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16:55 16th March 2002

Exeter City v Shrewsbury Town

The Grecians' start the game with Kwame Ampadu returning to the starting line along with Steve Flack and Graeme Tomlinson.  Jay Richardson and Paul Read have to make do with a place on the bench. The Grecians' start the game attacking the St James' Road end towards the away contingent of fans.  The Grecians start the game at a fast pace with Tomlinson having the first effort rebounding out to Roberts to win a corner. Twelve minutes into the game and after a well cushioned header by Tomlinson, Roberts' won the ball and got a great cross into the box for Barlow to head over the bar.  Shrewsbury win their first corner of the game off of Graeme Power. Steve Flack nearly broke free after a quarter of an hour from a Tomlinson through ball but he was adjudged by the assistant referee to be in an off side position.  Suddenly out of the blue Shrewsbury went to the other end and Luke Rodgers scored from a header to give the Shrews the early advantage. Steve Flack decided he wanted to enter the referees book in the twenty ninth minute for a blatant push right in front of the official.  A very uneventful game so far, neither team is creating any chances and all of the play is happening in the middle of the field. A very boring and uninteresting first half, although the first five minutes looked full of promise, the Grecians' have faded and Martin Barlows early effort has proved to be City's only real attempt of the first half.  Along with some dodgy refereeing decisions City look a shadow of the team that played against Darlington.  Lets hope for a better second half. Half Time Exeter City 0-1 Shrewsbury Town City make a substitution at half time with Steve Flack being replaced by Jay Richardson.  The Grecians' have started the second half a little more fiery than in the first half as  City attack the Cliff Bastin Stand. Again Barlow was nearly the saviour as in the fifty third minute he won the ball on the edge of the eighteen yard box and struck a left footed effort just wide of the post.  City are continuing to apply the pressure but Shrewsbury have a very firm back line and you can see why they are in the play off place at present. City get themselves back on an even keel in the fifty ninth minute as a great piece of work on the right wing by Barlow was crossed in and Graeme Tomlinson glanced home a header to pull the game level.  One a piece with half an hour to go. Just three minutes later and some awful defending let Shrewsbury take the advantage again as the first shot was not cleared the ball fell to Matt Redmile who made no mistake in placing the ball into the back of the net.  Advantage the Shrews. Now into the sixty fifth minute and from a corner Roberts' dinked in a cross that fell to Barlow, not in a position to shoot himself he laid off the ball to Roscoe, on his left foot the midfielder struck a peach of a shot from the edge of the box to level the scores yet again. Seventy six minutes and the next change as Geoff Breslan comes on to replace Kwame Ampadu.  A very near escape as Rodgers and Lowe linked up and in space Lowe struck his effort just the wrong side of the post. A short corner nearly paid dividends as Barlows cross was cleared as far as Breslan who struck the ball but this time Ian Dunbavin managed to get his hands on the ball to keep this effort out. With three minutes to go the first goalscorer Tomlinson came off to be replaced by Paul Read. Both teams hold firm and the games ends in a stalemate.  City gain their first point from four games and hopefully it will be all three when we return to the Park on Tuesday night to face York City.
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