Saturday, August 21, 2010



Hosts were expected to have something of a season of transistion, but vastly experienced boss Graham Turner has once again done some amazing dealing in the transfer market and Shrewsbury look good enough to once more challenge for a top 7 place. Confidence is sky high after showing plenty of flair and pace in the easy win over pre season favourites Bradford in their opener and by winning a seven goal thriller against Charlton, they were behind in both of those (0-3 in the latter) by the way which also says much about their resolve. Like all Turner's teams they are comfortable on the ball and once they have the lead, are tough to come back against. They proved that last week, taking a third minute lead away to a talented Macclesfield side and then daring the Silkmen to breakdown their experienced, well organised and resolute defence. I really like what I have seen from them so far and players like dutch youngster Benjamin van den Broek, look way too good at times for the fouth tier.

Shots are another team still trying to shake off the disappointment of missing out in the playoffs last season and have yet to put in a real performance of note, despite having four points on board. How they managed to steal one off Accrington, when they were given the runaround for 90 minutes remains a bit of a mystery and they took 81 minutes of labour to find a winner against a Southend side who's problems have been well documented.They have had a huge turnover of staff in the summer, resulting in what looks to my eyes a slightly weaker squad, it can also be argued that they overachieved last season and this could be a less exciting camapign for Aldershot fans.

Shrewsbury -0.5 2.10 +

Good luck.

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