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Match Preview: Shrewsbury Town

8 October 2018

Setting the scene….

Micky Mellon returns to his former club when he takes Tranmere Rovers to Shrewsbury Town for a Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group D fixture on Tuesday evening.

Rovers head to Shropshire in high spirits having come out on top in a seven-goal thriller to win 4-3 away at Morecambe.

Harvey Gilmour’s brace, including his 94th minute winner, earned Tranmere a dramatic victory to move Mellon’s men up to seventh in League Two.

However, on Tuesday, attention turns to the Checkatrade Trophy, as Tranmere will come up against opposition from a league above.

Tranmere will be aiming for their first win of the group stage campaign at the Salop, having lost 4-3 against David Artell’s Crewe Alexandra at Prenton Park back in September.

Shrewsbury beat Accrington Stanley 1-0 in League One on Saturday, and last time out in the Checkatrade Trophy, John Askey’s Shrews beat Manchester City’s U21 side 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The Salop’s season so far

Following on from the success of last season, Paul Hurst, who guided the club to a Play-Off final, which they lost at Wembley to Rotherham United, left to take up the managerial vacancy at Ipswich Town.

John Askey, a Vanarama National League title winner with Macclesfield Town, was appointed as Hurst’s successor at the New Meadow.

An initial tricky opening to the season saw Shrewsbury beaten in their opening two league games, before going winless in the third-tier until the eighth outing of the campaign in a 2-0 home triumph over Southend United.

Askey’s side have lost once in four matches, and following Alex Gilliaed’s winner against Accrington on Saturday, Shrewsbury have 12 points from 12 games.

One to watch

Striker Lee Angol has impressed for the Salop since his summer move from Mansfield Town.

The Londoner began his career in the youth set-up of Tottenham Hotspur, before signing permanently for Wycombe Wanderers in July 2012.

Loans at Hendon, Maidenhead United and Boreham Wood.

Angol agreed a deal at Luton Town in July 2014, spending the following season on loan at Boreham Wood where he scored 25 goals.

Peterborough United was his next club in July 2015, netting 11 times for the London Road outfit in 2015/16 before spending half of last term at Lincoln City, scoring five times at Sincil Bank.

Angol spent the 2017/18 season at Mansfield Town getting on the scoresheet on nine occasions.

The 24-year-old signed for Shrewsbury in August and leads the club’s goal-scoring charts with three goals.


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If you aren’t heading down to the New Meadow to cheer on the lads, then we have you covered for match coverage in the Checkatrade Trophy game!


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Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Shrewsbury Town

9 October 2018

Rovers fell to a 6-0 defeat at the hands of League One side Shrewsbury Town in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.

Micky Mellon made ten changes from the starting team that faced Morecambe at the weekend.

Tranmere started the game the brightest of the two teams as Larnell Cole went one-on-one with Shrews stopper Steve Arnold who denied the forward smartly down to his left.

Shrewsbury then took control of the game and broke the deadlock on 11 minutes through Lenell John-Lewis. The striker swivelled on the spot and fired past Wharton from 18 yards.

Just six minutes later, Shrewsbury doubled their lead. After neat play down the left by Haynes, he cut back to Docherty who placed his shot beyond Wharton and into the top corner.

A third goal in only 11 minutes for Salop came via defender Omar Beckles. Wharton kept the ball out from a free kick at his near post however Beckles was on hand to tap into an empty net from a matter of two yards.

Rovers tightened up for the remainder of the half but still trailed 3-0 at the break.

Tranmere started the second half, similarly to the first half, on the front foot. However, a stray Gilmour pass on the edge of his own box was collected by Okenabirhie who took on Mark Ellis and slid the ball past Wharton and into the bottom left corner to make it four.

In an attempt to restore some parity, Mottley-Henry drove at the Shrewsbury back line and whistled a shot just past the left hand post.

Shrewsbury weren't to be denied a fifth as Okenabirhie grabbed his second of the game, curling a shot into the right hand corner of Wharton's goal who got fingertips to the effort on 74 minutes.

Okenhabirhie got his hat trick and Shrewsbury's sixth in added time as he volleyed into the top corner from 12 yards out to condemn Rovers to a 6-0 defeat in the Checktrade Trophy.

Tranmere Rovers: Wharton, Caprice (Jennings 75') Ellis, Sutton, Buxton (Monthe 67'), Tollitt (Gilmour 45'), Mottley-Henry, Cole, Akammadu

Unused Subs: Passant, Smith, Norwood, Mullin

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