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Reserves win at Bury

31 January 2013

Asa Hall strike gives Town the points

Asa Hall scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half as Shrewsbury Town reserves gained a 1-0 win at Bury in the Central League.
 
Hall struck with a low shot from the edge of the box which gave Bury goalkeeper Christian Dibble, son of former Wales international Andy, no chance.
 
At the other end Town's promising England under-17 international Callum Burton marked his reserve team debut with a clean sheet.
 
Two more of his youth team colleagues lined up in front of him in the back four with Dominic Smith and Sam Westray both impressing at full back.
 
Town also fielded a trialist at the heart of defence while there was also important game time for Aaron Wildig, Paul Parry and Luke Summerfield.
 
Also pleasing was the sight of Ryan Doble, the Wales under-21 international, making his comeback from a hand injury sustained just before Christmas.
 
"The pitch wasn't the best but we did all right," said Mike Jackson, Town's first team coach who looks after the reserves. "It was at Radcliffe Borough which wasn't ideal but the lads acquitted themselves well, did okay.
 
"It was a decent work out and it was a good opportunity again for the fitness side of it. There's places up for grabs as we're not playing brilliantly at the moment but we're doing okay.
 
"They've got to keep themselves ready if they get the opportunity. That's what these games are for."
 
Jackson was pleased with the reserve debut of Burton.
 
"Callum did well," he said. "Everyone knows he's with the England set up so I think it's good for him to to step up. 
 
"That's the idea of the reserves, drop these kids in and see how they handle it, and I thought he did great for his first game. The more we can get him in and play him the better."
 
As for the return of striker Doble, Jackson considered that another big positive. 
 
"Ryan started a bit slow but as the game went on he did really well," he added. "He could have had a penalty - it should really have been a definite penalty - but his fitness levels were good so the lads have got to keep pushing themselves now."
 
Town reserves are next in Central League action on Tuesday, February 12 when they take on Tranmere Rovers at the Greenhous Meadow (2pm).
 
TOWN RESERVES: Callum Burton; Dominic Smith, Connor Goldson, trialist, Sam Westray; Ryan Woods, Aaron Wildig, Asa Hall, Luke Summerfield; Paul Parry (Jack Gwilliams 80), Ryan Doble. Unused subs: Scott Ryan, Sam Molineux.


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