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Preview: Shrewsbury Town (A)

18 August 2014

The Reds face a second away trip this week tomorrow as they travel to the Greenhous Meadow to take on Shrewsbury Town.

Ahead of kick off, Chris Forsyth has been looking into all the information you might need:After last gasp penalty disappointment at the weekend at Cheltenham the Reds are on the road again as they pay a visit to Shrewsbury Town.

James Beattie's side will be out to make amends after Kal Naismith's missed spot kick sent them home from Whaddon Road empty handed and the aim is now to take all three points from the Shrews.

Old foes from the Conference, Town are back in League Two after a spell in the third tier and will be keen to return to League One at the first time of asking.[/vc_tab]Stanley are likely to have the same squad to select from as they did at Cheltenham although Adam Buxton was replaced at Whaddon Road and could be a doubt.

Young goalkeeper Andrew Dawber is still a couple of weeks from a return with a knee problem and Michael Liddle and club captain Luke Joyce remain serious doubts.

Defender Mark Ellis and midfielder Dave McAllister will both miss out for the home side.

They're suffering from knee and ankle problems respectively.[/vc_tab]The Shrews have spent eight of the last 10 seasons in League Two with the other two seasons spent in League One. During this time the club were defeated in the League Two play offs in three seasons, before gaining automatic promotion after finishing in second place in the 2011/12 season.

The club then spent two seasons in League One before being relegated at the end of last season after finishing in 23rd place in the League One table.[/vc_tab]

Micky Mellon

Mellon is currently in his third managerial role having joined the Shrews in the summer. Prior to being the Shrews manager, Mellon was Fleetwood Town manager between 2008 and 2012 and then had a spell as caretaker manager of Barnsley in 2013.

The 42 year old also had a successful playing career, appearing for clubs including Tranmere Rovers, Blackpool and Burnley.

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James Collins

23 year old Collins signed for the Shrews for the second time in the summer and has made an excellent start to the season, netting twice in his first two appearances. Collins started his career at Aston Villa and during his time at the club had spells on loan Darlington and Burton Albion. Collins then signed for the Shrews and made 66 appearances and scored 22 goals for the club between 2011 and 2012.

The Republic of Ireland under 21 international then signed for Swindon Town and made 45 appearances and scored 15 goals before spending last season at Hibernian, where he made 36 appearances and scored six goals for the club.

[/vc_tab]The two clubs have met on five occasions at Greenhous Meadow and on four occasions at Gay Meadow with Stanley winning two, drawing two and losing five of the nine meetings.

The last time the sides met at Greenhous Meadow was in the 2011/12 season, with the Shrews picking up a 1-0 victory courtesy of a Tom Bradshaw goal.

The last time that Stanley picked up a victory at the Shrews was in the 2009/10 season, when a Bobby Grant goal sealed a 1-0 victory for the Reds.[/vc_tab]Stanley are looking for a first win of the season after narrow defeats to Southend and Cheltenham in the League and at Leeds United in the Capital One Cup.

The Shrews have had an excellent start to their League Two campaign, picking up four points from their opening two league games to sit in sixth place in the League Two table.

After an opening day 2-2 draw at AFC Wimbledon the Shrews defeated Blackpool 1-0 at home in the Capital One Cup, before picking up a 2-1 victory at home to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. Abdulai Bell-Baggie opened the scoring for Tranmere, before Andy Mangan levelled after 90 minutes and Mickey Demetriou completed an amazing turnaround by netting the winner in the third minute of added time.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

James Gray 1

Kal Naismith 1

Shrewsbury

James Collins 2

Mickey Demetriou 1

Andy Mangan 1

Scott Vernon 1[/vc_tab]

Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire)

The Midlands based official has a wealth of experience behind him having started to take charge of Football League games back in 2008.

His last Stanley game was the 1-0 defeat at Portsmouth in February.

This season: 2 games, 5 yellow cards, 0 red cards[/vc_tab]


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