Section: Shrewsbury

League 2: Shrewsbury 1-1 Southend

Debutant Tyrone Barnett hit a late equaliser for Shrewsbury against Southend to keep up his new side’s unbeaten home League Two record.

But it could not prevent the morning leaders being knocked off the top, as Burton and Wycombe both won.

Barnett fired home with his left foot from inside the penalty area with five minutes remaining.

Midfielder Jack Payne had put Southend ahead when he found the top-right corner with a right-foot shot.

Shrewsbury still boast the best home record in the country, having now won 12 and drawn three of their 15 league games, conceding just six goals.

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League 2: Exeter 3-2 Shrewsbury

Tom Nichols scored in stoppage time as Exeter came from 2-0 down to end Shrewsbury’s run of six successive League Two wins.

James Collins gave the Shrews a two-goal lead with a long-range strike and a tap-in.

Nichols reduced the deficit when he turned in Matt Grimes’ cross, with David Wheeler heading the equaliser.

Nichols nodded over keeper Jayson Leutwiler for the winner to lift Exeter to ninth in the table.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

“The disappointing thing today is that we have three big centre halves who have been brilliant all season – but today we weren’t close enough to people.

“To get to the second half with a two goal lead and lose an early goal so easily, when you are playing three centre backs, that was not good enough.

“Credit to Exeter who have thrown everything at us, to turn around a two goal lead and score three times in the second half is something you can’t afford to let slip through your hands.

“It’s difficult to blame the whole group of players from our point of view – but today we were a bit loose in the box and we got punished for it.”

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FA Cup: Walsall 2-2 Shrewsbury

Walsall top scorer Tom Bradshaw scored twice against former club Shrewsbury Town to earn an FA Cup first round replay.

After Bradshaw found the bottom right corner to cancel out defender Mark Ellis’s early first-half opener, James Collins put Shrewsbury back in front.

His shot from outside the box looked to have avenged Shrewsbury’s 3-0 Cup first-round exit at Walsall a year ago.

But Bradshaw levelled again to rescue Dean Smith’s Saddlers on 90 minutes.

He deflected in a shot from Paul Downing for his ninth goal of the season just when the League Two side, who put out three higher-ranked teams on their way to this season’s League Cup fourth round, were scenting another upset.

Town led inside five minutes when an inswinging corner from Liam Lawrence was only partially cleared and big defender Ellis slammed a low drive into the net from 10 yards.

Bradshaw then equalised in the 56th minute with a low drive from Romaine Sawyers’ pass, only for Shrewsbury to regain the lead five minutes later, when Collins deflected in Andy Mangan’s free-kick.

But Bradshaw popped up again to book his return to the Greenhous Meadow on Tuesday week (18 November, 19:45 GMT).

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