April 1, 2013
Eaves treble downs Town
Tom Eaves grabbed a brilliant hat-trick to lift Shrewsbury further clear of the relegation zone as they beat Crawley 3-0.
The powerful striker, on loan from Bolton, enjoyed an Easter Monday to remember with a display of quality finishing to badly dent Crawley's hopes of a late play-off charge.
Eaves broke the deadlock with an unstoppable drive from 25 yards three minutes into the second half.
He then ran from the halfway line before coolly lifting the ball over goalkeeper Paul Jones in the 64th minute.
Shrewsbury could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty, skipper Matt Richards blazing over after Yado Mambo's shirt was tugged by Joe Walsh, before Eaves completed his hat-trick five minutes from time with another blistering 20 yard thunderbolt.
Crawley had made much of the early running and Jamie Proctor, who had a loan spell with Shrewsbury earlier this season, looped a header just over after being picked out by Mustapha Dumbuya's cross.
Chances were few and far between for Shrewsbury in the first half with little to concern Jones, although he had to be alert to help a 20-yard curler from Steve McGinn round a post.
But that all changed after the restart as Eaves fired Shrewsbury to only their second win in nine home games.
Goalkeeper Chris Weale chalked up a clean sheet with fine stops from Mark Connolly's header and a Nicky Adams shot.
|Shrewsbury Town||Crawley Town|
|1 Chris Weale||1 Paul Jones|
|3 Joe Jacobson||3 Mathew Sadler|
|23 Yado Mambo||12 Joe Walsh|
|26 James Hurst||4 Mark Connolly|
|18 Connor Goldson||2 Mustapha Dumbuya|
|11 John Taylor||15 Dannie Bulman|
|8 Matthew Richards||10 Matthew Sparrow|
|4 Luke Summerfield||7 Billy Clarke|
|15 Stephen McGinn||16 Nicky Adams|
|10 Marvin Morgan||28 Paul Hayes|
|24 Tom Eaves||14 Jamie Proctor|
|25 Joe Anyon||Johnny Maddison 25|
|7 Mark Wright||David Hunt 13|
|17 Paul Parry||Connor Essam 6|
|6 Robert Purdie||Sergio Torres 8|
|20 Aaron Wildig||Mike Jones 21|
|19 David McAllister||Josh Simpson 11|
|27 Akwasi Asante||Aiden O'Brien 19|
|Paul Parry for Stephen McGinn (73)||Josh Simpson for Matthew Sparrow (31)|
|Akwasi Asante for Marvin Morgan (84)||Sergio Torres for Mustapha Dumbuya (62)|
|Mark Wright for John Taylor (89)||Aiden O'Brien for Jamie Proctor (74)|
|Matthew Richards (45)||Billy Clarke (75)|
|· Squads: Shrewsbury Town | Crawley Town|