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MATCH REPORT: Shrewsbury Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 1

16 March 2019

Shrewsbury Town score two late goals to earn three points.

Town: Steve Arnold, Ro-Shaun Williams, David Edwards (Greg Docherty, 80), Shaun Whalley, Tyrese Campbell (Fejiri Okenabirhie, 71), James Bolton, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Luke Waterfall (Omar Beckles, 59), Scott Golbourne, Josh Laurent, Ollie Norburn.

Subs: Reice Charles-Cook, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Greg Docherty, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Anthony Grant, Stefan Payne.

Wycombe: Yves Ma-Kalambay, Joe Jacobson, Dominic Gape, Anthony Stewart, Adam El-Abd, Marcus Bean, Paris Cowan-Hall (Michael Harriman, 90), Luke Bolton (Nick Freeman, 65), Curtis Thompson, Alex Samuel, Jason McCarthy.

Subs: Ryan Allsop, Sido Jombati, Matt Bloomfield, Charlie Owens, Michael Harriman, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Nick Freeman.

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Assistants: Chris Isherwood and Joe Simpson

Fourth official: Nik Barnard

Attendance: 6001 (360)

Late goals from Omar Beckles and Ollie Norburn helped secure Town all three points against Wycombe Wanderers.

Despite going a goal down, Town managed to pull level late on and went on to secure the win with a penalty.

Team News: Sam Ricketts made three changes to his starting line-up to face Wycombe Wanderers.  Omar Beckles, Anthony Grant and Stefan Payne made way for Aaron Amadi-Holloway, David Edwards and James Bolton.

 

First Half:

The Shrews started the game positively and were moving the ball well in the opposing half. Shaun Whalley was constantly giving his opposite man a challenge down the right-hand side.

Paris Cowan-Hall had a chance to put the visitors in the lead in the 26th minute. The forward got on the end of a driven cross at the far post, but the angle was too tight and Steve Arnold shut the door and calmly collected the ball.

The first thirty minutes had limited goalmouth action as the wind was causing problems for both sides. Town and the visitors couldn’t get a hold of the ball for long enough to mount a serious attack.

The wind came into play just two minutes after Wycombe’s first chance. A lofted ball looped towards the six-yard box, which saw Alex Samuel make a good connection with the ball. Arnold reacted instantly and was able to tip the ball over the bar.

Referee Trevor Kettle gave Scott Golbourne a yellow card in the 49th minute. The defender looked to have got the ball with his tackle but the referee decided otherwise.

Arnold had to make another important save during injury time. Wycombe number five Anthony Stewart rose well to head a powerful shot towards goal but Arnold was equal to the shot and parried the ball away.

The half came to an end with the two teams remaining level on the score sheet. Both teams had a small number of chances and positive spells during the half, whilst battling the wind, but neither side could snatch a goal.

Second Half:

The second-half began in the same fashion as the first had ended – with both teams battling for the ball and looking to create openings. Neither team were finding opportunities easily but kept on pushing for a chance.

Wycombe were given a good chance in the 67th minute due to a foul on the edge of the box, as Omar Beckles fouled Alex Samuel. Jason McCarthy struck the ball and managed to find the top corner of the goal – giving his side the lead.

Town went close with their own chance in the 71st minute. Whalley managed to whip in a great cross towards Tyrese Campbell, but the striker slightly miss-timed his header and the keeper was easily able to deal with the effort.

Just a minute later Josh Laurent had his own half-chance whilst under pressure from Adam El-Abd. The midfielder got on the end of a driven cross but couldn’t keep his show below the bar.

Ollie Norburn was booked in the 76th minute for a late challenge in the middle of the park.

Joe Jacobson was also put into the referee’s book for fouling Whalley on the right wing.

Omar Beckles managed to pull Town back on level terms in the latter stages of the half. Greg Docherty floated in a ball and Beckles jumped well to head the ball in the opposite corner to level the score line.

Town were awarded a penalty during injury time as Whalley was fouled just inside the box. Norburn stepped up to take the penalty and sent the keeper the wrong way to put Town in the lead.


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