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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Big Match Review

League Two
Shrewsbury Town 3-1 Burton Albion (Att: 6348)
Saturday August 8, 15:00, The New Meadow

Burton's debut in the Football League turned into a bit of damp squib, as the Brewers fell to defeat to Shrewsbury. 2-0 down after 50 minutes, a Greg Pearson strike gave the newboys hope before a mistake by keeper Shane Redmond sealed the points for the home side.

Redmond could have done better for the first goal too. Just 10 minutes were on the clock when Town debutant Jake Robinson latched onto a pass from Dean Holden and somehow finished from a narrow angle past the Albion custodian.

He soon redeemed himself though, with a fine save from Dave Hibbert's header to stop the Shrews doubling their advantage. However, he was powerless when the same player powered home Kevin McIntyre's left wing cross at the beginning of the second half to make it 2-0.

Burton rallied, and midway through the second half, substitute Pearson's deflected shot looped over Town keeper Chris Neal and into the net for the visitor's first goal in the Football League.

However, the comeback was to prove shortlived. Joss Ladabie's free-kick caught out Redmond, who could only push the ball off the post and into his own net to seal the points for Paul Simpson's men.

A disappointing result then for the Brewers and the 1000 or so fans who travelled from Staffordshire. However, they'll now be well aware of the unforgiving nature of the Football League, and Burton must cut out the mistakes if they're to successfully make the step-up this season.


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