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Loan Watch: Eaves bags brace

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Young Bolton forward Tom Eaves has been on loan to Shrewsbury Town on 21 February. Since then, he's played five matches for the Shrews, who were struggling in League One. Town, who were promoted from League Two following last season's campaign, are trying to ensure their status for next season and Tom Eaves' goals are there to help. The tall striker was previously on loan at League Two side Bristol Rovers, where he scored seven times in 16 appearances.

Shrewsbury Town took on MK Dons at the Stadium mk in Tuesday's match with Dons 11 points better off than them. A loss and other results going against them could have seen Shrews thrust deep into the relegation battle. It was Tom Eaves though that would prove to be the vital man in this match, bagging a brace before an own goal ultimately won it for Shrewsbury Town.

The young striker bagged a first-half brace with two good goals from the edge of the area. The first came on 16 minutes with Eaves turning the defender and giving himself a bit of space to fire into the bottom corner from distance. The second came a few minutes later, again outside the box. This one was from a tighter angle and with the defender shielding Dons' goalkeeper, Eaves' curling effort sailed into the back of the net.

The win means that Shrewsbury maintain a bit of breathing room, still in 18th place but three points clear of the drop zone. Eaves maintains a great goalscoring ratio with three goals in five games now. Eaves' loan at Shrewsbury town is set to last for only two more weeks.