

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Gillingham Ticket Details

20 October 2019

The ticket details for our Sky Bet League One game with Gillingham

Shrewsbury Town v Gillingham
Tuesday 22nd October – 7:45 pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

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

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

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

Supporters are encouraged to buy in advance if they can to help beat the queues on matchday.

Ticket prices for a 2019/20 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.

When buying online the following costs apply-

Print at Home = Free
Collect from STFC = Free
Standard post = £2.60
Special Delivery = £9.00
Add to FanCard = Free

U12s go free to every home SkyBet League One game during the 2019/20 season.

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

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 our Commercial team here -

If you can't make it to the game you can 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 the 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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