Shrewsbury Town hit a goal in each half as they beat Gillingham to claim their first win in almost two months.

Town left-back Joe Jacobsen met Paul Parry's 17th-minute right-wing corner to calmly loop home a far-post header.

Shrewsbury's only previous win this season was by the same 2-0 scoreline at home to Swindon Town on 17 August

Home keeper Chris Weale made fine saves to keep out Cody McDonald's fierce free-kick and a Callum Davies header.

But on-loan Wolves man Liam McAlinden scored on his debut to settle the outcome on 81 minutes, with a cool finish from Tom Bradshaw's clever pass.

McAlinden's debut goal came just seven minutes after coming on for fellow debutant loan striker Cristian Lopez.

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Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It's a relief to win the game - especially when the final whistle went after six added minutes. We have been conceding so many late goals this season - so this is a great result for us.

"Gillingham are a difficult side to play against with the power and pace - but I feel we did very well today, controlled the game and made it comfortable.

"The contribution from our front men was exceptional - our new signings settled in and I'm confident they can go on and continue to make a contribution."

Gillingham manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent

"I thought we'd done ok. It's not how we've been playing. It was particularly disappointing to lose a goal to a set-piece.

"We never created a great deal. We hit the post and, right at the very end, we had more chances. But it was particularly disappointing to concede a goal like that after all the work we'd done.

"It was a definite penalty (for a pull on Cody McDonald) but we can't do anything about that.

"It's been a fantastic couple of weeks with the players, I just don't think we were at the level we have been for the last few weeks."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Weale
  • 22 Woods
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 08 McAllister (Goldson - 71' )
  • 16 Mkandawire
  • 06 Winfield
  • 11 Taylor
  • 15 Wildig
  • 27 C. López (McAlinden - 74' )
  • 09 Bradshaw
  • 17 Parry (Reach - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Jones
  • 12 McQuade
  • 14 Marsden
  • 18 Goldson
  • 20 McAlinden
  • 23 Reach
  • 25 Anyon

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 18 Lee
  • 03 Martin
  • 19 Hollands
  • 26 Barrett
  • 05 Davies
  • 14 Allen Booked
  • 12 Gregory (German - 70' )
  • 10 McDonald
  • 09 Kedwell (Akinfenwa - 82' )
  • 07 Whelpdale (Weston - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Linganzi
  • 06 Legge
  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 11 Weston
  • 15 Dack
  • 16 German
  • 21 Howard
Ref: Graham Salisbury
Att: 5,129

Match Stats

Shots

17 11

On target

5 5

Corners

8 5

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Gillingham 0.

90:00 +6:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Gillingham 0.

90:00 +4:27

Attempt missed. Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +1:50

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town).

90:00 +1:50

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:30

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

90:00 +1:15

Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:35

Liam McAlinden (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:35

Foul by Antonio German (Gillingham).

89:51

Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

86:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Adam Reach replaces Paul Parry.

85:55

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

84:38

Attempt missed. Charlie Allen (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

83:13

Liam McAlinden (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:13

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

82:11

Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:11

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

81:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Danny Kedwell.

80:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Gillingham 0. Liam McAlinden (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw.

79:34

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Danny Hollands.

79:00

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

76:51

Attempt missed. Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

74:22

Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:22

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

73:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Liam McAlinden replaces Cristian.

73:31

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:31

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

72:45

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is too high.

70:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Connor Goldson replaces David McAllister.

70:31

Attempt missed. Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

69:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Antonio German replaces Steven Gregory.

68:33

Attempt saved. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

65:03

Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

63:42

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

63:28

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

62:48 Booking

Booking Charlie Allen (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

62:21

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:21

Foul by Charlie Allen (Gillingham).

60:04

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

59:26

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

57:21

Foul by Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town).

57:21

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:00

Callum Davies (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56:59

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town).

55:57

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

51:47

Attempt saved. Callum Davies (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

51:13

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

51:13

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:00

Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:59

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

47:01

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town).

47:01

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:28

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

45:35

Attempt missed. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Myles Weston replaces Chris Whelpdale.

45:00

Second Half begins Shrewsbury Town 1, Gillingham 0.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Gillingham 0.

45:00 +1:48

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) header from the left side of the box misses to the left.

45:00 +1:29

Foul by Cristian (Shrewsbury Town).

45:00 +1:29

Danny Hollands (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:59

Attempt missed. Cristian (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

45:00 +0:28

Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:28

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

44:17

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by David McAllister.

43:52

Foul by Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town).

43:52

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:45

Attempt saved. Cristian (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

40:28

Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:28

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

37:09

Foul by Cristian (Shrewsbury Town).

37:09

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:01

David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:01

Foul by Danny Hollands (Gillingham).

34:18

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

33:10

Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

32:21

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

32:21

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:52

Attempt missed. Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

30:21

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Charlie Lee.

27:56

Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:43

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

23:00

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Paul Parry.

22:28

Foul by Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town).

22:28

Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:55

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

16:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Gillingham 0. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Parry with a cross.

16:03

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Callum Davies.

13:05

David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:05

Foul by Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham).

11:19

Foul by Cristian (Shrewsbury Town).

11:19

Callum Davies (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:43

Attempt missed. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

8:00

Attempt missed. Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

7:20

Cristian (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:20

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

6:26

Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:26

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

4:37

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

4:08

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Danny Hollands.

2:27

Attempt saved. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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