Shrewsbury 1 Hull City 1

Last updated : 29 October 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Striker Ian Stevens chose a timely moment to reopen his Shrewsbury Town goal scoring account - striking ninety seconds from time to secure the Gay Meadow side a point from their home match with Hull City.

Re-signed by Town boss Kevin Ratcliffe in the summer, Stevens has struggled to hold down a regular starting place in his second spell with Shrewsbury but after entering the fray as a 77th minute substitute, he turned home an Ian Woan free-kick when all looked lost for Shrewsbury.

Up to this point Hull, rejuvenated by new boss Peter Taylor, looked set to leave Gay Meadow with all three points after Stuart Elliot had fired them ahead on the hour.

In a low key first-half, played on a rain sodden surface, Hull went closest to breaking the deadlock when their man-of-the-match, the impressive Ian Ashbee, fired a shot against the woodwork.

By way of reply, Shrewsbury always carried a threat through hotshot striker Luke Rodgers, but he had little opportunity to add to his eight goal tally for the season.

Two minutes after the break, Town skipper Nigel Jemson went crashing in the box only for the penalty claims to be turned down, as they were again shortly afterwards when Rodgers was sent sprawling.

After Hull went in front Shrewsbury responded with a lengthy spell of pressure, but it seemed certain to amount to nothing until Stevens' late strike