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ESFA Match Report- A Shrewsbury cup tie special!

A lovely autumnal afternoon in Shrewsbury as we took advantage of two games in the historic market town in one afternoon. 

Travelling by train we walked the relatively short distance over to Shrewsbury to kick-off the days action, enjoying a coffee with a former Shrewsbury School pupil still supporting his school in his 70’s! 

Shrewsbury had already beaten a Stafford & District school in the opening round of the competition with a narrow win over Sir Graham Balfour High School and made it two from two with what the scoreline suggests was an easy win over Blessed William Howard School. 

The final score of 8-2 was harsh on the visitors who were very much in the game at half time trailing by just 2-1. 

A flurry of late goals put a glossy look to the scoreline although the home side were worthy winners on the day with doubles for Louis Crofts, Sam Jones and Ed Pirdeaux with Ed Clark and Elijah England also on target. 

We then made the walk over the River Severn and across the town to Belvidere School where the visitors were Smestow Sschool from Wolverhampton. 

This was a classic cup tie with both sides up for the battle although the visitors will have been surprised to go 1-0 down after looking the most likely to open the scoring early on. 

Despite levelling the game up later in the half they went behind 3-1 early in the second half despite being on the front foot for long spells. 

They pulled a goal back to reduce the arrears shortly after but were unable to add an equaliser that would have taken the game to extra time. Kieran Smith grabbed a brace and Kieran Griffiths the others as the hosts edged an excellent cup tie 3-2 despite missing a late penalty.

A big thank you to ThreeFiveThree photography for attending the games! If you want to see more great schools football images head over to their website here.

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