SHREWS KNOW IT’S CLOSE NOW

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Stu­art Dunn

MARK El­lis headed Shrews­bury an­other big step closer to pro­mo­tion as Micky Mel­lon’s men were made to go the dis­tance.

The Min­ster­men, hav­ing sealed League safety in mid­week, pro­duced an en­ter­pris­ing dis­play as they chased an equaliser.

But an early de­ci­sive blow de­liv­ered by cen­tral de­fender El­lis, a pow­er­ful 12th-minute header from Bobby Grant’s cor­ner, proved enough for Shrews­bury to reg­is­ter a sev­enth win in their last eight games.

“It’s three mas­sive points and we got what we wanted to end the day with, so I'm ab­so­lutely de­lighted,” said boss Mel­lon, who saw con­sis­tent de­fender El­lis pop up with his third goal of the sea­son.

“It was a good header from a set play,” he added.

“We couldn't quite get the sec­ond but it was a mas­sively im­por­tant day and there were a lot of nerves bounc­ing around the ground, so fair play to the play­ers.”

Shrews­bury now have the chance to wrap up pro­mo­tion at strug­gling Chel­tenham next week­end.

Mel­lon said: “We’ll want to go there and win any­way, re­gard­less of any­thing that was hap­pen­ing, so for us noth­ing much changes.

“We’ll get dusted down and have a good go at try­ing to win an­other game.”

Shrews­bury had the bet­ter of the first half, with York ‘keeper Michael Ing­ham twice sav­ing im­pres­sively from Grant, ei­ther side of the El­lis goal.

Ing­ham also had to be alert to deal with a close-range ef­fort from Ty­rone Bar­nett.

But Jayson Leutwiler, help­ing Shrews­bury set a new club record for the most clean sheets, 22, in a League sea­son, was also kept busy at the other end.

He twice showed good agility to keep out shots from Shaquile Coulthirst and also tipped a de­flected ef­fort from Russ Penn over the bar.

For­mer Shrews­bury mid­fielder Luke Sum­mer­field hit the post from long range and sub­sti­tute Shaun Miller also had a late ef­fort chalked off for off­side.

York manager Russ Wil­cox said:“The only dis­ap­point­ment was the goal we con­ceded.

“We pride our­selves on be­ing good in both boxes, scor­ing four goals from cor­ners in the last five games, so to con­cede a soft goal af­ter be­ing the dom­i­nant team for the first ten min­utes was dis­ap­point­ing.

“We spoke at half-time about be­ing brave with the ball and I thought sec­ond half we were tremen­dous.

“We were com­ing to a team that’s lost one game all sea­son at home and won 17, and I think sec­ond half we were again the dom­i­nant team, moved the ball around the pitch and cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Sum­mer­field hit the post with a screamer from 25-30 yards and Shaun Miller’s goal was on­side, so that’s the dis­ap­point­ment. “We didn’t get the big de­ci­sion. “The big de­ci­sions seem to al­ways go to the top end, not the bot­tom end, and we thor­oughly de­served a point at least.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

TAKE A BOW: Mark El­lis cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter set­tling a tight af­fair STAR MAN MARK EL­LIS Shrews

bury HEAD BOY: Shrews­bury’s Mark El­lis scores their early win­ner

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