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TNS claim practice match win

9 July 2013

Aaron Wildig on target for Town

Shrewsbury Town's squad had their first taste of pre-season action earlier today when they took on Welsh champions TNS in a behind closed doors practice match at the Greenhous Meadow.
And it was the team from Oswestry, preparing for next week's Champions League clash against Polish club Legia Warsaw, which ran out 2-1 winners in a game played in blistering heat.
Aaron Wildig fired home a well taken goal for Town but strikes from Jamie Mullan and Ryan Fraughan won it for the Saints in a match which was played over two segments of half an hour and one of 20 minutes.  
Gaham Turner used all his available players but Tamika Mkandawire played no part owing to a slight hamstring problem.  
Speaking ahead of the game, GT said: "It gives players a chance to get a little bit of game time in. It's all part of the fitness programme and there will be a training session beforehand.
"It will also give me an opportunity to look at one or two players that have been training with us over the last couple of days and see how they go.
"It's an interesting one and obviously TNS playing in Europe will be a little bit more advanced with their training so it will be a good, physical work out for us."
GT felt it was a useful game for his players to have before their first public appearance of pe-season against Turkish giants Galatasaray at the Greenhous Meadow on Saturday. 
"We've got to keep Galatasaray in perspective," he said. "I think it's just part of our pre-season pogramme. I know it's a big game, I know they've got some world class players and it's going to be a difficult occasion for us but it's one to look forward to.
"It's all about keeping an eye on August 3. We've got to be fit, we've got to be organised and we've got to be all ready for the big kick off against MK Dons.
"Galatasaray is part of the process for bringing us to that point."
As for the latest on defender Mkandawire, the manager added: "Tamika Mkandawire has got just a slight hamstring so he won't take part in today's game, but shouldn't be out for any length of time."  

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