Unlucky Rovers held to draw
Shrewton United 1 Welton Rovers 1
Welton Rovers were unlucky not to pick up all three points after a much-improved performance at Shrewton United on Saturday.
The only down side was a serious knee injury to new signing Callum Stewart, which saw him taken to Salisbury hospital by ambulance. The club have wished him a speedy recovery.
Rovers manager Stuart Minall brought two new signings into the starting line-up, with Stewart in the back four and Paul Banks up front.
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Welton took the game to the home side, with Barry Sandquist and Ryan Gay combining well but the latter's shot was cleared for a corner.
The game was delayed for a few minutes when Welton full-back Dan Scrivens got a boot in the face but Welton continued to press and a terrific shot on the turn from Gay forced Shrewton keeper Chris Brewer to pull off an outstanding one-handed save.
Lewis Palmer fired in a thunderous shot from the edge of the area but Brewer launched himself across his goal to deny the visitors again.
Another fine attacking move from Welton involving Banks, Gay and Luke Palmer ended with Gay's final shot saved by the hosts' star player.
It was all Welton and clever play from Banks saw him turn his marker inside out and fire in a cracking shot that grazed the post.
Stewart's injury came on the half-hour and resulted in a 13-minute delay, with Greg Dando coming on in his place.
United's first attack of the game came when a shot from Archy Wilkinson flashed across the Welton goal just before the break.
The first action of the second half saw Banks break free of the Shrewton defence and, as the keeper raced out to close him down, he calmly slotted the ball goalwards, only to see it hit a bump in the pitch and miss the target.
The home side were beginning to get more into the game and a shot from Dean Foot flew over the Welton bar, while Jack Metcalf set Palmer up at the other end but his effort went wide.
Gay headed over from a corner and went close again as Welton pushed forward, with Palmer also just off target.
The breakthrough finally came with five minutes remaining when Gay pounced on a good through ball and calmly shot into the far corner to give Rovers a deserved lead.
However, the match was not finished and a poor pass was pounced upon by Foot for Shrewton and he rounded Welton keeper Clayton Dando before firing into the empty net.