Shropshire Star

Shrewsbury analysis: Town aces hoping to wake up before September ends

Oh what Shrewsbury Town would give for a goal – any goal – right now.

Dan Udoh of Shrewsbury Town and Brandon Cooper of Leyton Orient (AMA)

A deflection, a scuffed effort, one off the referee’s backside, anything that ends up between the opposition’s posts will do.

Salop have five days left of what has been a sorry September and one final opportunity against Charlton Athletic on Saturday to make sure they don’t go through the entire calendar month without hitting the back of the net.

That is something they haven’t done – barring the odd one-game May – since March 2010 when they failed to score in four League Two matches.

This current barren run stands at five games since Dan Udoh notched the winner at Fleetwood Town on August 26, exactly a month ago tomorrow.

Though how they did not end this streak at Leyton Orient on Saturday somewhat beggars belief.

In fact, had Max Mata ended the scoreless spell twice within the opening five minutes, Orient could have had few complaints.

Taylor Perry – one of Town’s most industrious players on the day, though often lacking support for his bright ideas – kicked this match off and within 15 seconds had won a corner. From the set piece, not only was Chey Dunkley denied by a mixture of goalkeeper Sol Brynn and his own defence, they somehow kept out the close-range follow-up from Mata.