Town draw 1-1 with Salford City.
Town: Steve Arnold, Josh Emmanuel, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Greg Docherty, Fejiri Okenabirhie (Lee Angol, 66), Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Lenell John-Lewis), Luke Waterfall, Josh Laurent, Ollie Norburn, Anthony Grant.
Subs: Joel Coleman, Lee Angol, James Bolton, Lenell John-Lewis, Alex Gilliead, Abo Eisa, Ryan Sears.
Salford: Chris Neal, Scott Wiseman, Ibou Touray, Carl Piergianni, Louis Maynard, Adam Rooney, Daniel Lloyd (Liam Hogan, 74), Daniel Whitehead, Dennis Politic (Thomas Walker, 62), Nathan Pond, Rory Gaffney (Devante Rodney, 82).
Subs: Maxime Crocombe, Liam Hogan, Thomas Walker, James Hooper, Devante Rodney, Brandon Lockett, Kamar Moncrieffe.
Referee: Ben Toner
Assistants: Nick Barnard and Richard Wild
Fourth official: Joe Clarke
Attendance: 4351 (421)
Shrewsbury Town will now prepare for a replay fixture with Salford City after a one all draw at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.
Ollie Norburn took the lead for Town in the 25th minute, but the visitors fought back to earn a draw on the road.
John Askey made one change to his starting line up that faced AFC Wimbledon last weekend. Josh Laurent was introduced into the starting as Alex Gilliead starts on the bench.
The opening 10 minutes turned out to be a tight affair, with both teams having good attacking moments. Both sides were feeding balls into the box, however both defences were remaining solid and doing well to push away any dangerous attacks.
Dennis Politic was awarded a yellow card early on in the tie for clipping Anthony Grant’s ankle.
Town were the team who capitalised on their chances, taking the lead in the 25th minute through Ollie Norburn. Fejiri Okenabirhie did well to find Norburn in the box and the midfielder did well to get an effort on goal. Town benefited from a deflection, which saw the ball nestle into the back of the net.
Just two minutes later Salford registered a response. A corner delivery found it’s way to Adam Rooney, who managed to get a strong headed connection on the ball and the striker’s effort found it’s way into the corner of the goal.
Okenabirhie and Josh Laurent were combining well on the left side of the pitch and were constantly asking questions of the Ammies right-back Scott Wiseman. Town’s delivery into the box was a plus point for Askey’s men and caused the visitors problems throughout.
Politic had a good a long-range effort at Town’s goal as the half drew to a close. The midfielder let off a powerful shot, but Steve Arnold got two strong hands to the ball and retained possession for his side.
The two sides went into the break level on the score sheet. Town took the lead but the visitors managed to score a headed effort just two minutes.
The first real chance of the second-half fell to Ammies number 30 Rory Gaffney five minutes in. The striker slipped into the box and let off a powerful driven shot. The forward’s effort took a slight deflection of Luke Waterfall, which pushed the ball just wide of the post.
Referee Ben Toner booked Luke Waterfall in the 64th minute for blocking off Thomas Walker.
The second-half action was a much more tightly contested match, with neither team wanting to relinquish possession. Grant was doing well to anchor in the middle of the park and spark most of Town’s advances, but no clear opportunities would open up.
No chances were falling for either team as the game drew to a close. Norburn had a long-range effort in the 88th minute, which was comfortably saved by Chris Neal. Both teams were doing a good job to limit each other to few chances.
The next chance of the game fell Lee Angol’s way. The striker latched onto a cross, but he was unable to generate enough power on the ball to trouble the Ammies keeper.
The game came to an end with the score sheet level at one all. Town took the lead but were unable to shut out the visitors.