Shrewsbury prepare for first pre-season test.

With the Football League season just over a month away Football FanCast’s Shrewsbury Town blogger Liam Hoofe takes a look at how pre-season is shaping up at the New Meadow. 

In three days time Shrewsbury will play their first game of their pre-season campaign as they continue to prepare for life in League One after their promotion from League Two last season.

On Thursday night Town will travel away to Southern League Premier division outfit Evesham United. Whilst Evesham should provide a good run out for the lads, which is always vital ahead of a new season, it shouldn’t be too difficult of a game for Turner’s men.

It will be a decent chance to give some of the less experienced players a run out while also giving the fans a chance to see some of the new faces that have come in during the post season transfer window.  It has been a busy summer for Turner and after some high-profile departures, the new campaign will be something of a rebuilding exercise so pre-season will be vital in working how he can best utilise the new players at the club.

The match also marks an occasion for Evesham United as Shrewsbury will be the first football league side to compete against their side at their new Jubilee stadium, which was opened last week by Ron Atkinson after the club had been homeless for the previous six seasons.

I imagine Graham Turner may play two different sides against Evesham, one in each half. This all gives the fans a good look at the whole squad, seeing areas in which we lack depth and require improvement to perhaps bring more players in before the big kick-off.

All around this should be a good run out for Graham Turner’s men and an enjoyable occasion for Evesham United and their fans.

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