Under-18s coach on the win over Wrexham
Ian Dawes was delighted after Shrewsbury Town’s youth team picked up a 2-0 win over Wrexham on Saturday – and clean sheet to go with it.
Town’s Under-16s took a sixth-minute lead in the Football League Youth Alliance – North West league fixture at Shrewsbury Sports Village through striker Kaiman Anderson.
The striker then doubled his tally with an early goal in the second half, and the young Shrews also kept a shutout with some brave defending and good saves from goalkeeper Shaun Rowley.
And Dawes, head of academy coaching, was pleased with the clean sheet ahead of the Shropshire Senior Cup clash on Tuesday night which will feature Town’s youth team players.
said Dawes."It was a different game of football for the players (against Wrexham),”
“Our focus was on keeping a clean sheet because we hadn’t done it since the win at home to Accrington.
"Hopefully it will breed confidence going into the next few games.
"Against Wrexham we always knew they would thrive off of set-pieces. Their game plan would always be to try and be direct, trying to get down the sides of us and creating corners and long throws.
“We had to deal with that and to be fair to our lads they have stuck to it. It’s a difficult game in that respect defensively but they’ve stuck to it, defended really well and kept a clean sheet.”
Town created enough chances to score more than two – the best of them falling to substitute Jordan Wilson who saw his effort blocked on the goal line by a defender.
said Dawes.“I thought that, going forward, our patterns of play came off really well at times and created two of the goals and we created a few more chances as well as that,”
“We started like a house on fire again. I thought that for the first 15 minutes we were excellent and we got our goal within that.
“I’m delighted for Kaiman as well because he’s been working hard at his finishing and his movement.
“Week in week out he gets chances and he’s starting to take them. Long may it continue because he’s got a lot of confidence at the moment.
“You could see the relief on the players’ faces, it relaxed them a little bit (when Kaiman scored the second).
“We played a little bit more football after that goal went in because it settled them down a bit which was good.
“It probably couldn’t have been much better preparation for the game against Ellesmere on Tuesday because it should be a very similar game.”