The Lockmen slipped to defeat in deepest Shropshire as they failed to shine in the warm September sun.
The first action of the match on five minutes saw the only goal when The Lockmen defence failed to cut out a long ball through the middle and Josh Brown latched on to the ball and beat Tim Patterson at the second attempt after the keeper had made a fine save to block the first effort as he ran clean through on goal. The Reds went forward from the restart and won a free-kick on halfway which Adam Holliday played into the box. Home keeper Lee Davis easily held the resulting header at goal. A minute later saw a repeat after a foul on Matt Dorgan, this time Josh Parker headed clear. The home side moved forward with purpose after nine minutes but the move broke down when Dave Easthope fired at Patterson instead of crossing into the box. Eddie Willson was just off target on ten minutes with a shot before The Lockmen managed to break again after soaking up pressure on 18 minutes. Holliday initiated the move before Danny Hemmings and then Kieran Robinson were all involved before the latter put a cross into the box which was cleared at the expense of a corner kick. Willson swung the ball in but it was cleared. Rangers continued to press back their hosts with a succession of long balls forward and from one Connor Courtney was picked out on a forward run down the left. However, he fired straight at Patterson. Another Holliday free-kick from half-way midway through the half was then cleared by Davis as both sides seemed to lack ideas and both sides toiled through to the break with no threat of a goal.
The Town started brighter after the break, Sixty seconds in Robinson did well down the left flank and crossed perfectly into the feet of Dorgan, however, he was robbed of possession and the ball cleared. Two minutes later and a curling cross shot from Willson left Davis floundering but the ball was just too high and wide to find the target. Easthope then blazed high and wide from a good position, but again a cross would have better served his team-mates. From a 59th minute corner, first Robinson and then Wilson had efforts blocked before Rangers had a ‘goal’ chalked off for off-side. A minute after the hour and Hemmings won a corner after his 25 yard blockbuster took a deflection behind. Four minutes later Robinson then got a good ball into the box but Ellesmere’s keeper reacted quickest and got to the ball ahead of Dorgan. Willson saw his 67th minute free-kick cleared before Robinson’s wayward effort five minutes later. With fifteen minutes to play The Lockmen thought they should have had a penalty as Hemmings appeared to be caught from behind in the box but not for the first time the referee saw nothing. Ryan Ward came on and then Adji Gnadja for his debut as the game went into the last ten minutes and The Lockmen were unlucky on 84 minutes when Ward was played in down the left, he crossed into the box for Hemmings who played a great ball beyond the far post where Graham Ashton was rushing in. Unfortunately he blazed a foot wide. Patterson was forced into a great save a minute into stoppage-time by Luke Evans before The Town saw their final chance fall to Ward a couple of minutes later. Unfortunately the ball curled wide and the chance to take a point had gone.
Report compiled by Match Day Secretary and Press Officer Chris Burton.