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Reserves overcome Rotherham

7 March 2013

Mambo, Rodgers and Bradshaw on target for Town

Three goals inside the opening 20 minutes of the second half kept Shrewsbury Town reserves flying high in the Central League as Rotherham United were beaten 3-0 at the Greenhous Meadow.
Yado Mambo, Luke Rodgers and Tom Bradshaw were the men on target while defender Jermaine Grandison successfully came through 45 minutes on his return to action following a lay off with a hip injury.
"We had a strongish side out for a reserve team game and they brought the young lads with only a couple of pros," said Town coach Mike Jackson.
"To be fair they had a right go first half but they just couldn't keep to the tempo we were playing at.
"There were some really good performances. Woodsy was outstanding again, so was Luke Summerfield, but the big thing the last few games is the attitude of the senior pros that have come into it has been excellent.
"Purds, Luke Rodgers, Luke Summerfield, their attitude has been excellent and that's all I've asked for as it's a good example for the kids."
He added it was pleasing to see Grandison come through his comeback with no problems.
"It was good for Jermaine," he said. "The two lads up front worked around and made him chase and get back so it was a good work out for him.
"It's a good step for him and we just need to try and build him again now and get home back in the first team.
"Skitty wanted it to be half an hour in the first place, but 45 minutes was fine for him, no problem." 
Mambo broke the deadlock shortly after half time when his well struck shot from 30 yards found its way past Rotherham goalkeeper Tony Thompson.
Town did not have to wait long to double their lead when a searching pass from the impressive Summerfield found Ryan Woods in space on the right.
His cross was met by Rodgers and, although Thompson stopped his initial effort, the striker converted the rebound.
It was quickly 3-0 with a neat through ball from sub Ryan Doble coolly fired past Thompson by Bradshaw, the top scorer for the reserves this season.
Town might have ran out more convincing winners with Doble denied by the keeper when sent clear while Woods and Purdie also went close.
Joe Anyon was hardly called into action at the other end as he had little difficulty in registering a clean sheet.  
Town's next reserve game takes them to Hartlepool United on Wednesday, March 20. 
TOWN: Joe Anyon, Connor Goldson, Jermaine Grandison (Dominic Smith 45), Yado Mambo (Ryan Doble 60), Trialist, Ryan Woods, Luke Summerfield (Jack Gwilliams 60), Rob Purdie, Tom Bradshaw, Luke Rodgers. Unused subs: David Easthope, Callum Burton.

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