Remember This? – Shrewsbury

Unmemorable Match

Phil Watt – Credit Graham Burrell

I’m already beginning to wonder if writing about us getting thumped is a good idea. We’ll see. I just get tired of the same games appearing as memory matches, whilst others are forgotten. The opening game of the 2007/08 season should be forgotten. This was the first game after five successive play-off finishes, a season which we should have been in League One, had we had the nerve to see through a fantastic league position at the turn of the year. In January, we looked like we’d go up automatically. On this warm August day, we looked a million miles from that side.

To be fair, Shrewsbury had gone one better than us, beating MK Dons in the play-off semi-finals and losing to Bristol Rovers in the final, so this was a challenging start, but even so, we were thrashed. It wasn’t going too badly up until half time, a decent City side looked like staying in the game. The Imps lined up Marriott, Watt, Croft, Brown, Green, Frecklington, Amoo, Kerr, Forrester, Torpey, and Dodds. Coming off the bench were N’Guessan,  Stallard and Ollie Ryan.

The collapse came in the second half. The Shrews took the lead on 53 minutes as Andy Cooke converted a cross from Darren Moss, before Dave Hibbert outpaced debutant Phil Watt before making it 2-0. Two goals in two minutes finished the game off with ten on the clock. Cooke converted another delivery into the area for 3-0. whilst Steve Leslie snuck in to make it 4-0 in front of just 3,893.