October 14, 2012
Parry strike sinks Saddlers
Paul Parry's goal proved enough to lift Shrewsbury out of the bottom four in League One as they saw off local rivals Walsall 1-0.
But Shrewsbury's victory, just their third of the season, owed much to an outstanding display from goalkeeper Chris Weale.
The former Leicester man produced four stunning saves inside the opening 15 minutes, the pick of them when he tipped a Florent Cuvelier shot round a post.
Weale also made fine stops to deny both Jamie Paterson and Adam Chambers as the Saddlers came flying out of the blocks.
Shrewsbury had carried no threat until they broke the deadlock totally against the run of play in the 25th minute. Walsall were unable to clear a corner and when Asa Hall's shot came back off the bar, former Wales international Parry reacted quickest to stab in the rebound.
Walsall continued to pepper the Shrewsbury goal in the second half, Andy Butler heading against the crossbar, while Weale pulled off another fine stop from George Bowerman.
Shrewsbury might have doubled their lead when Marvin Morgan set up Parry only for his 15-yard shot to come back off the bar.
|Paul Parry (25')|
|1 Chris Weale||27 Karl Darlow|
|15 Lee Collins||5 Dean Holden|
|2 Jermaine Grandison||4 Andy Butler|
|23 Michael Hector||26 Andy Taylor|
|11 John Taylor||2 Richard Taundry|
|17 Paul Parry||7 Adam Chambers|
|8 Matthew Richards||6 Nicky Featherstone|
|4 Luke Summerfield||8 Florent Cuvelier|
|14 Asa Hall||24 James Baxendale|
|20 Aaron Wildig||10 Jamie Paterson|
|10 Marvin Morgan||17 George Bowerman|
|25 Joe Anyon||David Grof 1|
|3 Joe Jacobson||Ben Purkiss 14|
|18 Connor Goldson||Paul Downing 22|
|7 Mark Wright||Ashley Hemmings 11|
|6 Robert Purdie||Jake Jones 16|
|9 Tom Bradshaw||Febian Brandy 12|
|16 Ryan Doble||Aaron Williams 19|
|Mark Wright for Paul Parry (77)||Ashley Hemmings for Florent Cuvelier (58)|
|Tom Bradshaw for John Taylor (89)||Aaron Williams for James Baxendale (72)|
|Febian Brandy for George Bowerman (77)|
|Marvin Morgan (71)||Andy Butler (90)|
|· Squads: Shrewsbury Town | Walsall|