The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Robert Do­man

SHREWS­BURY boss Micky Mel­lon says his ta­ble top­pers won’t take their eye off the ball de­spite open­ing up a six-point gap above the play-off chasers in the race for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion.

Goals ei­ther side of the in­ter­val from Liam Lawrence and Scott Ver­non se­cured a com­fort­able victory for the Shrews as the Shrop­shire side com­pleted their 20th clean­sheet of the sea­son.

But while Mel­lon said his play­ers will en­joy the re­sult he has no plans to start look­ing over his shoul­der at the side’s be­low as he goes all out to be first past the post.

“It was as great re­sult for us – fan­tas­tic,” Mel­lon said. “It's al­ways great to win at home and we also kept an­other clean­sheet which is very pleas­ing too.

“The play­ers put in a lot of hard work but hav­ing six points more than the teams in fourth spot doesn’t make any dif­fer­ence be­cause there are plenty of twists and turns left.

“Wim­ble­don tried to frus­trate us and they made it dif­fi­cult for us, but we got the two goals and con­trolled things from there.

“When your hold­ing the prize then teams will throw ev­ery­thing at you but we de­fended well and we’ll en­joy the victory.”

Ty­rone Bar­nett whipped a third-minute vol­ley over the cross­bar as Shrews­bury mounted their first attack.

Shots from Shrews mid­field­ers Ver­non and Jor­dan Clark faired like­wise while an­other Bar­nett ef­fort went wide of the post as the hosts failed to find their shoot­ing boots.

Dons keeper James Shea de­parted the field on a stretcher fol­low­ing a lengthy de­lay af­ter he landed awk­wardly in­side his goal­mouth on 15 min­utes.

David Con­nolly then blazed over from Wim­ble­don’s first cor­ner on the half hour.

But Lawrence ri­fled the ball in at the other end to put Shrews­bury ahead dur­ing eight min­utes of first-half in­jury-time. Ver­non then dou­bled the ad­van­tage four min­utes af­ter the break when he rose at the near post to head home Lawrence’s cor­ner.

And a stunning James Collins strike rat­tled the Wim­ble­don cross­bar from just out­side the box three min­utes later as Shrews­bury sought a third goal.

Ade­bayo Azeez forced a smart stop from Shrews stop­per Ja­son Leutwiler when he tried to cut the deficit from close range.

Dons manager Neal Ard­ley said: “We didn't pass the ball well enough early on but we grew into the game.

“Our fi­nal pass wasn’t good enough though re­ally and our de­ci­sion mak­ing could also have been bet­ter.

“Shrews­bury scored just be­fore the break and we wanted to have a real go at them in the sec­ond-half but then we con­ceded again from a set-piece within a few min­utes which was hard to take.

“We played some good stuff at times but Shrews­bury are on top of the league be­cause they take their chances.

“We had a good go but un­for­tu­nately the key mo­ments went against us.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

LEAP: Scott Ver­non jumps to score the sec­ond goal for Shrews­bury STAR MAN LIAM


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