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Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Northampton Town

Substitute Lenell John-Lewis scored a 92nd-minute winner as Shrewsbury Town began their League One campaign with victory over Northampton.

Experienced striker John-Lewis, one of Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst's 11 summer signings, converted Alex Rodman's low cross from the left to wrap up three points with time running out.

Shrewsbury enjoyed more of the possession in a goalless first half but the best chance fell Northampton's way in the 17th minute when Dean Bowditch's effort was cleared off the line by Toto Nsiala.

Big defender Nsiala then had a shot blocked at the other end before heading a Shaun Whalley cross wide.

Rodman was next to threaten for Shrewsbury when he cut inside and fired wide of the near post from 20 yards.

Junior Brown headed off target for the hosts early in the second half while Northampton found chances hard to come by with little to concern Shrewsbury keeper Dean Henderson.

Just as deadlock looked likely, Shrewsbury were rewarded with time almost up when Jon Nolan, classy in midfield, set up Rodman to cross for John-Lewis to fire home from 12 yards to seal the club's first opening day win since 2010.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Henderson
  • 13Bolton
  • 22Nsiala
  • 5Sadler
  • 12Brown
  • 7WhalleySubstituted forGnahouaat 79'minutes
  • 8OgogoBooked at 67mins
  • 20NolanBooked at 86mins
  • 23Rodman
  • 16Morris
  • 9MorrisSubstituted forJohn-Lewisat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Dodds
  • 11Gnahoua
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 15MacGillivray
  • 17Adams
  • 18Jules
  • 19Ennis

Northampton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Cornell
  • 16Pierre
  • 5Barnett
  • 6Taylor
  • 3Buchanan
  • 11Powell
  • 22CrooksBooked at 56mins
  • 31TaylorSubstituted forKasimat 64'minutes
  • 15Bowditch
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forRevellat 73'minutes
  • 7WatersSubstituted forLongat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kasim
  • 10Revell
  • 12Lobjoit
  • 18Phillips
  • 19Long
  • 25Goff
  • 26Poole
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
5,736

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Northampton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Revell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town).

  5. Post update

    Chris Long (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Northampton Town 0. Lenell John-Lewis (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Rodman with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match David Buchanan (Northampton Town) because of an injury.

  9. Booking

    Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town).

  11. Post update

    Yaser Kasim (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lenell John-Lewis (Shrewsbury Town).

  13. Post update

    Matt Crooks (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Arthur Gnahoua.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Buchanan (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Arthur Gnahoua replaces Shaun Whalley.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Lenell John-Lewis replaces Carlton Morris.

  18. Post update

    Carlton Morris (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ash Taylor (Northampton Town).

  20. Post update

    James Bolton (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fleetwood11002023
2Oxford Utd11002023
3Portsmouth11002023
4Bradford11002113
5Peterborough11002113
6Southend11002113
7Bury11001013
8Charlton11001013
9Shrewsbury11001013
10Wigan11001013
11Wimbledon10101101
12Scunthorpe10101101
13Doncaster10100001
14Gillingham10100001
15Blackburn100112-10
16Blackpool100112-10
17Plymouth100112-10
18Bristol Rovers100101-10
19MK Dons100101-10
20Northampton100101-10
21Walsall100101-10
22Oldham100102-20
23Rochdale100102-20
24Rotherham100102-20
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