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PREVIEW | Shrewsbury Town v Yeovil Town

Town travel for Checkatrade Trophy semi-final action

5 March 2018

The team huddle before kick off PPAUK

Re-arranged from last week,Town head to New Meadow looking to book a spot in the Checkatrade Trophy final.

Just 90 minutes from a potential trip to Wembley, Town make the trip to Shropshire on Tuesday (7.45pm) to take on Shrewsbury Town after the initial tie was postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.

Finishing top of the group, Darren Way's side have since seen off AFC Wimbledon, Forest Green Rovers and Fleetwood to reach the semi-final.

Salop will be the sixth League One outfit the Glovers have faced this season, with the Green & Whites boasting a 100% record thus far recording wins over Southend, Bradford, Plymouth, the Dons and the Cod Army.

Boasting 10 different goal scorers thus far in the competition, Town will rely on their goals from across the pitch with nine players rendered unavailable. 

James Bailey, Dan Alfei, Nathan Smith, Artur Krysiak (all knee), Jake Gray, Marcus Barnes (both ankle), Ryan Seager, Lewis Wing and Stuart Nelson (all ineligible) miss out on the cup tie.

Sam Surridge and Rhys Browne (two goals) have been most proficient in front of goal, with Otis Khan, Tom James, Connor Smith, Corey Whelan and Francois Zoko all chipping in with a goal a piece.

Packed with goal scoring options, Yeovil will take on a Salop side flying high in League One and coming into the tie off the back of a 2-0 win at Charlton Athletic. 

Stefan Payne will cut the most likely threat with 11 goals to his name, backed up by Shaun Walley (10 goals) and Carlton Morris (eight goals) in all competitions.

Head-to-head
Yeovil will lineup against Shrewsbury for just the eighth time on Tuesday night.

The Glovers have enjoyed the better of the previous meetings, with five wins in total including the last three encounters. 

On Town's last trip to New Meadow in 2012, Paddy Madden (x2) and James Hayter secured a 3-1 win. 

Officials
Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire) will be the man in the middle in Shropshire.

Taking charge of his 37th match of the season, Mr Drysdale oversaw Town's 2-0 win over Cambridge United at Huish Park at the start of the month. 

On Tuesday, he will be assisted by Alix Pashley (Derbyshire) and Matthew Jones with John Brooks (Leicestershire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way's pre-match thoughts can be viewed on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.   

Tickets
Tickets remain on sale with the club subsidising travel costs for the trip.

For more information, visit our Away Tickets page.

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REPORT | Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Yeovil Town

Town's Checkatrade Trophy run ended in Shropshire

6 March 2018

Otis Khan runs with the ball PPAUK

The Glovers' impressive Checkatrade Trophy run came to an end at the semi-final stage at the hands of Shrewsbury Town.

In a first half devoid of clear-cut chances the Glovers held their own against the third division promotion hopefuls to go in level, teeing up a winner takes all second 45 after the restart. 

With the stakes upped after the break both sides registered shots on target, before Carlton Morris broke the deadlock just past the hour-mark.

The Green & Whites almost caused a dramatic ending when Otis Khan was brilliantly denied by the home stopper, but it wasn't to be as Shrewsbury progressed to the final.

Targeting a national cup final for the first time since 2002, Darren Way made five changes to the side that lined up against Carlisle United last time out. 

Without Lewis Wing, Ryan Seager (both ineligible) and Jake Gray (ankle), Connor Smith, Francois Zoko and Khan came into the starting eleven as the Glovers switched to a 4-3-3. 

With Sam Surridge and Rhys Browne dropping to the bench, Jared Bird and Jordan Green completed the alterations for the trip to Shropshire.

Having waited an additional week to play for the chance to walk out at Wembley due to the initial postponement, both sides started in determined fashion.

Just two minutes were on the clock when Salop's quick counter-attack ended with Jon Nolan blazing over from inside the box, before Khan saw a curling effort deflected over the bar at the other end in an immediate response from the visitors.

Settling into a less frenetic affair past the 10-minute mark, it became an intriguing tactical battle between the two managers who completed the UEFA A License together. 

With neither side able to claim a monopoly on possession both teams traded spells of pressure with Khan particularly lively on the left wing, but it became a relatively cagey affair with both goalkeepers relegated to being merely spectators.

Unable to find a way to call Jonny Maddison into action Ben Godfrey's wayward first-time strike was as good as it got for Paul Hurst's side, whilst Jordan Green's tame header was the only attempt on target in the opening 45 minutes of action as Town matched their high-flying League One counterparts. 

In a bid to grab more of a foothold in the tie in the second half, Way made two substitutions in quick succession as Surridge and Browne replaced Gobern and Green in a reshuffle to a 4-4-2 formation. 

However, it was Salop who created the first chance after the restart when Shaun Whalley's volley at the back stick flashed wide of Maddison's far post. 

The winger's attempt sparked a flurry of attacking activity as the game opened up towards the hour-mark with chances at both ends. 

Nolan stung the hands of Maddison from range for Shrewsbury, a chance sandwiched between Khan and Zoko firing into the arms of Dean Henderson. 

With the game opening up, the hosts took advantage with 63 minutes on the clock. 

Whalley's inswinging corner was tantalising, rousing the attention of Morris who rose highest in the middle to head home the opener. 

Boosted by the home fans in full voice Hurst's side looked to turn the screw in the immediate aftermath following the goal, but Town rode out the danger to setup a tense final 10 minutes. 

Looking to continue their perfect record against League One opposition this season the visitors threw caution to the wind in the dying embers of the match and almost forced a penalty shootout in additional time. 

The Glovers stormed forward in numbers and Browne's neat through ball found Khan on the angle, but his poked effort was brilliantly kept out by Henderson as Salop held on to book a spot at Wembley. 

Shrewsbury Town: Henderson; Godfrey, Nsiala, Sadler, Beckles; Nolan (John-Lewis 90'), B. Morris, Ogogo; Whalley, C. Morris (Payne 81'), Rodman (Thomas 70').
Bookings: Whalley 87'
Subs not used: MacGillvray, Lowe, Gnahoua, Eisa.

Yeovil Town: Maddison; Whelan, Sowunmi, James, Dickson; C. Smith, Gobern (Surridge 46'), Bird (Santos 73'); Green (Browne 50'), Zoko, Khan.
Bookings: James 21', Khan 57'
Subs not used: Phillips, Mugabi, Donnellan, Fisher.

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TICKETS | Be the 12th man in Shropshire

Help Town get to Wembley

5 March 2018

Yeovil fans cheer in the stands Shutterstock

Supporters can head to Shrewsbury for a maximum of £20 as Town bid to book a spot in the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley.

Heading to New Meadow on Tuesday (7.45pm), Darren Way's side will take on the Sky Bet League One outfit looking to join Lincoln City at the home of English football. 

With match tickets priced at £5 for adults and £1 for concessions, supporters will be able to make the 370-mile round trip for a maximum of £20, with the club subsidising travel costs in partnership with the Green & Whites Supporters Club.

Working to ensure as many of the Green & White Army as possible can make the midweek trip, the cost to travel with the GWSC is just £15.

The Glovers have already seen off five League One teams already this season, including Fleetwood, Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon in the earlier stages of the Checkatrade Trophy. 

Tuesday's meeting will be the first encounter between the two sides since 2013, with Yeovil winning the last three outings between the two sides.

To secure your ticket, click here and to book a spot on a GWSC coach, visit their website.

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