Nuneaton Borough’s preparations for the 2020/21 season continued against League One side Shrewsbury Town.
Despite sitting four levels below their opponents, Boro put in another positive performance at AFC Telford’s New Bucks Head Stadium.
Aaron Pierre put the Shrews ahead before a trialist equalised with a terrific strike past the goalkeeper.
The League One side won the game with goals from Ryan Sears and Ryan Barnett in the second-half, but the boys in yellow and black put in 100% on the night.
Shrewsbury were Boro’s sixth pre-season opponents and their second League One side this summer. However, the game was evenly contested in the first-half.
Jason Cummings tested Tony Breeden 10 minutes in when his volley from Josh Vela’s deep corner forced the keeper into a quick reaction save at his near post.
Two minutes later, Daniel Udoh picked the ball off Ryan Edmunds in the penalty area before driving his effort into the ground, an easier save for the Boro keeper.
Just as the game at Telford reached the half hour mark, we began to grow into the game. After pushing too many players forward, the Shrews were caught on the break when Edmunds threaded the ball through for Ravi Shamsi, but the forward hit his shot straight at Cameron Gregory.
Pierre, whose late challenge forced Shamsi to be substituted off, opened the scoring for the League One side when he towered above the Boro defence to head home another good Vela corner.
Jimmy Ginnelly’s men were level before half-time, when a trialist forward did well to turn and shoot past Gregory. A long ball was brought down well by Leroy Lita before the striker’s left-footed shot hit the net.
Just over 10 minutes into the second period, Shrewsbury restored their lead when Ryan Sears converted from another corner. Breeden originally did well to deny former-Wales international, David Edwards, but the Welsh right-back tapped into an empty net.
Former Manchester United academy player, Sean Goss, nearly made it 3-1 with a fierce attempt from the edge of the box. Fortunately for Boro, it clipped the crossbar.
However, it was 3-1 in the dying minutes. New signing, Reece Pyke, had his effort blocked before Ryan Barnett looped the ball into the empty net.
Breeden, Cotton, Trialist, Kettle, Gudger, Edmunds, Goddard, Trialist, Kelly, Shamsi, Trialist.
Subs: Hood, Tomkinson, Dias, Lita, Trialist, Trialist.
Shrewsbury Town (1st half):
Gregory, Rowland, Pierre, Walker, Love, High, Goss, Vela, Barnett, Udoh, Cummings.
Shrewsbury Town (2nd half):
Burgoyne, Golbourne, Sears, Williams, Love, Edwards, Goss, Walker, Whalley, Pyke, Cummings.