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MATCH REPORT: Shrewsbury Town 0 AFC Wimbledon 0

2 March 2019

Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Shrewsbury Town 0 AFC Wimbledon 0

2 March 2019

Shrewsbury Town earn a point against AFC Wimbledo

Town: Steve Arnold (Jonathan Mitchell, 83), Ro-Shaun Williams, David Edwards (Greg Docherty, 67), Shaun Whalley, Tyrese Campbell (Fejiri Okenabirhie, 67), James Bolton, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Luke Waterfall, Scott Golbourne, Josh Laurent, Ollie Norburn.

Subs: Jonathan Mitchell, Mat Sader, Omar Beckles, Greg Docherty, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Ryan Sears, Stefan Payne.

Wimbledon: Aaron Ramsdale, Will Nightingale, Trerell Thomas, Scott Wagstaff (James Hanson, 71), Anthony Hartigan, Steve Seddon, Toby Sibbick, Paul Kalambayi, Joe Piggot, Anthony Wordsworth, Michael Folivi (Mitch Pinnock, 82).

Subs: Joe McDonnell, Tennai Watson, Mitch Pinnock, Andy Barcham, James Hanson, Shane McLoughlin.

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistants: Gary Hilton and Richard Woodward

Fourth official: Anthony Moore

Attendance: 6166 (440)

Shrewsbury Town extended the undefeated run of games with a 0-0 draw against AFC Wimbledon.

Both teams had chances to take the lead during the game but both defences remained resolute and kept clean sheets.

Team News: Sam Ricketts made four changes to his starting line up to face the Dons. In came Scott Golbourne, Ollie Norburn, Dave Edwards and Aaron Amadi-Holloway. Anthony Grant was unavailable due to suspension, Fejiri Okenabirhie and Greg Docherty started on the bench and Ryan Haynes wasn’t involved in the match day 18.

First Half:

AFC Wimbledon came to the Montgomery Waters Meadow with a determination to take the game to Town, and they did just that. The visitors had a good first 10 minute and were pressuring Town’s box.

Despite an energetic start from the away side, Town had the best chance during the opening moments. Ollie Norburn lofted a great through ball towards Tyrese Campbell, but the strikers driven cross flashed across the six-yard box without a Town player able to make a connection.

David Edwards and Campbell were combining well in the Dons half and nearly cut out an opening goal for Town in the 20th minute. Edwards struck a lovely cross towards the Shrews frontman but the striker’s header was well saved by Aaron Ramsdale.

Campbell was ever present for Town at the top end of the pitch and was proving to be a handful for the Dons defence. The forward chased down lost causes and turned half chances into shots at goal.

Josh Laurent was the next Town man to have a clear opportunity to grab a goal. Shaun Whalley did well on the right side to beat his man and put in a cross. The ball swung towards Laurent but the midfielder was unable to find the target with his headed effort.

The half came to an end with the scores remaining level. Both sides had chances but Town would have been confident their team could take the lead in the second-half.

Second Half:

Campbell started the second-half just as he had finished the first - putting pressure on the Dons keeper. The striker received the ball towards the left side of the box but still managed to make the keeper work.

Laurent was another player looking to apply pressure on the Dons back four. The midfielder continued to get in the faces of the opposition and looked to be positive with the ball going forward.

Steve Arnold was called into action just before the 75th minute as Michael Folivi went through on goal. Arnold bravely rushed out towards the ball and managed to get his body on the line to block a Wimbledon goal.

This half was largely a contrast to the first as neither team really had clear goal scoring opportunities. The battle between the two sides was fought out in the middle of the park for the most part.

Town were pushing and pushing during the last moments of the game and nearly took a late lead through Luke Waterfall. The defender got on the end of a cross but the keeper denied Town a late goal.

The game came to an end with the scores remaining level and both team taking a point.

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