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19 August 2017 Venue Montgomery Waters Meadow Attendance

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Preview: Shrewsbury v Dale

18 August 2017

Shrewsbury Town v Rochdale: Sky Bet League One – Saturday 19th August, 3pm Kick-Off

Rochdale travel to the Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday to take on Shrewsbury Town.

Dale go into the match on the back of last weekend’s draw with Scunthorpe United. Steven Davies’ second half header earned Dale’s first point of the 2017/18 season.

Shrewsbury have a 100% record in Sky Bet League One so far, having beaten both Northampton Town and AFC Wimbledon, respectively, 1-0 in their opening two matches.



Interview: Read Manager Keith Hill’s pre-match quotes HERE.

Watch the full interview on iFollow.



Referee: Andy Haines

Assistant Referees: Nigel Smith and Christopher Ward

Fourth Official: Joe Simpson



Tickets are available to purchase from the RAFC Ticket Office until 3pm on Friday 18th August.

The match is NOT all ticket – supporters can pay on the day, although it is CASH ONLY. Please note there is no card machine at the away turnstiles, and no cash machine at or near the stadium.

For full admission prices, please click HERE.



Both sides won their respective home games last season. A 1-0 win in April gave Shrewsbury a huge boost in their battle against the drop, and also exacted revenge for a 2-1 defeat at the Crown Oil Arena in December 2016.

First-half goals from Ian Henderson and Steven Davies secured the three points from the festive fixture, and you can watch the highlights from that game below.



Dale are priced at 7/4 with Sky Bet to record a win over Shrewsbury Town on Saturday. Click HERE for more match odds.



Fans heading to Shrewsbury should note that V Fest is taking place nearby, meaning routes in and around the M6 have the potential to be much busier than usual.

An alternative route is to take the M56 towards Chester, before joining the M53 and A483, then the A5 to Shrewsbury.


Please note there is no parking available to supporters at the stadium. However, there are a number of car parks situated a short walk away. The Shrews suggest Wyevale, which is a 5 minute walk from the ground and is priced at £5. The site operates on a first come, first served basis. Click HERE to view all options for parking at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.



Fans in the UK can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow, whilst overseas fans can WATCH the match live! The programme will start at 2.55pm. Follow this link for everything you need to know about watching/ listening live.

Click HERE to subscribe to iFollow. We will also be tweeting live updates from the match.


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Match Reports

Report: Shrewsbury Town 3-2 Rochdale

19 August 2017

Rochdale were defeated 3-2 by Shrewsbury Town in an end-to-end game at the Montgomery Waters Meadow, which saw three goals from the penalty spot.

Steven Davies put Dale ahead from the spot after Bradden Inman was fouled inside the area. Shaun Whalley levelled matters for Shrewsbury with a penalty of their own, before Carlton Morris put the home side ahead before the break.

Dale were awarded the third penalty of the match when Aristote Nsiala handled in the area, with Davies converting again for his brace.

The winning goal came sixteen minutes from time, when substitute Stefan Payne finished excellent after latching onto a ball behind the Dale defence.

There were four changes to the side that drew with Scunthorpe United last weekend. Goalkeeper Brendan Moore, Harrison McGahey, Bradden Inman and Steven Davies all came in for their first starts of the season.

The opening exchanges were even, with both sides having chances. Jon Nolan and Ollie Rathbone fired wide for either team, whilst James Bolton forced Moore into his first Dale save with a poke goalwards.

Ian Henderson’s 30-yard effort flew just wide, before Dale were awarded a penalty when Inman was felled inside the area. Davies stepped up, and fired into the roof of the net to put Dale ahead.

Morris almost replied instantly when he broke through one-on-one, but Moore was out quickly to deny him with an outstretched arm.

Dale came close to doubling the lead just minutes later, when Davies’ effort from Rathbone’s pull back was blocked. The ball fell back to Davies, who with his back to goal, flicked it up and sent an acrobatic effort just wide.

The hosts were awarded a penalty of their own just before the half hour mark, when Rathbone brought down Nolan inside the area. Whalley stepped up and struck the ball just inside left post, sending Moore the wrong way.

Former Dale man Louis Dodds broke through one-on-one when he picked up on Callum Camps’ loose ball backwards, but Moore held onto his effort despite a stumble.

There was nothing he could do a minute later though, when Shrewsbury took the lead. Alex Rodman’s cross from the left side was perfect for Morris, who stabbed home on the volley from six yards out.

Camps picked up a knock shortly before the break, and was replaced by Jamie Allen who came on to make his 150th Dale appearance.

Shrewsbury had a couple of chances to extend their lead before the break. Bolton curled an effort wide, whilst Rodman was denied by Moore from the edge of the area, before the goalkeeper recovered and denied Ogogo at his near post as he looked to bundle over the line.

Dale made a double substitution at the break, with Joe Bunney and Matt Done replacing Kgosi Ntlhe and Niall Canavan.

The substitutions had the desired effect, as Dale began the second half on top. Davies tested Dean Henderson with a curling effort from distance, whilst the Shrewsbury stopper made a fantastic save from Dale’s Henderson.

Inman’s shot from the edge of the area was controlled by the Dale skipper, whose turn and shot was wonderfully tipped around the post.

A minute later and Dale were awarded their second penalty of the game, when Aristote Nsiala handled an effort from a corner inside the area.

Davies again stepped up, and sent his penalty above the dive of the Shrewsbury stopper for an equaliser.

A super passage of play from Dale almost led to a third shortly after the equaliser. Inman’s ball across was scuffed clear to Rathbone, who fired wide from the edge of the area.

Moore made a fine save with an outstretched foot when Whalley’s ball across came to Rodman at the far post, but he was denied a certain goal by a fantastic stop.

However, there was nothing the Dale stopper could do for Shrewsbury’s winning goal. A Dale clearance came straight back at them, allowing Payne to break through behind the defence and finish excellently beyond Moore.

Dale pushed for a late equaliser they perhaps deserved, but couldn’t find a way through a Shrewsbury side which maintain their 100% league record.


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