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Youth Beat Chesterfield

1 August 2015


Assistants: Kieran Gibbon & Callum Parrish
: Dave Wycherley REFEREE

SUBS: Sam Ogden (GK), Jay Smith, Derek Daley, Elliot Barnard.

: Dylan Parkin (GK); Brad Holmes (c), Tom Marshall, Tom Jarrald, Luke Randall, Jake Hudson, George Lynam, Joe Rowley (Dan Thistlewaite, 45), Jack Brownell, George Milner, Curtis Morrison. CHESTERFIELD LINE-UP

UNUSED SUBS: Cameron Gregory (GK); Nathan Millis, Ryan Barnett.

: Harry Lewis (GK) (c): Ryan Sears, Callum Roberts, George Hughes, Joel Bonner, Chris Gallagher (Jacob Rammell, 87), Joe Kenton, John McAtee, George Hassall (Charley Higgs, 45), Ethan Jones (Tom King, 71), Matthew Jones. SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP
FULL-TIME: Shrewsbury Town 3-1 Chesterfield

The result meant Town head into their league opener at Morecambe on August 8 on the back of a victory.

Milner stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick for the Spireites but Town stopper Lewis pulled off a superb save by diving to his right to beat away the penalty.

Town saw the game out but were given a scare right at the death when Sears brought down Chesterfield's Tom Marshall inside the Shrewsbury penalty area.

The Shrews were looking good for a fourth and both McAtee and Kenton saw efforts saved by Ogden around the hour mark.

Callum Roberts could then have fired in a fourth for Town but his close-range header from Gallagher's corner on the left was tipped over the crossbar by Ogden.

And substitue Higgs wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet as he met Matthew Jones' pinpoint cross from the right with a header into the far left corner from close range in the 54th minute.

Dawes made one change for Shrewsbury ahead of the restart as he brought on Charley Higgs for Hassall.

HALF-TIME: Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Chesterfield

It meant that Town, for all of their chances, went into the break just one goal in front.

Chesterfield then got back into the game four minutes before half-time as Curtis Morrison snuck in behind the Shrews' defence on the inside right and pulled the ball back for Milner to finish into the bottom left corner from close range.

Striker McAtee also got in behind the visitors' defence in search of a Town third as he latched onto Ethan Jones' through ball, but Ogden was out quickly to block first-year's attempt.

Ethan Jones then went even closer to a third with 33 minutes gone as his fierce drive running in from the left was tipped around the far post at full stretch by Ogden.

Hassall looked to get in on the act himself with a spin and shot on the edge of the Chesterfield penalty area which flew over.

The midfielder was able to cooly slide the ball beyond Spireites goalkeeper Sam Ogden, into the bottom left corner, to put the young Shrews in control.

Town were able to double their lead in the 26th minute, though, as Ethan Jones fooled the Chesterfield defence with a clever reverse ball through the centre for the run of Kenton.

Kenton also saw an effort off his head fly over as he pushed into the box from Matthew Jones' cross only three minutes later.

Shrewsbury started to spray the ball about at ease and went close to doubling their lead with only 16 minutes on the clock when Kenton fed Ethan Jones down the right before the latter's cross was looped onto the roof of the net by the head of George Hassall.

And Dawes' side took the lead in the 7th minute as Matthew Jones saw a free-kick from around 25 yards out, in a central position, take a deflection on its way into the bottom right corner.

But Town were able to deal with the danger and went from strength to strength in the first period.

It was Chesterfield who started the game stronger as they put the young Shrews under early pressure with a series of corners.


Ryan Sears, George Hughes, Ethan Jones, Matthew Jones and John McAtee all came into the starting line-up at the expense of Nathan Millis, Tom King, Jacob Rammell, Ryan Barnett and Harri Lovett.

Head of Academy coaching Ian Dawes made five changes to the side which drew 1-1 with Blackpool on Tuesday afternoon.


The visiting Spirites did halve the deficit to 2-1 before the break through George Milner, and Shrewsbury goalkeeper Harry Lewis also saved a penalty from the same man at the end, but Town put in one of their best performances of pre-season to come out on top.

Goals from Matthew Jones, Joe Kenton and substitute Charley Higgs at Sundorne Training Ground meant Town's under-18s head into their Football League Youth Alliance - North West league opener at Morecambe next Saturday on the back of a win.

Shrewsbury Town's youth team concluded their pre-season schedule with victory over Chesterfield on Saturday morning.

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