Shrewsbury was the first away game that I had been to since Steve passed away. Normally if it was a fairly long trip I used to pick him up at the Sutton Post Office, give him a lift over to Kingsmeadow then we would have breakfast together at Fat Boy’s before catching the coach. (If it was a comparitivly local game we got the bus so we could go to the Watchman for something to eat after we got back and a bit of post game analysis.) I didn’t feel like breakfast on my own so I skipped Fat Boy’s and had breakfast at home before I left.
The coach trip up was fine. The players, possibly feeling guilty for some of the rubbish we have been forced to watch this season, paid for two coaches. So it was a comparatively cheap day out
I like a trip to Shrewsbury. They have neat modern ground that is usually at least 80% full. There is good atmosphere and the club make away fans welcome. Last year we found a pub about half a mile away for a pre-match drink, this year the club have opened a bar at the ground so we went there. They had one execelent beer on draught called Shropshire Lad, as well as sandwiches and pies. I would recommend it as a place for a pre-match drink.
The game it’self turned out to be a 0-0 draw. A reasonably entertaining 0-0 draw, but one in which we didn’t have a single shot on target, in fact we only had the one shot in total. Aaron Ramsdale, as he has so often, since joining on loan in January, kept us in it with an excellent goal keeping display. It was one of those games where you felt that we could nick this (with a goal in the third minute of stoppage time), but that would have been totally unfair to Shrewsbury.
A vital point in the #GREATESCAPE. We are still bottom, but now only nine points from safety. Then it was just the four hour trip back down the motorway.