Town earn a point against Accrington Stanley.
Shrewsbury Town earn a point at home against John Coleman’s Accrington Stanley.
Aaron Pierre and Shaun Whalley were the pair on hand who notched Town the goals in an evenly contested fixture,
A positive opening 10 minutes saw the Shrews having continual breaks and counter-attacks into the Stanley half. Daniel Udoh and Shaun Whalley both used their pace to cause the away side problems.
However, it was John Coleman’s side that managed to find the net early on. Joey Pritchard placed the ball down for a free-kick and managed to squeeze an effort into the bottom left corner of the Salop net.
The early action didn’t stop there as Aaron Pierre pulled Town back level 60 seconds later in the 27th minute. The defender jumped well to get on the end of Charlie Daniel’s set-piece and knocked home a powerful header.
In the second half, both teams were looking to establish possession with most of the play being conducted in the middle of the park. Whalley was the bright spark for Town as relentlessly tried to push the Shrews up the pitch.
With just over 10 mines left in the game, Whalley managed to guide a curling effort on goal but Toby Savin stretched well to parry the forward’s shot away from danger despite a strong effort.
Town were awarded a free-kick with less than five minutes to go in the game. Shaun Whalley placed the ball down and fired his effort right into the top corner to give Salop a late lead.
Stanley were given a chance to secure a point with seconds left in the game with a penalty. Cassidy stepped up for the penalty. Sarkic made the save but the rebound was tapped home.
The game came to an end with each team earning a point after an enthralling fixture.
Town: Matija Sarkic, Aaron Pierre, Ro-Shaun Williams, Sean Goss (Scott High, 66), Shaun Whalley, Ollie Norburn, Josh Vela, Matt Millar, Charlie Daniels, Brad Walker (David Edwards, 82), Daniel Udoh (Scott Golbourne, 90).
Subs: Harry Burgoyne, Scott Golbourne, David Edwards, Josh Daniels, Scott High, Marc Pugh, Jason Cummings.
Stanley: Toby Savin, Michael Nottingham, Mark Hughes, Cameron Burgess, Matt Butcher, Jonny Russell (Ben Barclay, 76), Joey Pritchard, Harvey Rodgers (Ryan Cassidy, 90), Colby Bishop, Seamus Conneely, Dion Charles.
Subs: Nathan Baxter, Ryan Cassidy, Tariq Uwakwe, Ben Barclay, Stephen Sama, Lewis Mansell, Joe Maguire.
Referee: Benjamin Speedle
Assistants: Simon Shaw and Ravel Cheosiaua
Fourth official: Trevor Kettle
Ro-Shaun Williams was booked for a pullback in Town’s half.
Walker was also shown a yellow for the same foul in the 42nd minute.
Josh Vela was the third player shown a card for a foul in the 57th minute.