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Match Report: Cheltenham Town 0-0 Shrewsbury Town (Cheltenham Fan's Perspective)

Tuesday 27th December 2011
A floodlight failure at Aldershot lifted Cheltenham Town to second in League Two after they played out a blood-and-thunder goalless draw with local rivals Shrewsbury Town. I felt Shrewsbury were the best side we have played this season, and by the end I was happy to take a point from a game which could easily have gone either way.

Tom Bradshaw could have scored for the visitors in the first minute, after a mistake by the usually-impeccable Alan Bennett and then James Collins' header hit the post. For Cheltenham, Luke Summerfield forced a save out of Chris Neal, before Kaid Mohamed had a headed chance four yards out, but failed to convert as he got no power on the ball at all.

Mark Yeates made a good tactical switch with Jimmy Spencer moving more central while Darryl Duffy went out to the right and it made the hosts more dangerous, with Spencer able to link the play better and set up some of our more promising moves.

After the break, Mohamed had a couple of early chances - he should have taken the first one, firing wide after good work from Spencer and Russ Penn, then he shot over from 25 yards after a good run. But it wasn't his day, and also Duffy had a poor game by his standards. At the other end, Collins and Bradshaw were hard-working and Shrewsbury carried a threat out wide with James Taylor and Mark Wright.

Shrewsbury have good strength in depth, and were able to bring on Terry Gornell and Marvin Morgan, and they were the centre of attention late in the game. Morgan burst through 13 minutes from time and was denied by a great save from Scott Brown, Wright putting the rebound wide.

Then in the closing minutes, Gornell slid in on Brown as he spilled a shot, and the following fracas led to bookings for Gornell, Steve Elliott, Josh Low and Joe Jacobsen as referee Trevor Kettle tried to take the limelight.

Both sides deserve credit for a good, absorbing game, which both sides wanted to win right to the death - there was no settling for a draw. With Crawley losing and Southend's abandonment, a win could have been a real boost for either side, but I suspect deep down, both sides were happy to go away with a point. Neither side deserved to lose it.

So we move on to Friday night, and Rotherham at home, looking to get the win which will consolidate Cheltenham's top-three place going into the second half of the season.
Mark Halliwell

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