WEM TOWN 0 SHIFNAL TOWN 3
West Midlands (Regional) League, Premier Division
Saturday 12 October 2019
Two goals in the closing minutes gave the scoreline a more realistic reflection of the game as a whole. Before this, the home side were always open to a breakaway equaliser. Shifnal started the game on the front foot, and came within inches of opening the scoring in the 11thminute. Rees Wedderburn was floored just outside the penalty area, and his resultant free-kick came back off the underside of the crossbar. A minute later, Jordan Uppal and Jake Lloyd had goalbound shots blocked as the league leaders pressed. It was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken, and the opener came on the half-hour. Wedderburn’s fierce shot was parried by keeper Jake Brown, but LLOYD followed up to tap home the loose ball. Little had been seen of the hosts going forward up until then, but the goal spurred them into action. William Lygo broke on the left after 41 minutes, beat Jordan Jones, but his 20-yard shot was well saved by Jake James.
The second half started in much the same way as the first, with the visitors pushing on to extend their lead, but they were almost caught out in the 57th minute following some uncharacteristic slack defending. Substitute Dylan Hillier seized upon a mix-up, but his shot took a deflection off a defender for a corner. 2 minutes later, Tom Hill had the ball in the net at the other end, but the referee had spotted an infringement and disallowed the goal. An excellent save by Brown on 62 minutes denied Shifnal a second when Sam McCarthy played the ball in to Hill, who turned and fired for the top corner, but Brown managed to turn it round the post. The second goal came 2 minutes before the end of normal time, when Jordan Uppal found space on the right, and his cross was met with a diving header by HILL which gave Brown no chance. 2 minutes in to stoppage time, the referee stopped the game for an off-the-ball incident, showing Wem’s Chris Jeavons a red card. The resultant free-kick from 25 yards, taken by LLOYD, flew into the bottom corner, Brown not moving before picking the ball out of the back of the net.
WEM: Jake Brown, Callum Briscoe, George Parton (Dylan Hillier H-T), Dave Barnett (Rhys Mellings 64mins), Reace Nichols, Jordan Batchelor, Dan Cohen (Harry Ioannou 72mins), William Lygo, Josh Gamble, Chris Jeavons.
Subs not used: Chris Peel; Emile Burris.
Cautions: Briscoe (67mins); Brown (73mins).
Sending-off: Jeavons (90mins).
SHIFNAL: Jake James, Jordan Uppal, Jamall Pinnock, Sam McCarthy (Ben Perks 64mins), Brad Smith, Jordan Jones, Jake Lloyd, Brad Sharman, Tom Hill, Kyle Montague (Ben Novis 76mins), Rees Wedderburn (Ryan Hadley 68mins).
Subs not used: Craig Radford; Nathan Gray.
Caution: Montague (73mins)..
Referee: Ben Stott.
Assistant referees:Andrew Aston.
Shifnal Star Man: Jake Lloyd.