Shropshire Star sports reporter Lewis Cox gives us the lowdown on Wycombe Wanderers' opponents, Shrewsbury Town, ahead of Saturday's match at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

How would you assess Shrewsbury's season as a whole after last season’s promotion?

Stop-start, plagued with inconsistency, sadly, and that shows in their league position. They have a squad better than where it is but haven't been able to get any form of consistent results together.

John Askey was sacked in November and, under caretaker stewardship of Danny Coyne and Eric Ramsay, Town clicked into gear and went on a fine run. Things have been a little difficult at times since but they have shown decent form in recent weeks, which was ended in frustrating style at Rochdale on Saturday and Plymouth on Tuesday.

Expectations after reaching the play-off final last season...

Expectations rose but Shrews would have desperately wanted to build on what Paul Hurst and his team achieved last season. The replacement did not work out and it feels somewhat like they are building again under Sam Ricketts who, to his credit, got some decent players in January and results have improved. It's stay up by hook or crook time - and they have the quality to stay up - and go properly from the summer.

What is the feeling around the fans and club currently with the bottom of League One so tight?

Fans are very apprehensive and concerned about the prospect of relegation. They feel they have seen little this season to comfort them about staying up - however the recent form has shown that Town can beat some of the better sides in the division and most believes the quality is there to get them over the line. It is ridiculously tight and one set of results can change everything, so the emotions are on something of a rollercoaster. Ricketts won't be able to put his true stamp on Town until the summer at the earliest, so it's all about keeping theirs heads above the water.

How should Wycombe expect Shrewsbury to set up at Montgomery Waters Meadow?

They play a three-man defence with wing-backs under Ricketts and three in midfield behind two centre-forward. It has been the best system they've tried this season and looked to make them more solid at the back until recently. Ricketts likes to control games and play the ball about dragging the opposition out of place.

Who is the dangerman?

Probably Tyrese Campbell. An inspired loan from Stoke in January. The exciting 19-year-old plays on the shoulder and has searing pace. He did net three in three but has since gone three without a goal.

And a predicted line-up?


Arnold; Williams, Waterfall, Bolton; Whalley, Edwards, Norburn (c), Haynes; Docherty; Okenabirhie, Campbell.