Shrewsbury Town v Plymouth Argyle, 12 September 2000

Score4-1 to Shrewsbury Town
RefereeBrian Curson
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueGay Meadow, Shrewsbury
Attendance2,361
Plymouth's return of only five points from their first seven games left them in disarray as they plummeted to the depths of the Football League they had only previously experienced in the opening weeks of 1995/96. Meanwhile, rampant Shrewbury moved into the top ten for the first time since October 1996. Having to overcome the problems of the national fuel crisis, loyal fans who made the trip from Devon saw Argyle soon fall behind when Sean McCarthy deflected Chris Freestone's angled drive into his own goal. Following their impressive display against Darlington at the weekend, Kevin Ratcliffe's charges took total control; the only surprise being that it took them to the fringe of the interval to go further ahead. Mickey Brown crossed from the right for Nigel Jemson to wrong foot Jon Sheffield with a clever header. Further goals from Brown - a glancing header from Sam Aiston's left wing corner - and Jemson - a right footed shot from 20 yards after Aiston combined with Freestone - merely piled on the Argyle agony. The Pilgrims gained some consolation when Jason Peake's sterling efforts were rewarded. The stylish midfielder also scored from 20 yards as he steered a low right footer inside the far post. A miserable night for the visitors ended on a low though when Adam Barrett saw his second yellow card.

Goals:

Sean McCarthy own goal 9 OG
Nigel Jemson 44 G
Mickey Brown 53 G
Nigel Jemson 65 G

Goals:

Jason Peake 67 G

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 Jon Sheffield
Defender Wayne O'Sullivan
Defender/Centre back Adam Barrett
Defender/Centre back Craig Taylor
Defender/Left back Jon Beswetherick
Midfielder Martin Barlow
Midfielder Terry Fleming
Midfielder Jason Peake
Midfielder Martin Phillips
Forward Sean McCarthy
Forward Paul McGregor

Substitutions:

Steve Jagielka for Sam Aiston 73
Ryan Lowe for Nigel Jemson 81
Peter Wilding for Mickey Brown 90

Substitutions:

Paul Wotton for Craig Taylor 13
Steve Guinan for Sean McCarthy 46

Cards:

Chris Freestone 40 Y

Cards:

Adam Barrett 17 Y
Martin Barlow 40 Y
Adam Barrett 89 Y
Adam Barrett 89 R

On the bench:

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

On the bench:

Defender/Midfielder Paul Wotton
Forward Steve Guinan

Comments:

Shrewsbury seemed to be liking the month of September as they last won three in a row in September 1999. This was Shrewsbury's biggest win since they beat Peterborough United by the same scoreline on 14 March 1998. This is Town's biggest-ever win against Plymouth. The previous best was 3-0 in the old Third Division 18 April 1970 with goals from Terry Hughes, Terry Harkin and George Andrews. League Position: 10th

Comments:

This was Plymouth's heaviest defeat in the basement division since they went down 0-4 at Fulham on 30 March 1996. Plymouth have now fallen behind Shrewsbury in their League & Cup record. In 40 meetings, Plymouth have won 11 to Shrewsbury's 12. League Position: 23rd