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Match Report: Shrewsbury Town 3-2 Walsall

14 November 2023

Match Reports

Match Report: Shrewsbury Town 3-2 Walsall

14 November 2023

The Saddlers ended their Bristol Street Motors Trophy campaign with a 3-2 defeat against League One side Shrewsbury Town.

Despite going a goal ahead after just five minutes, it was the home side, who are managed by former Head Coach Matt Taylor, who picked up all three points courtesy of goals from Dan Udoh, Mal Benning and Ryan Bowman.

It took a returning Danny Johnson just five minutes to get himself on the scoresheet as he latched onto a loose ball and chipped it over Town goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne to put the Saddlers ahead early on. 

Mat Sadler’s side nearly doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Tom Knowles saw his deflected effort whistle inches wide of the near post with the resulting corner coming to nothing. 

Just before the half hour mark and Johnson went close to adding his second of the evening. After a smart interception on half way by Knowles, Johnson went clean through on goal but his effort back across goal flashed wide of the far post. 

Then, just after the half hour point in the game, the home side got themselves on level terms when Bowman set the ball back for Udoh who powered the ball home from 20-yards out past Jackson Smith.

Two minutes later and the home side found themselves ahead in the game. Former Saddler Benning stood over a free-kick 25-yards out on the right and his curling effort found the top corner. 

Just four minutes after the restart and the home side had their third of the evening when Jude Collins delivered a fine first time cross into the path of Bowman who headed home past Smith.

Moments after getting their third, the home side were nearly pegged back as substitute Harvey Griffiths slipped in Johnson but the striker once again dragged his effort inches wide of the far post.

On the hour mark, the Saddlers were awarded a penalty when Joe Foulkes went down under a wayward challenge but unfortunately Burgoyne came out on top as he comfortably saved the spot kick from Johnson.

With just over 15 minutes left to play, the Saddlers got themselves back in the game as a low-driven cross from Knowles was steered home by Hutchinson from close range. 

Despite a late onslaught from the Saddlers where Hutchinson went close once again, it was the home side who walked away with the three points on the evening.

 

Attendance: 1409 (254 away)

 

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