ShrewsTRUST Blog – Following Town in about 500 words (Part 1 – Xmas Special – Bury (A)


Christmas is always a special time for Football Fans. Normally a number of games are played in pretty close succession, and with visiting family/ friends from far and wide, a community trip down the ‘Meddah’ is something I look forward to.
The Christmas fixtures started with Town away at Bury on the last Friday before Jesus Birthday. It quite frankly, seemed mad that this fixture had been arranged for what was foretold to be the busiest travel weekend of the year. I was dreading driving up from my workplace in Droitwich.
I needn’t have worried. The journey up was trouble free, and I even stuck to the M6 to arrive at Bury with an hour before kick-off. Meaning a shandy could be had in the Social Club.
Gigg Lane brings back many memories for Town fans as it was the place where a last minute Kevin McIntyre goal kept Shrewsbury in the Play-Offs (Town eventually won on penalties! We wont tell you the result at Wembley :-) ). A good 400 odd had made the trip up, and generally seemed in party mood. Eben more so after 40 seconds.
At the opposite end to us a ball ahd ricohed up to Aaron Wildig he planted the ball home. What? Town scoring early, not conceeding. This was a first.
Town ran the show. Then with their first meaningful attack, the Shakers were level. In 15 minutes Town had gone from joy to despair.
The game was pretty even, with two struggling teams not really getting to grips with each other. The half time pies (those that were left) provided little solice to the Town faithful.
Town started the second half brighter, but nothing clear cut until Jonny Taylor raced through from the half way line. With pace to burn, he buried his shot into the ‘onion bag’. The two stewards that I’d just photographed in their Santa hats looking decided glum, jumped into action as many a Town fan run down the front of Bury’s Away Stand concourse celebrating as if they had won the lottery.
Town had a further chances and had ‘Marvellous’ buried his golden oppp, I’d be talking about Town’s first away win since Easter. But a nervy Town got deeper and deeper, and despite a couple of world class saves from Weale. The inevitable happened.
It’s fair to say this was the straw that broke the camels back amongst some Town fans. A point away is never to be sniffed at, but with a nasty habit being so common (letting in early and late goals), talk amongst Town fans turned to the dreaded ‘R’ word. Well, it did in my car, with Town fellow suffering Town fans who rumbled on during the two hour journey back to Salop.
Merry Xmas eh!


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