Regaining their form with a 1-1 draw against Shrewsbury Town.
Stourbridge's comeback ....Following on from a heavy defeat from Oadby could Stourbridge regain their form. The sun shone bright over the prestigious ground at Wolverley, but would it shine as bright for Stourbridge against the number three seeded Shrewsbury.
Minutes into the game Stourbridge was in full flow with good interactive passing linking well with one another as they created angles and space for the ball to move into. Stourbridge's first chance on goal came early in the game when Lewis Nicholls whipped in a cross from a free kick on the right side of the park finding Joseph Sims-Woodhouse's head resulting in a comfortable save for the keeper. Shrewsbury answered that call almost immediately with a quick break from number 11 linking up with 9 only to be denied at the last moment by Corey Sheaf.
Stourbridge continued to link well this time with Maleek Holness playing a through ball between two defenders to Samuel Wyatt as he continued down the right flank before driving it into Daniel Danks who just saw it wide of the post. Stourbridge continued their quest on goal by penetrating the middle of the park trying to beat Shrewsbury's keeper. First on the shooting list was Jakob Burroughs from a neatly placed through ball, then Joseph Sims-Woodhouse had another try at the edge of the box and then Aaron Bishop with the keeper making a good save and finally Tom Trevis making a good strike from long range.
Shrewsbury was also persistent in their retaliation with number 11, 9 and 10 always trying to catch Stourbridge out on the fast break. Neither team could score as their first half resulted in a 0 - 0 draw.
Soon into the second half a penalty was given just inside the box. Shrewsbury number 17 stepped up to the penalty spot and with composure placed it to the right side putting Shrewsbury in the lead. The second half would see much of the same play as before but as play went on Stourbridge's fast game style began to take it's toll as the players stamina began to waver. Shrewsbury took advantage of this with continuous breaks but Stourbridge's back four held strong.
Shrewsbury conceded a free kick and the name Corey Sheaf resounded in the air. There were whispers amongst the crowd saying that the free kick was too close and that he may not score because Corey usually scores from the half way line. The free kick specialist approached the ball calm and dignified. It was struck with good accuracy, the keeper managed to get a hand to it but could not keep it
from going over the line. This stirred Shrewsbury as they became relentless in their attack, if it were not for Luke Bradley who made three good saves one being just seven minutes from the end, it may have been a different result other than a 1-1 draw.
Well done to both teams for providing a riveting display of football, a performance both teams should be proud of, we wish Shrewsbury Town all the best for the rest of the season.
Author: Patrick Holness