Shrewsbury Town have confirmed that this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Wolves is a sell-out.
Premier league Wolves make the short trip to the Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday.
Thirty miles separates the two clubs geographically, but they are fifty-three places apart in the league tables.
Salop beat Stoke from the Championship in a third-round replay at the Bet365 Stadium to secure their place in the mouth-watering encounter.
The game is given added spice with Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts taking on his old side. Wolves and their manager Nuno Espirito Santo have won many plaudits for their eye-catching return to the Premier League and overcame league leaders Liverpool in the third round.
However, Salop defender Omar Beccles told the Shropshire Star that he was looking forward to a break from the pressure of trying to move away from the League One relegation places but insisted they were not going to turn up just to make up the numbers, “I know it would mean a lot to the fans. We want to win it. It’ll build momentum that we can take into the league.”
There is indeed no lack of FA Cup experience amongst the squad of the Shropshire club. Beccles himself scored the winner for Accrington against Luton two years ago, taking the club into the fourth round for only the second time in their history while defensive partner Luke Waterfall was a vital member of the Lincoln City team that went all the way to the Quarter-finals in 2016/17 when still members of the National League.
Beccles commented, “Some of us have been around enough and played against big-name players.”
“It’s always good to push yourselves against them, we did it against Stoke. It’s another scalp, and confidence boost for some of the young lads as well.”
Shrewsbury’s chances of an upset will be more evident once the teamsheets are announced an hour before kick-off. If Wolves field a severely weakened team they will put themselves under pressure much like Leicester did in the previous round at Newport County. Shrewsbury have been struggling for goals of late but aren’t conceding many either, so if they can stay in the game and get the big crowd behind them, they may be in with a shout of getting a positive result.