Shrewsbury Town v Darlington, 09 September 2000

Score1-0 to Shrewsbury Town
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueGay Meadow, Shrewsbury
Attendance2,597
Darlington boss Gary Bennett made six changes to the team that knocked First Division Nottingham Forest out of the Worthington Cup in midweek, but he had to admit to a mistake as rejuvenated Shrewsbury came out on top of a compelling contest. Home manager Kevin Ratcliffe proclaimed the Shrews performance as the best since he arrived at Gay Meadow in November. It came only a week after winning at Hartelpool for the first time in 42 years. 18 year-old Karl Murray was the star of the show as he produced a brilliant performance in midfield where his workrate matched his intelligent promptings. It was tricky winger Sam Aiston who engineered the all-important goal though. He was wrestled to the ground by Adam Reed but the Quakers defender would claim that the offence 'started' well outside the area. Nigel Jemson made light of the arguements; he watched Frank Van Der Geest go the wrong way then rolled his spot kick in to the keeper's left hand corner. Shrewsbury fully deserved only their second home League win since 12 February despite Darlo's late attempt to maintain the unbeaten 2000/01 record. Sub Lehit Zeghdane saw his deflected shot thud against Ian Dunbavin's crossbar.

Goals:

Nigel Jemson penalty 20 P

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin
Defender Leon Drysdale
Defender/Centre back David Hughes
Defender/Full back Ross Davidson
Defender/Left back Iain Jenkins
Midfielder Sam Aiston
Midfielder Karl Murray
Midfielder Dean Peer
Forward Mickey Brown
Forward Chris Freestone
Forward Nigel Jemson

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Frank van der Geest
Defender Neil Aspin
Defender Adam Reed
Defender/Centre back Craig Liddle
Defender/Left back Paul Heckingbottom
Midfielder Stuart Elliott
Midfielder Martin Gray
Midfielder Gary Himsworth
Forward Tom Kaak
Forward Glenn Naylor
Forward Lee Nogan

Substitutions:

Ryan Lowe for Chris Freestone 63
Steve Jagielka for Mickey Brown 76
Peter Wilding for Sam Aiston 87

Substitutions:

Jesper Hjorth for Gary Himsworth 50
Lehit Zeghdane for Tom Kaak 62
Paul Campbell for Martin Gray 75

Cards:

Sam Aiston 83 Y
Dean Peer 85 Y

Cards:

Adam Reed 44 Y
Lehit Zeghdane 71 Y
Stuart Elliott 80 Y

On the bench:

Defender/Centre back Peter Wilding
Midfielder/Forward Steve Jagielka
Forward Ryan Lowe

On the bench:

Midfielder Paul Campbell
Forward Jesper Hjorth
Forward Lehit Zeghdane

Comments:

In their 21st League meeting, Shrewsbury increased their lead with nine wins to Darlington's seven. Leon Drysdale was making his first League appearance since 24 April 1999. League position: 16th

Comments:

Dutch goalkeeper Frank Van Der Geest was making his Football League debut while Frenchman Lehit Zeghdane came on for his first experience of English football. This was a reverse of the scoreline from the corresponding fixture last season. Neil Heaney scored the only goal.