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Reserves edged out by Wigan

1 October 2013

Club News

Reserves edged out by Wigan

1 October 2013

Winfield on the score sheet but a win for Wigan

Shrewsbury Town's reserve team were unable to build on a lead given them by Dave Winfield as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Wigan Athletic in their latest Central League clash this afternoon.

John Marsden began his comeback from a broken bone in his foot by starting up front while experienced central defenders Winfield and Tamika Mkandawire lined up at the heart of the back four.

Graham Turner also took the chance to run the rule over trialist Dean Parrett, a former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder who has spent the last week training at the Greenhous Meadow.

Wigan fielded a young side although former Aberdeen man Frazer Fyvie featured in midfield.

Town were on top in the early stages and, having forced several corners, finally made one count in the 18th minute when Winfield's header was just adjudged to have crossed the line.

Dave McAllister then tried his luck with a low shot from 20 yards which was well saved by keeper Yusuf Mersin, diving low to his right. 

Wigan started to come more into the game as the contest developed and the rain lashed drown, with Joe Anyon needing to be alert to hold on to a well struck drive from right back Adam Buxton.

Wigan drew level on the stroke of half time as Town failed to clear a cross from the right and Danny Redmond, who made his first team debut in last week's Capital One Cup tie at Manchester City, took his time before whipping a shot past Joe Anyon.

Redmond tried his luck from distance once again five minutes into the second half but this time Anyon was able to make a comfortable save.

Wigan's slick football was quickly rewarded with a second goal, though, as Joey Johnson drove powerfully to the corner of the net to hand Latics a 52nd minute lead.

Anyon then saved well from Redmond as Wigan continued to impress going forward.
Town coach Mike Jackson responded by making a double switch with Sam Molyneux and Kaiman Anderson both sent on.

Anderson and Marsden combined well to work a shooting chance for Josh Ginelly but his effort lacked the power to trouble the keeper and then Alex McQuade was off target with a far post header from a corner as Town continued to chase an equaliser.
Molyneux thought he had levelled it up when he latched on to a long ball forward and poked it past the keeper but a covering defender was on hand to clear the danger. 
Wigan should have added to their lead in stoppage time but sub Matthew Hamilton headed a corner over the bar.

SHREWSBURY: Anyon, Smith, Winfield, Mkandawire, McQuade, Ginelly, McAllister (Fletcher 38), Parrett, Easthope (Molyneux 58), Marsden, Banvo (Anderson 58). Unused subs: Hickman, Burton.

WIGAN: Mersin, Buxton, Balogun, Wilson, Langley, Meadows, Purzycki, Fyvie, Andres, Redmond, Johnson. Subs: Anderson, Boothman, Harrison, Ainscough, Hamilton.

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