Goals from Wildig and Taylor give Town the edge
Goals from Aaron Wildig and Jon Taylor sealed a 2-0 win for Shrewsbury Town in a behind closed doors practice match against Welsh champions The New Saints at the Greenhous Meadow this afternoon.
After a goalless first half Town were more ruthless in the second period in their final warm up game before their opening competitive match of the season at Leeds United in the Capitial One Cup on Saturday.
Manager Graham Turner included a host of players in his starting XI who had not featured as much as some of their team mates in pre-season.
That meant starts for youngsters Ryan Woods and Elliot Turner in midfield with Welsh under-21 internationals Bradshaw and Ryan Doble paired together up front.
Town, playing towards the newly-named Pro-Vision CCTV Stand, started brightly with Taylor hitting the bar and then Reuben Hazell headed an inviting Turner corner just wide.
TNS threatened in between with Chris Jones bursting into the box only to be denied by an excellent save from Chris Weale diving low to his left.
Tom Bradshaw was next to go close when he was picked out by the lively Taylor and got in on a shot on the turn which was deflected on to the top of the net.
On loan defender Michael Hector, who sat out Friday's 3-2 win at Worcester City owing to a slight knock, then flashed a long range effort just wide as the first half ended goalless.
Goalkeeper Joe Anyon and defender Jermaine Grandison, who also missed the trip to Worcester with a slight knock, replaced Weale and Hector at half time and within a minute of the restart Town were in front.
Bradshaw and Doble created a shooting chance for Turner whose effort was diverted home by the impressive Wildig.
Doble then fired straight at the keeper and Joe Jacobson cracked a 20 yard free kick just wide before Shrewsbury doubled their lead 20 minutes from time.
Connor Goldson delivered a fine low cross from the right which Taylor tapped home at the far post.
Young Jamaican Javia Roberts, a scholar, was introduced for the last 10 minutes in place of Doble.
TOWN: Weale (Anyon 46); Goldson, Hazell, Hector (Grandison 46), Jacobson; Taylor, Woods, Wildig, Turner; Doble (Roberts 81), Bradshaw.