Marcus Braddock's weekly take on all things Shrewsbury Town
It's Monday again and time to have a look back at what was a quietish week for Shrewsbury Town.
Looking back at the weekend game against Blackpool, I found it quite a frustrating afternoon with overly long stoppages. We started really well, holding Blackpool in their own half for the first twenty minutes or so. We looked alive to the opportunities, turning over possession in the opponents half and using it immediately. Blackpool came into the game a little more and I was a little worried that it could be one of those games where you get punished for not taking earlier opportunities. In the end though, Jon Nolan took the initiative and made a good goal for himself, his fifth of the season.
There wasn't a moment during the game that I felt we were genuinely in danger of conceding and without top scorer Kyle Vassell their attacking force was blunted. It was good to see us keep our first clean sheet in League One since the Fleetwood game in mid October and if you include our recent cup games, we've won three out of our last four.
A big part of those results has been Shaun Whalley who has seven goals and nine assists to his name with more than half of the season remaining.
This coming weekend brings us what I think will be one of our most difficult games of the season against Portsmouth. Ex-Disney chief Michael Eisner has fallen for Pompey in a big way, which is excellent news for their fans as according to Forbes magazine he has a net worth of over one billion dollars! They're on an excellent run currently but more of that in Friday's match preview.
Shrewsbury Town Ladies had their game against Wyrley postponed and wont be in action until the New Year.
Shrewsbury Town's Youth Team travelled to Wigan on Saturday but lost 1-0 in a game that included two disallowed goals for Town. Despite the defeat it was a close encounter that could easily have gone our way. They have no game this coming weekend and won't be back in action until the new year.
There is plenty going on at Shrewsbury Town this Christmas, from charity events to West Ham ticket sales so keep checking ShrewsWeb for the latest information.
Finally, I was having a listen to one of my favourite radio programmes over the weekend, Fighting Talk, which has returned to form with returning Host Colin Murray. Obviously news of our rise this season has travelled as regular transatlantic guest waxed lyrical about our wonderful team. It's nice for us to get a mention nationally so I thought I'd reciprocate, the show is available on BBC Radio IPlayer.