In an action packed game at the Meadow, Shrewsbury Town secured their first league victory since March by defeating Bristol Rovers. Luke Leahy celebrated his 100th appearance in a Salop shirt by bagging a goal just three minutes in, by rising high to head home a corner kick from Elliott Bennett.
After the break, Shrewsbury Town extended their lead to two goals when Rob Street scored a brilliant individual goal. Bristol Rovers managed to pull one back through Josh Coburn, but Marko Marosi's vital save denied them a late equalizer. The win secured all three points for the Shrews, their first in nine games since defeating Morecambe 3-1 at home in late March. Shrewsbury Town were considered early playoff contenders, earlier in the season, as they demonstrated a remarkable form, notably by defeating last season's playoff finalists Wycombe Wanderers, securing a draw against the recently relegated Championship side Derby County, and producing a dominant five-star performance against Cambridge United, scoring five goals.
Following their poor form, the Shrews slipped down the League One table and are currently placed 12th - but, their victory tonight coincidentally coincided with today's departure of their Chief Executive Brian Caldwell, who had been with the club for seven years. While this change in leadership could have had an impact on the team's performance tonight against Bristol Rovers, it's hard to tell.
What we do know Shrewsbury Town hasn't played in the second division since the mid-90s. However, the team has been performing well this season, and it looks like they now have the ability and confidence as a unit to compete at a higher level in the upcoming season. Of course, there will be players coming in and out in the next window opening, but the team's key players are already tied down, and they have been on great form in the current League One season. We expect the Shrews to finish no lower than mid-table next season. The squad's depth is good enough to compete at this level, and with a productive summer transfer window, the team could probably achieve even more when the new season starts in August. Considering Shrewsbury haven't finished above 12th in the past 5 years - the Shrews now have the ability to, proceeding the best string of results (this season) in years, and also the best average attendance numbers (this season) in almost 20 years. This is probably down to Shrews fighting form. Town haven't seen above mid-table since finishing 3rd in the 2017/18 season, where they were unfortunately knocked out in the playoff final against Rotherham United.
However, with the summer transfer window incoming and the capacity for the club to make some bold moves in the transfer market, could we see an even bigger and better Shrewsbury Town in League One next season? Attendance: 5,949 Away: 748