SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday October 7th, 3.00pm
SHREWSBURY TOWN 1
Dan Udoh 90
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 5,772 (760 Cobblers fans)
Shrewsbury: Marko Marosi, Morgan Feeney (sub Jason Sraha 84), Carl Winchester, Dan Udoh, Taylor Perry (sub Elliott Bennett 43), Tom Bayliss (sub Ryan Bowman 60), Chey Dunkley, Brandon Fleming, Max Mata (sub Kieran Phillips 60), Tom Flanagan, Nohan Kenneh
Subs not used: Harry Burgoyne, Mal Benning, Tunmise Sobowale
Cobblers: Lee Burge, Akin Odimayo (sub Harvey Lintott 84), Patrick Brough, Sam Sherring, Manny Monthe, Marc Leonard, Shaun McWilliams (sub Ali Koiki 90), Mitch Pinnock, Sam Hoskins, Louis Appere (sub Tyreece Simpson 51), Kieron Bowie (sub Ben Fox 84)
Subs not used: Max Thompson, Aaron McGowan, Jordan Willis
Referee: Carl Brook
Shrewsbury: Nohan Kenneh (4)
Cobblers: Mitch Pinnock (20), Louis Appere (37), Patrick Brough (45)
Manny Monthe came into the Cobblers side for the trip to Shrewsbury with skipper Jon Guthrie unavailable for selection after picking up an injury in the midweek win over Reading. New signing former Coventry and Sunderland defender Jordan Willis was named on the bench alongside the fit again Ali Koiki.
Sam Hoskins, making his 350th appearance for the club, had a shot blocked after a fairly quiet opening fifteen minutes while Max Mata spurned a good chance to open the scoring for Shrewsbury midway through the first half.
A flowing Cobblers move saw Mitch Pinnock, played in by Kieron Bowie, force a fine save from Marko Marosi and Louis Appere was almost in for the opening goal after some more good build-up play involving Bowie and Marc Leonard but in a first half of very few chances neither side could make the breakthrough.
Lee Burge saved comfortably from Dan Udoh at the start of the second half before Tyreece Simpson replaced Appere in an early change from Jon Brady.
Hoskins volleyed just wide from the edge of the area while Shrews substitute Ryan Bowman failed to test Burge from 8-yards as the game started to open up.
The Cobblers had a chance to take the lead when referee Carl Brook pointed to the spot after Chey Dunkley brought down Bowie but Hoskins' penalty cannoned off the underside of the crossbar.
In a close game there was to be a late sting in the tail with Dan Udoh scoring from a tight angle in the 91st minute to clinch the three points for Shrewsbury. The Cobblers battled hard in injury time but the home side held on.
SHREWSBURY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (3) 3
FOULS: (4) 7
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 5
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 8
CORNERS: (4) 10
FOULS: (7) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3