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MATCH REPORT: Shrewsbury Town 1 Scunthorpe United 1

6 April 2019

Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Shrewsbury Town 1 Scunthorpe United 1

6 April 2019

Town battle it out with Scunthorpe United as they secured a point with a late own goal from Adam Hammill.

Town: Jonathan Mitchell, Ro-Shaun Williams, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Greg Docherty, Fejiri Okenabirhie, James Bolton (Aaron Amadi-Holloway, 65), Luke Waterfall, Scott Golbourne, Ollie Norburn, Anthony Grant (Tyrese Campbell, 76).

Subs: Reice Charles-Cook, Dave Edwards, Mat Sadler, Tyrese Campbell, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Josh Laurent, Stefan Payne.

United: Jack Alnwick, Tony McMahon (Harris McGahey, 44), Byron Webster, Funso Ojo, James Perch, Tom Pearce (Clayton Lewis, 72), Lee Novak, Rory McArdle, Kyle Wootton, Jordan Hallam (George Thomas, 79), Adam Hammill.

Subs: Jon Flatt, Kevin Van Veen, Clayton Lewis, George Thomas, Cameron Burgess, Olufela Olomola, Harris McGhaey.

Referee: Paul Marsden

Assistants: Matthew Jones and Steve Rushton

Fourth official: Richard Bartlett

Attendance:  6419 (232)

Town battled it out with Scunthorpe United to earn a point after an end-to-end game.

The Shrews managed to net a late equaliser due to an own goal but were unable to go one better and secure the win.

Team News: Sam Ricketts made no changes to his winning side that beat Southend United in the previous fixture.

First Half:

Town started the half in good form, just as they had finished the last game against Southend United. It took only five minutes for the elusive Greg Docherty to drive into the box and let off a shot. Unfortunately for the Shrews midfielder, Jack Alnwick was equal to the effort and made a good save.

Scunthorpe had their own early chance just two minutes later. Tony McMahon floated in a ball from a free-kick and the ball bobbled around in the box until Jonathan Mitchell dived well to claim the ball.

It was the visitors who managed to register a goal first. In the 23rd minute Kyle Wootton managed to latch onto a good cross and headed home past Mitchell – giving the Iron the lead.

Town were constantly pushing to get back into the game and were continually trying to progress into the opposition half. The Shrews came inches away from registering a leveller through Luke Waterall but the defender narrowly missed Shaun Whalley’s driven cross.

Town once agonisingly close to levelling right on the stroke of half-time. Omar Beckles rose above the rest to guide a powerful header towards goal but James Perch managed to jump well and clear the ball – avoiding a certain goal.

The half came to an end with Town unable to find a leveller. Some good play from Sam Ricketts’ team would have given encouragement going into the second period.

Second Half:

The first 10 minutes proved frustrating for both teams. The visitors were battling with Town in the middle of the park and were trying to retain possession, as Town were looking to break on the counter-attack at any given chance.

In the 56th minute Perch was given a yellow card for a poor challenge on Anthony Grant.

Town were pilling on the pressure and making the second-half uncomfortable for Scunthorpe. Scott Golbourne and Whalley were continually pumping balls into the opposition’s box.

Second-half substitution Aaron Amadi-Holloway was the next Town player to come close for his team. He latched onto Whalley’s cross but his powerful header was deflected over the bar.

Tyrese Campbell was introduced into the team in the latter stages of the half and looked to be making an impact. The forward was proving to be a handful for the Iron defence but Town struggled to find that cutting edge pass.

Town managed to pull a goal back and return to level pegging in the 85th minute. Whalley whipped in a powerful cross, which deflected of an Iron defender and looped into the net.

The game came to an end with both teams taking a point. Town pushed and pushed to find a winner but were unable to break down the Iron back line.

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