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MATCH REPORT: Fleetwood Town 2 Shrewsbury Town 2

18 January 2020

Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Fleetwood Town 2 Shrewsbury Town 2

18 January 2020

Shrewsbury Town earn a point on the road against Fleetwood Town.

Fleetwood: Alex Cairns, Lewie Coyle, Danny Andrew, Callum Connolly, Harry Soutar, Wes Burns, Kyle Dempsey, Ched Evans, Paul Coutts, Paddy Madden Jack Sowerby (Josh Morris, 76).

Subs: Matt Gilks, Ashley Eastham, Conor McAleny, Josh Morris, Harrison Biggins, Harvey Saunders, James Hill.

Town: Max O’Leary, Aaron Pierre, Scott Golbourne (Scott Golbourne, 45), David Edwards (Daniel Udoh, 61), Ro-Shaun Williams, Shaun Whalley, Ollie Norburn, Callum Lang (Jason Cummings, 68), Donald Love, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Josh Laurent.

Subs: Joe Murphy, Omar Beckles, Brad Walker, Sean Goss, Daniel Udoh, Jason Cummings, Sam Hart.

Referee: Chris Sarginson

Assistants: I. Smedley and K. Mulraine

Fourth official: W. Smith

The Shrews' visit to Fleetwood Town ended with Sam Ricketts and his team taking a point away from Highbury Stadium.

Town took the lead twice through Shaun Whalley and Jason Cummings but ended up taking a point after The Cod Army battled back twice to earn the draw.

First Half:

The opening 10 minutes started with both teams battling for possession and looking to make positive waves of play - but it was The Cod Army who managed the first opportunity. Ched Evans connected well on the half-volley but Max O’Leary was equal to the effort. Town’s keeper then had to parry away a second effort and clear the ball from danger.

Wes Burns came close for the home side just after the 30-minute mark. The wide-man picked up the ball just inside the box but couldn’t find the target with a powerfully hit effort.

It was Town’s turn to have a chance at goal, and Salop nearly made it count. Shaun Whalley received a pass just outside The Cod Army box and let off a stinging shot. Unfortunately for the winger, the ball hit the bar and bounced away from danger.

However, the next chance that came The Shrews way was converted. Callum Lang saw his effort parried into the path of Whalley and the Salop man pounced to poke the ball home from close range.

The half ends with Whalley’s effort being the pivotal moment in the first 45 minutes.

Second Half:

The home side started the game in the best way possible by pulling back onto level terms. Lewie Coyle found space inside the box and cut his shot across the goal well to find the back of the net on 48 minutes.

Ollie Norburn was shown a yellow card with 56 minutes on the clock. The midfielder slid in for a tackle but timed his challenge late.

The lead was nearly restored for Sam Ricketts’ team with just over an hour on the timer. Lang picked up a loose ball in the Fleetwood half but his driven cross towards Daniel Udoh was well cut out.

Town were continually pushing for another goal, as were the away side. This paved the way for an open game. With 10 minutes left on the clock, The Shrews were putting pressure on The Cod Army defence.

The Shrews managed to make that pressure count and found the back of the net on 82 minutes. Second-half substitute Jason Cummings managed to run into the opposition box and smash the ball into the corner.

Just five minutes later, the home side managed to pull level once again. Josh Morris fired a vicious effort towards goal from inside the box and found the net for his team - bringing The Cod Army level again.

The tie came to an end with Salop taking a point away from Highbury Stadium.

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