SHREWS KNOW IT’S CLOSE NOW
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.”
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