Cheltenham Town 1 Shrewsbury Town 1

Last updated : 08 April 2005 By Footymad Previewer
A goal from veteran striker Mike Sheron 11 minutes from time earned Shrewsbury Town a valuable point at Cheltenham Town.

The former Manchester City marksman registered his first goal in Shrews colours and it could turn out to be an important one.

The Shrews are ten points above the League Two relegation zone and although survival looks a formality, manager Gary Peters will not rest until his team are mathematically safe from the drop.

Cheltenham made the better start to the game and almost took a 15th minute lead when midfielder Brian Wilson forced a flying save from Shrewsbury's teenage goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The resulting corner led to a powerful header from Steve Guinan that was headed off the line by Sheron.

The first 45 minutes produced some high-octane football with both sets of players crashing into tackles, one or two bordering on the sort of challenges that could have earned yellow cards.

Shrews midfielder Jamie Tolley in particular was fortunate to escape with only a ticking off from referee Fred Graham for a late challenge on David Bird.

The midfielder was unable to continue and left the field to be replaced by teenager Adam Connolly, a player with only three minutes of Football League experience to his name.

Tolley then directed a shot just wide and Cheltenham's Damian Spencer saw an effort deflected past the post at the other end.

The home side had the better of the second half and took a deserved lead on 61 minutes when Connolly supplied Wilson wide on the left and his cross was touched in by a glancing header from Spencer.

Hart then pushed a thunderous free-kick from Martin Devaney over the crossbar as Cheltenham threatened to extend their advantage, but the visitors stuck to their task and drew level 11 minutes from the end.

A free-kick from Neil Ashton caused panic in the home defence but Sheron possessed the coolest head in the penalty box, pouncing on the loose ball to score from eight yards.

Sheron fizzed a shot over the bar shortly afterwards, but Cheltenham almost grabbed a late winner when Spencer again got into a good position.

Shrews defender Gavin Cowan, making his debut, made a wonderfully committed block to deny him right on the goal line.