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After just 2 points from their last 4 games, Shrewsbury Town went into last Tuesdays Johnsons Paint Trophy game against Crewe needing a little confidence boost. From the start of the game it was clear that Alex were not in the mood to give anything away and were more likely to take something. So it wasn't a big surprise when the visitors took advantage of a rebound from a Joe Anyon save to take the lead. 10 minutes later and Town's misery was compounded when Anyon limped off with a jarred knee. The rest of the half stayed goal free, but Salop came close to an equalizer with a Kevin Summerfield long shot that was well saved.

Town started the second half brightly but unfortunately Crewe were a little bit brighter and extended their lead on 58 minutes. Graham Turner sent on Asa Hall to replace Mark Wright following the goal and the pacey midfielder immediately improved Town's pace and tenacity. Just three minutes after his introduction, Hall pulled one back with a long shot that should really have been saved by the Alex keeper. The fresh impetus of the goal revitalised Shrewsbury but Crewe defended well for the remainder of the game and progressed to the next round.

Sunday saw Shrewsbury play Walsall in front of the Sky television cameras with Graham Turner making 3 changes from the Crewe game. But it was Walsall who made all the running in the first 20 minutes, forcing some great saves from Chris Weale. After 25 minutes and against the run of play, Town took the lead when an Asa Hall shot from inside the box hit the bar and fell kindly for Paul Parry to score his 4th of the season. The visitors tried in vain to level the score in the remainder of the first half but the goal had given Shrewsbury much needed confidence, enough to keep the first half  lead. The second half had a much quicker pace as Walsall looked to level leaving space to exploit. Town looked a different side in the second half and looked like they could have extended the lead but for some decent Walsall defending. The relief from the crowd and players was tangible at the final whistle, it wont go down as one of the towns best victories but they needed the result far more than Walsall as the three points lifted them from the relegation zone.

Shrewstrust News
The latest news from the trust is that during our latest meeting we asked Rob Jones, landlord from the Darwin pub in Sutton Farm to join the trust board. Shrewstrust have been using the Darwin this season as our base and we have struck up a good working relationship as a result. Rob has been very supportive toward the trust, so it seemed a natural progression to offer him a position. We're looking forward to the new relationship and what Rob can bring to the table as a successful licensee.

Marcus Braddock


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Shrewstrust is Shrewsbury Towns only democratic supporters group, so has a unique position between supporters and the football club. Initially set up as part of a government initiative called Supporters Direct, supporters trusts are designed as a structure to help if a football club becomes bankrupt. Put simply, supporters trusts are like an insurance policy for football clubs that swings into operation if the worst should happen. Luckily, at Shrewsbury Town we have an excellent club which is well run and will be for the foreseeable future, but things can change quickly in football, so every club needs a supporters trust. For further details please go to

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