Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 06, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's EFL Trophy journey has come to an end with a group game to spare, after they were beaten 2-1 by Shrewsbury Town.

Town broke the deadlock with 19 minutes played at Montgomery Waters Meadow as Ryan Barnett pounced on a stray pass before firing home, but Wanderers were gifted a chance to draw level moments later only for Tom White to miss from the penalty spot.

Their misery was compounded when Jason Cummings doubled Salop's lead just before the break and although Adam Senior's first professional goal put the Trotters back in contention midway through the second period, there was to be no elusive equaliser as Ian Evatt's side dropped out of the competition.

After registering a first competitive win as Wanderers Head Coach this past Saturday, Evatt made nine changes to his side with only Billy Crellin and Ryan Delaney retaining their places. George Taft returned in central defence, leading the team out as captain.

There was little in the way of goalmouth action inside the early exchanges and it took until the 19th minute for either side to create a shot on goal, with Barnett pouncing on a loose pass from Taft before drilling low past Crellin to open the scoring for the home side.

Bolton almost got themselves back on level terms immediately as Taft released Liam Gordon down the left flank. His low cross picked out Arthur Gnahoua at the far post, but his close-range strike was superbly kept out by Harry Burgoyne in the Salop goal.

The visitors were presented with a glorious chance to draw level on 27 minutes when Gnahoua was brought down by a combination of Aaron Pierre and Scott Golbourne, but White couldn't make it count from the spot as his penalty struck the post before being turned behind.

Bolton saw claims for another penalty turned down moments later, with play instead pulled back for an offside against Gordon, before White's evening came to an end after finding himself in the receiving end of a heavy challenge from former Wanderers midfielder Josh Vela.

After several minutes of treatment and play being allowed to continue, Vela dragged a shot wide for Shrewsbury but they did double their advantage before the break as Cummings was afforded too much time and space on the edge of the box to pick out the bottom corner of Crellin's goal to make it 2-0.

Cummings came close to adding a third before the break, catching Crellin off his line from 50 yards, but the ball flew narrowly over the crossbar as the hosts were made to settle for a two-goal advantage going into the interval.

With White already withdrawn, there was to be one further substitution for Bolton at the start of the second period as Reiss Greenidge came on in place of Delaney - while Josh Daniels was introduced in place of Vela for the hosts.

Once the action was back underway, it was Shrewsbury who had the first shooting opportunity as Cummings capitalised on a poor clearance from Crellin before firing over when on the turn.

Wanderers, who had struggled in the final third, were then given a lifeline on 64 minutes as Ronan Darcy's free-kick to the far post was headed back across goal by Greenidge, where Senior gambled to nod home a first goal for his hometown club.

Having assisted Senior, Greenidge was almost a provider once again with 20 minutes to play as another header - this time into the path of Gnahoua - was this time scuffed wide.

Crellin was called into action at the other end to deny Cummings, while Taft got too much on a header as it flew harmlessly wide with 10 minutes to go.

There were to be two final chances for the visitors as they looked to take the tie to penalties, but neither Jak Hickman or substitute Jamie Mascoll could hit the target as Shrewsbury booked their place in the knockout stages.

Bolton will host Newcastle United U21 in their final group fixture in November, with both clubs having already been eliminated from the competition.

Shrewsbury Town: Burgoyne, Fossey, Pierre, Walker, Golbourne, Zamburek, Vela (Daniels 45), High, Barnett, Cummings, Tracey (Millar 80)
Subs Not Used: Gregory, Love, Goss, Rowland, Caton
Booked: Walker, Vela, Cummings, Pierre, High
Goals: Barnett 19, Cummings 43

Bolton Wanderers: Crellin, Taft, Delaney (Greenidge 45), Senior, Gordon, White (Riley 37), Comley, Hickman, Darcy, Gnahoua, Lockett (Mascoll 69)
Subs Not Used: Alexander, Conway, Tweedley, Le Fondre
Booked: Senior
Goals: Senior 64

Referee: Ross Joyce

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