Despite all of the problems The Lockmen made a flying start, taking the lead with their first attack. New signing Mike Sudlow escaped down the left hand side, wriggling past his markers before centring perfectly for Alex Carlin to fire home his first of the season after only ninety seconds. However, the home side did likewise, scoring from their first attack on three minutes when Matthew Elsmore was allowed to turn and he fired home from 25 yards. More good work from Mike Sudlow after six minutes saw another cross pick out Carlin on six minutes but his shot was blocked.
Two minutes later and Lyndon Weller produced a fine cross from down the right, finding Matt Dove, this time the shot was blocked by the keeper, the second effort was then stopped by a defender before a third strike from Carlin was deflected behind for an unproductive corner. United then went to the other end and some pressure resulted in Dan Beddowes firing inches too high from 25 yards. Dean Humpage then made a storming run on 12 minutes, bursting past two men before he fired just wide. Tom Rogers then blazed high over for the hosts on 14 minutes from a debatable free-kick. Shawbury won consecutive corners on 18 minutes, the first being headed behind by Adam Holliday under pressure, Rogers then saw the next one headed behind before the third was wasted. Mike Sudlow then won two corners for The Reds midway through the half Beddows then won a flag-kick for the Shropshire side with a deflected shot, the second effort was well blocked and then cleared. Shawbury then took the lead on 25 minutes with a huge slice of fortune. Holliday’s initial clearance lacked any distance but Shawbury saw two attempts at goal slice high up into the air rather than towards goal, however, the second one dropped perfectly for Liam Brant aided by Tim Patterson failing to come for the sliced shot, Brant then had plenty of time to pick his spot to give them the lead. Rogers then had a bad miss from a free-kick minutes later, aided by yet another poor decision from the referee to award the kick in the first place. Les Alderson then blazed high over before Marc Stallard headed a Roger’s corner wide on 36 minutes. The Lockmen got a rare decision for a free-kick on 39 minutes but the attempt was straight at keeper Ross Bebb.
Eddie Wilson had the first effort after the break, firing too high on 47 minutes. Rogers was just off target two minutes later from another free-kick that looked no worse than a string of challenges going unpunished in the other direction. Both sides won and wasted corners before on 58 minutes Dove forced another flag-kick from his attempt at goal. Wilson delivered a wonderful ball to the near post which was flicked on to the back post where Weller saw his first time volley fly inches wide. Paul Holden then volleyed high over on 63 minutes from another corner. United had their own corner which they wasted two minutes later before another corner on 75 minutes saw The Lockmen have three attempts well blocked by the home side at the expense of another flag-kick. Another quick break on 77 minutes saw another Lockmen corner, this time Craig Sudlow forced yet another with his shot being kicked behind. Shawbury thought they had settled the game on 79 minutes when Dove, of all people, gave possession away to home sub Jaton Vernon who fed Rogers and he netted with a crisp shot. Home captain Stuart Ellis then saw his attempt deflect behind on 85 minutes for a corner which was easily cleared. With two minutes left, Rogers hit a scorching shot which brought a superb save out of Patterson before The Lockmen netted again with a minute left. Carlin raced down the right before releasing Clark with a delightful pass, the young winger smashed his shot into the corner. There was still time for one last effort and with added time just about up Carlin made another super break down the right only to pull his shot wide of the far post.
Report compiled by Match Day Secretary and Press Officer Chris Burton.