Three first half goals give staff the edge
Shrewsbury Town's staff team beat the club's supporters side 3-1 in the annual end of season challenge match at the Greenhous Meadow on Bank Holiday Monday.
Andy Jones, conditioning coach for the Centre of Excellence, showed the form which has made him a key man for Newtown in the Welsh Premier League by heading in two first-half goals, the first of them from a pinpoint cross from safety officer Alan Roberts.
Jones also turned provider when his cross was steered home by assistant physio Scott Gormley as the staff opened up a 3-0 interval lead.
The supporters team quickly clawed a goal back after the break with a well taken strike from young striker Charlie Warren.
The staff side were then awarded a penalty following a foul on commercial development manager Richard Hill.
But Jones, chasing hat-trick glory, blazed his spot kick wide.
"It was a good team performance against tricky opposition," said delighted staff team manager Sean Evans. "We couldn't have asked for any more in the first half, but credit to the supporters side as they never gave up and pulled a good goal back.
"I thought our class showed at times and we could have scored more. But the team talk at half time was not to add to our goal tally and humiliate them, and it was good to see Andy Jones listened by missing his penalty!
"Seriously, it was a good game and it was nice to win after what happened in last year's fixture when we suffered a rare defeat."