Luke Leahy stole the show as Shrewsbury Town got back to winning ways at home with a thumping 5-1 victory over relegation-threatened Cambridge.
The Salop skipper bookended a brilliant win and set up two others in their first victory at home since 10 December, while visitors Cambridge sunk deeper into trouble with a fourth straight defeat.
Town started strongly but the U’s held firm until Paul Digby gifted the hosts a penalty when he felled Matthew Pennington.
Leahy got the party started from the spot as he scored for a second game running in the 31st minute.
Jordan Shipley sent the hosts into the break with a two-goal cushion as he chalked up a first league goal since October with a stunning 20-yard strike in first-half stoppage time.
Defender Pennington powered home his sixth goal of the season from Leahy’s corner just before the hour.
Joe Ironside clawed one back for the downbeat visitors before Christian Saydee completed a dazzling run with a neat finish 20 minutes from time.
Leahy completed a brilliant performance with a fifth at the end to take Steve Cotterill’s side, 4-0 winners at Burton last weekendto a goal tally of nine in two games.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 6MooreSubstituted forBennettat 82′minutes
- 7WinchestersSubstituted forBaylissat 68′minutes
- 14streetSubstituted forBowmanat 74′minutes
- 24SaydeeSubstituted forBloxhamat 83′minutes
- 15OKedinaBooked at 45mins
- 21BennettBooked at 19minsSubstituted forTaylorat 76′minutes
- 4DigbyBooked at 32mins
- 27WormanBooked at 12mins
- 18TraceySubstituted forIronsideat 64′minutes
- 26knibbsSubstituted forLankesterat 65′minutes
- Thomas Kirk
Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 5, Cambridge United 1.
Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 5, Cambridge United 1.
Attempt blocked. Ryan Bowman (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Luke Leahy.
Jubril Okedina (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Bowman (Shrewsbury Town).
Goal! Shrewsbury Town 5, Cambridge United 1. Luke Leahy (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the center of the box to the top left corner.
Foul by Joe Ironside (Cambridge United).
Cheyenne Dunkley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Joe Ironside (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Smith with a headed pass.
Sam Smith (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Shrewsbury Town).
Attempt missed. Jordan Shipley (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Bloxham.
Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Tom Bloxham replaces Christian Saydee.
Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Elliott Bennett replaces Taylor Moore.
Attempt missed. Jordan Shipley (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Ryan Bowman.
Attempt blocked. Tom Bayliss (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Granted by George Williams.
Attempt blocked. Christian Saydee (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Bayliss.
Substitution, Cambridge United. Greg Taylor replaces Ryan Bennett.
Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Ryan Bowman replaces Robert Street.