CHERRIES crashed out of the LDV Vans Trophy at the first hurdle after they were humbled 3-2 at League Two side Shrewsbury Town. (September 28)

After their giantkilling exploits at Ewood Park six days ago, Sean O'Driscoll's side learned the flip side of cup upsets as the workmanlike, spirited side from the division below ran out deserved winners.

After finding themselves 3-0 down on 66 minutes, Cherries at least managed to give themselves a lifeline with two late strikes.

Brian Stock curled home a free-kick before Stuart Whitehead managed to put through his own goal. But the damage had already been done as Luke Rodgers' first-half shot, Neil Young's bizarre own goal and Richard Logan's opportunist strike ensured it was Shrewsbury who progressed into the next round.

Cherries boss O'Driscoll made four changes from the side that started Saturday's 5-0 demolition of Doncaster. Eddie Howe felt a minor knee problem in the warm-up meaning Derek Holmes was promoted from the substitutes bench.

Young returned from his four-match suspension while Marcus Browning and Gareth Stewart came in for Shaun Maher, John Spicer and Neil Moss.

In an open start to the game, Cherries made a bright early impression and Dani Rodrigues went close to giving the visitors the lead.

Shrewsbury defender Darren Moss's attempted chested back-pass to his goalkeeper fell short allowing the lively Rodrigues to nip in. But Scott Howie was alert to the danger and did well to smother before the striker could round him to slot into an empty net.

The League Two side suffered a blow in the 12th minute as midfielder Ben Smith was stretchered off with a suspected shoulder injury following a full-blooded challenge with Stock.

Stock went close to testing Howie with a long-range drive moments later but it flew over the bar. The first effort on target fell to James Hayter as he showed great technique with a left-footed volley from Garreth O'Connor's flick to force Howie into a flying save to his left.

The Scottish goalkeeper was in action again on the half-hour mark as he dropped to pouch compatriot Derek Holmes's instinctive strike after good link-up play with Rodrigues.

Shrewsbury were giving Stewart little to do at the other end in his first start in a year with only the terrier-like striker Rodgers providing any real threat.

The diminutive forward showed his eagerness to run at defenders and a rising effort had the keeper momentarily worried but the shot arced over the bar.

As the game struggled for any real momentum, the goal the neutrals craved fnally arrived four minutes before half-time as the otherwise unemployed Stewart's first job was to pick the ball out of the net.

Stock's attempted headed backpass dropped woefully short of the intended target and Rodgers showed good anticipation to latch on to it and steer past Stewart.

Although the strike was totally against the run of play, O'Driscoll's troops had failed to capitalise on the better of the clear-cut openings despite the lion's share of possession.

Alan Connell came on at the break replacing Browning but the move failed to pay instant rewards as Jimmy Quinn's side flew out of the blocks on the restart.

Cherries were faced with a mountain to climb to get themselves back in the game as they went two goals adrift just 50 seconds into the second period.

Stewart pulled off a smart save from a fierce blast from Jamie Tolley, but his parry found substitute Ryan Lowe wide on the right.

The winger whipped over a low cross and as Young attempted to cut out the cross, the ball ricocheted off Stewart, back on to Young and nestled in the back of the net for a bizarre goal.

With Cherries failing to find any fluency to get a foothold in the match, it was Shrewsbury who looked the more dangerous outfit.

Just past the hour mark, they could have extended the lead even further but for another good stop from Stewart.

Ross Stephens found himself in masses of room on the left flank, cut in and unleashed a powerful cross shot which the keeper did well to keep out.

The game was as good as up for Cherries midway through the half as Richard Logan tucked in number three from a yard out after Stewart got a touch to Rodgers' angled drive.

Whether this match was physically too much for a weary Cherries squad or the motivation was not as it should be, was hard to tell. But it was certainly a different side to the men who noncholantly ripped through Doncaster to such great effect on Saturday. Stock managed to at least put some respectability on the scoreline when he curled home a glorious free-kick with 18 minutes to go. But in truth, it was one of the few high-points of a disappointing evening in Shropshire.

Connell twice went close in the closing stages to making it a twitchy last few minutes for the home side as his header from Diogo Andrade's cross was well held by Howie. The steady keeper did well again with just a couple of minutes remaining as he denied the striker again following a sloppy backpass from Darren Tinson.

But one minute into injury time, an own goal from Stuart Whitehead reduced the arrears yet further to signal some frenzied calls for the final whistle from the home fans.

James Coutts, on as a sub, made good progress down the right to find Stock and his cross was turned into his own net by the sliding Whitehead with Connell lurking behind him.

While it raised the temperature, it would have been an undeserved fightback from O'Driscoll's side who failed to hit the heights of the weekend's efforts.

But if perhaps he had been given the choice as to which of the games he would lose ahead of the past three fixtures, the Cherries boss would more than likely pick this one.