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Match report: Blackpool 0 Shrewsbury Town 1

24 April 2021

Match Reports

Match report: Blackpool 0 Shrewsbury Town 1

24 April 2021

Town secure all three points against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

A competitive fixture against play-off chasing Blackpool ended with Salop taking all three points back home to Shropshire.

Matthew Pennington with a second-half goal and a Salop clean sheet was the difference between the two sides as the Town secured the win.

Just after the 10-minute mark, Josh Vela's deflected shot nearly gave Town an early lead. The midfielder drove forward with the ball and let off a shot inside the box. The ball looped over the keeper and hit the woodwork before being claimed by Chris Maxwell to the relief of the Blackpool shot-stopper.

Harry Chapman's influence on the left side continued to trouble the Seasiders' backline. Town's forward looked to create opportunities for his team with every cross and every run. With 10 minutes left in the half, a driven cross came close to unlocking the door but the home side coped well to dispel any danger with a solid clearance - a repetitive action throughout the first 45.

Harry Burgoyne was forced into the first real save of the game with the half nearly concluded. Smart movement allowed Elliot Embleton a shot at goal from distance. Despite this, Town's defensive pressure limited time on the ball, and the Blackpool man was unable to generate any power on his effort.

After working relentlessly to retain possession, Matthew Pennington managed to put Salop in the lead. A Chapman corner in the 53rd minute found its way to the head of Pennington, and the defender made no mistake in heading the ball into the back of the net from close range.

In an end-to-end fixture, both teams were fighting for the next chance at goal. Curtis Main continued to be an outlet at the top end of the pitch for Salop and the home side continually challenged the heading of Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

The game came to an end with Salop securing a win away from home.

The teams:

Blackpool: Chris Maxwell, Jordan Gabriel (Ollie Turton, 70), Jordan Thorniley, Jerry Yates, Sullay Kaikai, Kenneth Dougall (Brad Holmes, 81), Grant Ward, Ellis Simms (Demetri Mitchell, 63), Dan Ballard, Luke Garbutt, Elliot Embleton (Ethan Robson, 70).

Subs not used: Stuart Moore, James Husband, Marvin Ekpiteta.

Salop: Harry Burgoyne, David Edwards, Ollie Norburn, Josh Vela, Nathanael Ogbeta, Curtis Main, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, David Davis, Matthew Pennington, Charlie Caton (Shaun Whalley, 61), Harry Chapman (Donald Love, 85).

Subs not used: Jaden Bevan, Ro-Shaun Williams, Ryan Sears, Brad Walker, Tom Bloxham.


Referee: James Bell
Assistants: Barry Gordon and Daniel Woodward
Fourth Official: Chris Isherwood


Ollie Norburn was shown a yellow card in the 30th minute for a late challenge in the middle of the park.

Curtis Main was also booked for pulling down his man in the 66th minute.


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