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Review of the season: September

1 June 2013

We take a look back at the 2012/13 season

September began with a bang with Paul Parry's early goal giving Shrewsbury Town a flying start at Stevenage.
It set the tone for a dominant away day display from Town who went close to finding the net again on a number of occasions either side of Darius Charles curling home a stunning equaliser.
A week later and Town were unfortunate to emerge empty handed from a 3-2 defeat at Notts County, all the goals coming in a very open second half.
Trailing 1-0, skipper Matt Richards hauled Town level from the penalty spot before, almost immeditely, right back Jermaine Grandison picked up the ball inside his own half and just kept running and running.
Having tricked his way past several players, Grandison managed to keep his cool to fire home Town's goal of the season. A memorable moment for the Birmingham-born defender.
But come the final whistle, Town had nothing to show for their efforts, County equalising before veteran striker Lee Hughes came off the bench to grab a late winner.
The following Saturday saw Town's stunning 34 game unbeaten run at the Greenhous Meadow come to an end with a disappointing 1-0 reverse against Scunthorpe United.
An early goal from Leon Clarke proved enough for the Iron, much to the delight of their manager Alan Knill, ironically also the triumphant visiting boss when he was in charge of Bury the last time Town had lost in front of their home fans 21 months earlier.   
Town's mostly bright displays in their opening six league games - Scunthorpe, perhaps, the one exception - certainly merited more reward than five points so they took out some of their frustration on Coventry City in the first league meeting between the clubs for 49 years.
The Sky Blues were struggling at the time but Town showed no mercy by hammering them 4-1 with Graham Turner's decision to make a number of changes vindicated.
Richards scored twice, diverting in an early Parry free kick and converting a penalty, while defender Darren Jones headed his only goal of the season and Marvin Morgan powered through to smash in a well taken fourth.
Morgan, with the taste for scoring, repeated the trick at Hartlepool United the following weekend, but Town were frustrated on the long journey home from the north east at having to settle for a point from a 2-2 draw.
Morgan fired in an equaliser after Pools took an early lead and the big striker then raced through to round the keeper for his and Town's second of the afternoon.
Morgan and Mark Wright both had chances to make the game safe but Hartlepool hung in there and struck a late, late equaliser.
The month ended with Town in 16th place after losing 1-0 at home to Swindon as James Collins made his first return since joining the Wiltshire club in the summer.
Simon Ferry broke the deadlock well into the second half for Paolo Di Canio's side as Town handed debuts to Sam Winnall, a young striker signed on loan from Wolves, and Barnsley defender Lee Collins.

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