January 12, 2013
Pools make their point
Basement boys Hartlepool collected just a 13th point of the season as young striker Charlie Wyke's first league goal secured a hard-earned 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury.
Hartlepool started brightly and Steve Howard should have done better than head straight at goalkeeper Chris Weale from eight yards from a teasing cross from Jordan Richards.
Jonathan Franks then tried his luck from 25 yards with a well struck shot which Weale did well to help over the bar.
Shrewsbury gradually settled and, after Marvin Morgan twice forced saves from Scott Flinders, the breakthrough arrived in the 23rd minute.
Connor Goldson delivered a low cross from the right and Taylor turned sharply to rifle home left footed from six yards to the bottom corner of the net, the winger's sixth goal of the season.
Hartlepool pulled level in the 55th minute with Wyke, on loan from Middlesbrough, delighted to see his low shot from 12 yards deflected past Weale. It was the first goal conceded by Shrewsbury for more than six hours.
Shrewsbury, now unbeaten in eight games, rallied in the closing stages and might have snatched victory had it not been for the brilliance of Flinders.
Having kept out a Dave McAllister drive, Flinders topped that with a stunning stoppage time save from Luke Summerfield's header with sub Tom Bradshaw smashing the rebound against the bar.
|Shrewsbury Town||Hartlepool United|
|1 Chris Weale||1 Scott Flinders|
|5 Darren Jones||5 Sam Collins|
|3 Joe Jacobson||6 Evan Horwood|
|2 Jermaine Grandison||29 Peter Hartley|
|18 Connor Goldson||3 Ritchie Humphreys|
|11 John Taylor||15 Antony Sweeney|
|8 Matthew Richards||8 Simon Walton|
|6 Robert Purdie||7 Jonathan Franks|
|19 David McAllister||19 Jordan Richards|
|29 Luke Rodgers||39 Steve Howard|
|10 Marvin Morgan||36 Charlie Wyke|
|25 Joe Anyon||Adam McHugh 31|
|23 Yado Mambo||Neil Austin 2|
|30 Cameron Gayle||Darren Holden 22|
|17 Paul Parry||Jack Baldwin 18|
|4 Luke Summerfield||Andy Monkhouse 11|
|15 Stephen McGinn||James Poole 10|
|9 Tom Bradshaw||Luke James 33|
|Tom Bradshaw for Luke Rodgers (65)||James Poole for Charlie Wyke (78)|
|Stephen McGinn for Robert Purdie (65)||Neil Austin for Simon Walton (78)|
|Luke Summerfield for Marvin Morgan (76)|
|· Squads: Shrewsbury Town | Hartlepool United|