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Match Report | Shrewsbury Town 0-2 Bristol Rovers

16 September 2023

Shrewsbury Town fell to defeat against Bristol Rovers.

Town had a blatant penalty waved away just moments before John Marquis, who committed the foul, opened the scoring.

Aaron Collins added a second in added time.

Shrewsbury put in a solid performance in the first half but were unable to convert their shots into goals.


Boss Matt Taylor gave Max Mata his first league for the visit of Bristol Rovers with the striker starting up front alongside Dan Udoh.

In what was a 3-5-2 formation, Elliott Bennett also came into the side at right wing-back in a move that saw Carl Winchester shift into midfield.

He was joined in the middle of the park by Taylor Perry and league debutant Ryan Finnigan - with Nohan Kenneh not involved due to the hours spent travelling while on international duty with Liberia.

Bristol Rovers lined up in a 4-3-3 system with former Salopian and fan-favourite Ryan Woods starting for them in the middle of the park.

In attack, Marquis was the central striker with Collins and Luke Thomas wide.


It was Town who proved to be the more dangerous of the two sides throughout the first half - with Matt Taylor's men consistently getting into threatening areas.

In the opening 25 minutes, both Mata and Udoh got on the end of crosses only to see their efforts claimed by goalkeeper Matthew Cox.

And the two strikers then went on to link up superbly to create another chance just past the half-hour mark.

A lovely dinked pass from Mata saw Udoh charge toward goal with the striker then doing really well to turn away from Jack Hunt.

But just as he got his shot away, Hunt did brilliantly to make a last-ditch block and turn the ball behind for a corner.

A minute later Town were denied once again with the ball falling for Perry in the box. But his goal-bound shot was also brilliantly blocked - with Hunt again the man producing the brilliant piece of last-gasp defending.

A strong penalty appeal for Salop was the first incident of the second half as Udoh was pushed down in the box by Connor Taylor, the referee waved play on, though. 

Benning’s cross fell to Bennett at the back post and he managed to sting the palms of Cox. 

Shortly after they both entered the action, Kieran Phillips ran down the line before squaring it to Tom Bayliss but his effort was once again blocked by The Gas – the two substitutes almost linked up instantly for a goal. 

A second strong penalty appeal came for Shrewsbury when Dunkley was manhandled by the already booked Marquis but again, the referee was unmoved.

Dunkley was then booked for dissent following a complaint to the official. 

Just four minutes later, Marquis scored for the visitors after Collins drilled a low cross to him at the back post. 

In the first minute of the additional five, Rovers doubled their lead as Taylor’s header was turned in by Collins at the back post, thus securing the points.


Shrewsbury Town: Marko Marosi; Mal Benning (Brandon Fleming 76’), Joe Anderson, Morgan Feeney, Chey Dunkley; Elliott Bennett, Carl Winchester (Tom Bayliss 67’), Ryan Finnigan (Tunmise Sobowale 83’), Taylor Perry; Dan Udoh (Ryan Bowman 76’), Max Mata (Kieran Phillips 67’) 

Unused Substitutes: Harry Burgoyne, Tom Flanagan 

Bristol Rovers: Matthew Cox, James Wilson, John Marquis, Aaron Collins, Luke Thomas (Luke McCormick 68’), Ryan Woods (Jevani Brown 68’), Connor Taylor, Antony Evans (Sam Finley 83’), Lamare Bogarde, George Friend, Jack Hunt 

Substitutes: James Belshaw, Josh Grant, Harvey Vale, Tristan Crama 

Referee: Tom Reeves 

Attendance: 6,070 (874 away) 

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Ticket Details | Bristol Rovers

21 August 2023

Tickets are now on sale for the visit of Bristol Rovers in September.


Shrewsbury Town v Bristol Rovers - 16/09/23 - 3pm kick-off.

The Croud Meadow

Sky Bet League One

Ticket Information

These games are valid for season ticket holders. They can turn up on the day and scan their card at the turnstiles for stadium entry.

Please be aware that ALL juniors under 18 will have a new season ticket card due to a change in the pricing structure. These can be collected from the main ticket office.

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on matchdays. Please note the new ticket collection points below.

Matchday collections for East and South Stands (Block 1–12) will be from the new Ticket Collection Hut just inside the main green gates after 1pm on matchday Saturday or 6pm for a midweek game.

Collections for the West Stand (Block 13–19) will be in the West Stand Ticket Office as usual from 1pm on matchday Saturday and 6pm for a midweek game.

Collections before these times will still be from the main ticket office from 10am – 5pm Monday, Thursday and Fridays before a home game. Or, 10am - 2.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays before an away game.

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

Tickets will be available to be delivered to you as a QR code via email on your mobile or as Print at Home.

Ticket office opening hours are 10am – 5pm Monday, Thursday and Fridays before a home game. Or, 10am - 2.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays before an away game and 10am – kick-off on a matchday Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:

• In-person at The Croud 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 or can be selected as a QR code and can be saved in your mobile device emails for use on matchday.

When buying online the following costs apply:

Digital Ticket/ QR Code = FreeCollect from STFC = FreeStandard post for online booking = £1.50Special Delivery = £9.00Add to FanCard = Free.

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