ShrewsTRUST Blog – Following Town in about 500 words (Part 2 – Xmas Special – Notts County and Brentford (H))

As a football fan, I love Boxing Day games. My brother,wife and his niece came over. Little Chelsey stayed with Nan and Granddad, and we haeaded of to the Prince of Wales, for a pre match ale and transport to the game.
 
The Prince runs one of the Trust’s co-ordinated ‘Supporters Buses’ (these also travel to the Greenhous Meadow from the Dun Cow in Abbey Foregate, and The Beeches in Bayston Hill). A 70 seater coach was on hand to take us the short hop down to Oteley Road.
 
Nearly 7000 turned up on a coolish Boxing Day afternoon. For myself, it was not my usual haunt of the Block 14 massive, but a trip to the ‘Salop Leisure South Stand’. Decent seats behind the goal giving a good view of the action.
 
Notts looked a good team, but Town took the lead with Luke, Luke, Luke Rodgers nipping in to score when nothing looked on.
Despite then taking control, Salop somehow ended up 2-1 down at the break. A corner was swung in and seemed to ricohette off new loan defender Cameron Gayle. The West Brom youngsters looked in despair as veteran striker Lee Hughes did his usual ‘boing boing’ goal celebration. Much to the muse of 6000 plus Salopians. 
 
Just before half time, Rodgers lost the ball well inside The Pies half. The excellent Alan Judge ran the length of the pitch, bring out a class save from Weale, only for Campbell-Ryce to slide home.
 
A point or even three seemed unlikely as Town huffed and puffed. Only for a piece of magic from star of the moment Jon Taylor. He wipped in a cross from the ‘Railside’ which seemed to loop up off a defender. Polish goalkeeper Bialkowski misjudged the flight of the ball and could only help punch it into the net. Wonderful!
 
So a second point for Town. Needed three. Likcy to get away with one!
 
On Christmas Saturday, it was the turn of Brentford to visit Shropshire. The high flying Bees.
 
Looking back, the game doesn’t particularly stand out, apart from a wonder save again from Chris Weale, and a shot from Conor Goldson.
 
Three points from 9. Town were however starting to trickle away from the dreaded drop zone.
 
Adrian Plimmer

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