Shrewsbury Town return to Montgomery Waters Meadow on Wednesday night as the host Accrington Stanley in their final game of 2021.
Salop fans were treated to a Boxing Day special on Sunday as goals from Ryan Bowman, Josh Vela, and Dan Udoh ensured Shrewsbury ran out 3-0 winners away to Fleetwood Town. The result added another clean sheet to Shrewsbury’s tally and secured their first away win of the season as well.
Just like Shrewsbury (3-1 vs Cheltenham Town and 3-0 vs Fleetwood Town), Accrington have won their previous two Sky Bet League One games with two 1-0 wins at home to both Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham United. Accrington are currently sitting 10th in the league table and are having a solid season as we reach the halfway stage. At this stage of the campaign, the club are on the right track to secure the highest league finish in their history, with their current highest league finish being 11th in League One last season.
The club are in safe hands with John Coleman in charge. Coleman is in his second spell with the club, having returned in 2014 following a 12-and-a-half-year spell that ended in 2012. This first spell began in 1999 saw the club win three promotions - as champions - and enter the Football League in 2006.
Name: Accrington Stanley
Founded: 1968, 53 years ago
Chairman: Andy Holt
Highest League Position: 11th, Sky Bet League One, 2020/21
One to Watch: Colby Bishop
He impressed in the National League North with Leamington Spa between 2017 and 2019, scoring 28 goals in 49 appearances, before leaving the semi-professional game behind to sign for Accrington for an undisclosed fee in July 2019.
He has been a key player for Accrington this season and is the club's top goalscorer with seven goals and three assists in 23 appearances. Salop’s defence has been much improved over recent weeks, but Bishop will be hot on their heels on Wednesday night as he looks to add to his already impressive goal tally.
Referee: Neil Hair
Assistant Referees: Thomas Harty and Ravel Cheosiaua
Fourth Official: Abbas Khan