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MATCH REPORT | SHREWSBURY TOWN 2-1 BURTON ALBION

15 August 2023

Match Reports

MATCH REPORT | SHREWSBURY TOWN 2-1 BURTON ALBION

15 August 2023

GOALS at either end of the first half condemned Albion to a frustrating 2-1 defeat against Shrewsbury Town.

Tom Bayliss pounced as early as the third minute as The Brewers failed to clear Dan Udoh’s cross and Chey Dunkley added a second in first half stoppage time with a towering header before Mason Bennett opened his account for the season deep in second half added time as a disappointing start to the season continued at Croud Meadow.

Looking for something to kick start Albion’s season Dino Maamria made two changes from the side that were beaten by Derby County on Saturday. Jake Caprice and Rekeem Harper both dropped to the bench meaning first starts of the season for summer signings Bennett and Kegs Chauke.

After what appeared to be a positive start Albion fell victim to a sucker punch in just the third minute. Taylor Perry and Udoh linked up well down the left and when the low cross came in BAYLISS was able to control and fire in.

Jamal Blackman picked up an early and cheap yellow card when Ryan Bowman broke through from deep and was looking to get into the Burton box when the Albion keeper brought him down outside the box.

In a breathless opening Albion almost equalised on five minutes. Bennett managing to set Gordon away through the middle but under pressure from his marker the summer signing could only fire his shot against the body of keeper Marko Marosi.

Mark Helm ripped a first time shot wide as Albion penned the home side in and looked for an equaliser.

Blackman’s night was over midway through the half after a sharp turn inside his area clearly aggravated something and the stopper was unable to continue meaning a debut for Max Crocombe from the bench.

The remainder of the first half was an even affair with both sides struggling to assert any real authority on the game and it became something of a midfield battle.

Albion did get an attempt on target as the half went into added on time with Helm firing straight at Marosi after some approach play from Gordon and Oshilaja.

Shrewsbury quickly responded, Taylor Perry wriggling free inside the box before being denied by a combination of Crocombe and Ryan Sweeney, but Burton’s relief was short lived when skipper DUNKLEY powered in a header from the resulting corner.

HALF TIME: SHREWSBURY TOWN 2-0 BURTON ALBION

Albion needed a swift response after the break, and it almost came early on when Sam Hughes hooked the ball into the box and Seddon put it back into the middle where Sweeney was lurking to try and sweep it home. Amidst something of a scramble Shrews keeper Marosi smothered the ball but also ended up requiring treatment.

When play restarted Albion went close again with Seddon seeing a header clip the top of the bar when Albion kept the ball alive from a Powell corner.

Gordon was struggling on the hour mark and had to be replaced with the pace of Bobby Kamwa deployed in attack in his place.

Brayford denied Ryan Bowman the chance to add a third for the Shrews midway through the half as the striker latched onto Dan Udoh’s cross from the right-hand side.

Crocombe saved smartly from Bowman as the game entered the final ten minutes of normal time.

Caprice and Mustapha Carayol came on for the final five minutes as Helm and Sweeney made way.

And it was Caprice who had a hand in Albion getting a late goal, swinging in a deep cross that was headed back across goal by Kamwa for BENNETT to help the ball over the line from close range.

It proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Albion left it too late to get anything from the game with a tricky trip to Wycombe lying ahead at the weekend.

ALBION: Blackman (Crocombe, 23); Brayford, Hughes, Sweeney, (Carayol, 86), Seddon; Powell, Oshilaja, Chauke; Helm (Caprice, 86), Gordon (Kamwa, 61), Bennett.

Substitutes: Harper, Gilligan, Hamer.

GOALS: - SHREWSBURY – Bayliss (3), Dunkley (45+4) ; ALBION – Bennett (90+7)

Referee: Scott Oldham

Attendance: 5,477


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