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Under-18s Beat Morecambe

25 January 2015

Four Wilson Goals Inspire Youth To Victory

  • Under-18s pick up first league win of 2015
  • Wilson inspires victory with four goals
  • Anderson and Millis grab the other two
FOUR goals from Jordan Wilson helped Shrewsbury Town sweep aside Morecambe in the Football League Youth Alliance - North West league fixture on Saturday.

HERE: See the latest league tables and information YOUTH ALLIANCE

HERE: See a gallery of photographs from the game PICTURES

: Mr S Geldart REFEREE

GOALS: Preston (10), Bondswell.

SUBS: Will Kitchen (GK), Matt Livingstone, Ross Hilton, John Fortune, Morgan Homson-Smith.

: Max Povey (GK); Lewis Masters, Jim Smith, Dan Towers, Adam Reynolds (C), Tom Cowley, Nathan Bondswell, James Roberts, Jack Preston, Lewis Tomlinson, Jake Townsend. MORECAMBE LINE-UP

GOALS: Anderson (5), Millis (7), Wilson (17, 37, 53, 60).

SUBS: Harry Lewis (GK), Joel Carta, Joe Kenton, Tom King, George Hassall.

: Shaun Rowley (GK); Ryan Hickman (C), Nathan Millis, Ben Burton (Joe Kenton), Jack Butts, Callum Grogan, Niall Flint, Alex Fletcher, Kaiman Anderson (George Hassall), Ethan Jones, Jordan Wilson. SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP

FULL-TIME: Morecambe 2-6 Shrewsbury Town

Morecambe managed to pull a goal back through Bondswell late on, but by that stage Dawes' side had already secured the three points.

Three then became four for Wilson on the hour mark as fired the ball into the top right corner from the edge of the penalty area to move Town 6-1 ahead.

Wilson then completed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute by turning in substitute George Hassal's cross from the right at the near post.

After the interval, Town continued to search for more goals and Jones hit a low strike which whistled past the right in the early stages.

HALF-TIME: Morecambe 1-4 Shrewsbury Town

The only major blow for Dawes' side before the break was seeing Anderson forced off through injury approaching added time, George Hassall was his replacement.

Town also thought they had a fifth with 41 minutes on the clock following a quick free-kick routine involving Niall Flint and Wilson before striker Ethan Jones converted, but the goal was ruled out for offside against Wilson.

Wilson then scored his second of the game eight minutes before half-time by tapping Millis' low cross from the left into an empty net at the far post.

Morecambe hit back with ten minutes on the clock as Preston halved the deficit, but Town restored their two-goal lead in the 17th minute when Wilson picked up the ball inside the six-yard box and poked it home.

However, the young Shrews did double their lead in the seventh minute when defender Nathan Millis, who had pushed forward, was picked out in space on the left side of the penalty area before he lofted the ball in off the crossbar at the top right corner.

The striker was unfortunate not to have a second less than two minutes later as he rattled the crossbar at the top right corner from the edge of the penalty box, with goalkeeper Max Povey motionless.

On a bobbly pitch at UCLan Sports Arena in Preston, Town made the perfect start as Anderson opened the scoring in the fifth minute by nicking the ball from Morecambe defender Dan Towers before firing low and in off the post at the far corner.


Jack Butts, Callum Grogan and Nathan Millis all returned to the starting line-up.

Head of academy coaching Dawes made three changes to the team which played in the under-18s' last league fixture, a 2-0 defeat at home to Bury, as Tom King and under-16s defenders Callum Roberts and Ryan Sears dropped out.


But Ian Dawes' side comfortably picked up their first win of 2015.

The Shrimps, who won 3-2 in the reverse fixture at Shrewsbury Sports Village in October, did register two goals of their own through Jack Preston and Nathan Bondswell.

The striker scored twice in either half, adding to efforts from Kaiman Anderson and Nathan Millis, as Town's Under-18s ran riot at UCLan Sports Arena. Keep up-to-date with the latest news from the Youth Team by Following us on Twitter (@shrewsyouthteam) and by Liking our Facebook page (

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