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Match Report | Cheltenham 2-0 Shrewsbury

26 December 2023

Club News

Match Report | Cheltenham 2-0 Shrewsbury

26 December 2023

Shrewsbury Town fell to a 2-0 loss at Cheltenham.

A brace from George Lloyd sealed the points for the Robins at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium.

Team news:

With Town's squad still severely hampered by injuries, boss Matt Taylor named the same starting XI that took on Peterborough on Saturday.

It meant Aaron Pierre shock off a minor niggle to keep his place in the back three where he lined up alongside Chey Dunkley and Joe Anderson.

In a 3-5-2 formation, Elliott Bennett was at right wing-back with Jordan Shipley on the left.

Nohan Kenneh, Carl Winchester and Taylor Perry made up the midfield with Dan Udoh partnering Ryan Bowman up front.

Cheltenham, under the guidance of Darrell Clarke, also lined up in a 3-5-2 system with former Town loanee Rob Street partnering George Lloyd in attack.

Report:

The opening half-hour in Gloucestershire passed with both teams only managing to create half-chances.

For Town, Dan Udoh did well to spin his man in the box before seeing a low cross well cut out by a defender. Carl Winchester also saw an effort from distance well blocked. 

For Cheltenham, meanwhile, Liam Sercombe tried his luck from 25 yards only to see his effort claimed by Marko Marosi.

In the 34th minute, though, the hosts opened the scoring after winning a free-kick wide on the right - with Sercombe's delivery brilliantly headed in by Lloyd.

Town had a chance to get back on terms shortly before the break when Bennett whipped in a cross that Luke Southwood could only punch as far Udoh. 

He then hit a powerful shot towards goal that was blocked by a defender.

The game continued to be an even - and somewhat scrappy - affair early in the second half.

But Cheltenham had a chance to double their advantage shortly past the hour mark when a low cross fell for Street.

He then took a touch to create himself some space before seeing a shot brilliantly blocked on the line by Shipley.

Boss Taylor made a double change with 20 minutes to go - with Mal Benning and Tunmise Sobowale replacing Bennett and Anderson.

It meant a change to a back four - with Salop then going on to have a spell of pressure that ended with Udoh seeing a shot inside the box blocked.

Cheltenham came close to doubling their lead shortly after when Ben Williams produced a brilliant free kick from 25 yards that hit the bar.

In the 85th minute, though, they did get a second when a corner was headed in by Lloyd for his second of the game.

Teams:

Cheltenham (3-5-2): Southwood, Long, Bradbury, Freestone, Sercombe (Pett 46), Street, Thompson, Ferry (Williams 46), Lloyd (Keena 89), Smith, Bonds.

Subs not used: Hammond, Pardington, Horton, Butler-Oyedeji.

Shrewsbury (3-5-2): Marosi, Anderson (Benning 72), Pierre, Dunkley, Shipley, Bennett (Sobowale 72), Kenneh, Winchester, Perry (Mata 54), Udoh (Whitney 87), Bowman (Feeney 87).

Subs not used: Burgoyne, Loughran.

Attendance:

Referee: Paul Howard.

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