Shrewsbury (A) Match Preview

There’s some big games coming up in the quest for points, starting on Saturday when United make the long journey west to Shrewsbury.

For once, we’re unsure as to who’ll start where, with Liam O’Neil and Jack Lankester still injured the midfield positions are anybody’s guess. Jensen Weir staked a claim to a start with his performance on Tuesday and Sam Smith will give Bonner a dilemma when choosing between him and Shilow Tracey, and that’s before you have to fit Wes into the side. We think it’ll probably be Smith making way for Wes with Ironside the lone man up front.

Expected U’s Line-Up: Mitov, Williams, Jones, Masterson, Iredale, Digby, Weir, May, Brophy, Hoolahan, Ironside

Who’s Their Player To Watch? Ryan Bowman was a formidable opponent for us whilst at Exeter last season and makes the step up to League One this year.

Who’s In The Dugout? Steve Cotterill. Has bounced around a number of lower league teams with some success, including winning League Two with Notts County and League One with Bristol City

What’s Their Recent Form Like? Four defeats in their last five league games leaves them in the relegation zone.

Any Ex-United Players? Just one – Defender Aaron Pierre. Never made a league appearance for us, and ended up only playing just over half an hours worth of football for the U’s, but his goal in injury time of the FA Trophy match against St Albans set us on the path to Wembley where we beat Gosport 4-0 in the final.

Last Time Out: United 0-2 Shrewsbury, November 7 2020

Last season was a pretty successful one for the U’s, but not when it came to the FA Cup, Shrewsbury dumping us out in the First Round. Once again the FA have stopped us embedding this, so you’ll need to go to YouTube to watch it, or just don’t bother. In fact, probably don’t bother.

From The Archive: Shrewsbury 1-2 U’s, April 18 1991

We love this old footage from the Beck era, everything from the on-screen graphics to the kits and the state of the pitches is superb. Here’s Steve Claridge giving United a 2-1 win at Gay Meadow back in 1991.

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