Cheltenham Town battled hard to a 2-2 draw against Leaguge One Shrewsbury Town at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium as the impressive Tahvon Campbell bagged a brace.
Cheltenham looked to have held onto a well fought victory after coming from behind with a brace from the forward, until a 79th minute Abo Eisa equaliser held them to a draw.
The Robins came into their fourth game of pre-season looking to continue to improve with the beginning of their League Two campaign looming.
The game started off slow with neither side looking to up the intensity early on, with every rare attack that did occur showing both sides look to be well drilled defensively, with the keepers being rarely threatened.
The game continued to be slow until the 23rd minute when Shrewsbury’s Shaun Whalley was left in space just inside of Cheletenham’s box where his curling effort found the top right hand corner leaving Lovett with no chance.
Cheltenham began to look more threatening in attack when Chris Clements whipped a dangerous looking ball across the face of the goal just out of Campbell’s reach. Eisa also came close for Shrewsbury when he saw his shot from just outside the box hit the bar.
The Robins snatched an equaliser in the 43rd minute when Clements corner was headed down into Campbell who kept his composure to slot it into the back of the net.
The intensity began to step up in the second half when an excellent piece of play led to Campbell winning a penalty in the 58th minute, he then stepped up to calmly finish his penalty to put the Robins into the lead.
Cheletnham continued to have their chances as Clements saw his free-kick narrowly fly over the bar.
The visitors responded well though stepping up the pressure looking for an equaliser.
Cheltenham defended well managing to keep their opponents out, until the 79th minute, when they were caught out on the counter attack by Eisa who found the bottom corner of the net to earn his side a draw.
Cheltenham Town (3-5-2): Lovett, Long, Raglan, Tozer (c), Bowry (Horton 68), Boyle, Ince (Brennan 60), Broom (Chamberlain 73), Clements, Addai, Campbell (Varney 73)
Shrewsbury Town (3-5-2): Gregory, Davies, Waterfall, Beckles, Barnett, Rowland (Lloyd 89), Edwards(c) (Taylor 45), Eisa, Udoh (Mwandwe 87), Whalley
Referee: John Busby