Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil & Colchester

After a decent performance against Portsmouth, I was hoping to see Shrewsbury Town do well against Yeovil on Tuesday. Yeovil hadn't won away since September, so I thought there was a chance of a much needed 3 points. It only took 9 minutes for Yeovil to shatter my optimism as the Glovers took an early lead.  It was a difficult match to watch and goals for Yeovil on 60 and 70 minutes were not unexpected. On 81 minutes, Town got a bit of a soft penalty won by Tom Bradshaw and Scored by Matt Richards, but it was too little too late. Graham Turner was far from impressed with his teams display and labelled it the most inept performance he had seen in his second spell as manager.

In the time between Yeovil and Saturdays game against Colchester, Turner moved to shore up his misfiring forward line by loaning Manchester City's French winger Jeremy Helan and Swansea striker Jamie Proctor, with Sam Winnall returning to Wolves.

I like to keep positive as a Town fan but having looked at Colchester's away record of 2 wins in their last 3 league games, I must admit to a little trepidation. After just 3 minutes Colchester took an early lead, the 6th time Shrewsbury have conceded in the first 10 minutes this season. The rest of the first half passed without further goals in a relatively even 45 minutes. After 62 minutes the U's doubled their lead with a goal from substitute Sanchez Watt after the Arsenal loan striker took advantage of a Joe Jacobson submitting possession on the halfway line.

I handle the admin for the official chat service for S.T.F.C. called “Cover it Live” and with 15 or so minutes to go, I was just typing a message to say that I couldn't see us getting anything from this game. But I deleted it because Graham Turner decided to substitute Matt Richards for Asa Hall. It was just as well that I did that because Hall's impact on the team was immediate.

After just 1 minute on the pitch Town won a corner which was delivered perfectly by Jon Taylor for Hall to head it into the net. The teams confidence following the goal visibly grew and Town started to push on from there. Just 3 minutes after his first goal, Hall scored a second, another header from a Jon Taylor corner. The final 10 minutes were all Shrewsbury's as we sought a winner which would have come had the referee not missed a blatant shirt pull in the Colchester box. I think 2-2 was a fair result and I went home feeling positive which seems a bit crazy after just 1 point from 2 home games!

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Marcus Braddock


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