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Match report: Gillingham 0 Shrewsbury Town 0

10 April 2021

Town earn a point on the road against Gillingham.

Shrewsbury Town's trip to face off with Gillingham ended all square as Salop took a hard-fought point back to Shropshire.

Despite both teams looking dangerous in the opposition box, neither were able to find the breakthrough in the final third at the Mems Priestfield Stadium. Town headed back home two games unbeaten.

In an open-ended start to the game, both sides looked dangerous on the break and both outfits continually threatened in the final third. Jordan Graham was the bright spark for the home team with the ball at his feet but his early antics couldn't break Salop down.

It was Town who came closest to taking the lead after sustained pressure in the Gills half. Smart movement from Shaun Whalley and Nathanael Ogbeta opened up an opportunity for Donald Love to rush into the box. However, the wing-back saw his driven first-time effort narrowly deflect past the post.

The 55th minute saw a rare foray forward into the box from Josh Vela, and the midfielder's work nearly saw Town take the lead. The Salop number 10 latched onto a ball just inside the box but his driven shot towards the bottom corner of the net was well saved by shot-stopper Jack Bonham - keeping things all square with nearly an hour elapsed.

Late substitution Curtis Main had a chance to give Town the lead with three minutes left of the 90. Sean Goss played in an inch-perfect cross but Town's forward couldn't find the target under pressure from the home side's defender.

Despite a series of corners in the final minutes, Town were unable to find the breakthrough and left Priestfield with a hard-earned point against Steve Evan's in-form Gills.

The teams:

Gills: Jack Bonham, Ryan Jackson, Conor Ogilvie, Stuart O'Keefe (Rob McKenzie, 45), Jack Tucker, Kyle Dempsey, Jordan Graham, John Akinde (Dominic Samuel, 45), Alex MacDonald, Vadaine Oliver, Robbie Cundy.

Subs not used: Sacha Bastien, Matty Willock, Olly Lee, Tyreke Johnson, Tom O'Connor.

Salop: Matija Sarkic, Donald Love, Matthew Pennington, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Ro-Shaun Williams, Nathanael Ogbeta, Ollie Norburn, Josh Vela, Sean Goss (David Edwards, 88), Shaun Whalley (Harry Chapman, 85) Dan Udoh (Curtis Main, 85).

Subs not Used: Harry Burgoyne, Ryan Sears, David Davis, Rekeil Pyke.

Officials:

Referee: Trevor Kettle
Assistants: Scott Williams and Damith Bandara
Fourth Official: Stephen Brown

Bookings:

Stuart O'Keefe was shown the first yellow card of the fixture for fouling Shaun Whalley in the 21t minute as Town looked to counter-attack.

Ryan Jackson was the next player booked. This time for a foul on Dan Udoh in the middle of the park.

Jack Tucker was shown the yellow card for a bad foul on Sean Goss.

Donald Love was booked in the 79th minute for a foul in the middle of the pitch.

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