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4 August 2017

On Saturday we kick-off the Sky Bet season against Northampton To

As is usually the case at the start of the season, I am writing to you from a campsite, this time in Delft. I shall miss the first game of the season but I don't need to see it to preview it so here goes for the first one of the 2017/8 season!

We face Northampton Town, who like us have signed a few players over the summer but I'll go into more detail later.

Last season The Cobblers finished with a couple of points more than us which made them finish the season a couple of places ahead of us. The start of last season saw them draw their first five games and they had a couple of poor patches but over all had more than enough to stay in League One last season, they may have finished much higher were it not for a sticky patch toward the end of the season.

The Manager-Justin Edinburgh

Probably better known by many for the near 200 game spell he spent with Tottenham Hotspur between 1990 and 2000. The ex-left back started his career with nearly forty appearances for Southend United and also had a 35 game spell with Portsmouth at the end of career. As a manager I first heard of him when he was in charge at Newport County but he's been with four other non-league teams before that, Billericay, Fisher Athletic, Greys Athletic and Rushden. But it was with Newport that he had his first real managerial success when he took them from the conference to League Two via the Conference play-off final in 2013. He kept them up the following season. Newport was going quite well in League Two when Edinburgh left for Gillingham. He kept the Gills in League One that season, finished ninth the following season but was sacked the following season (2016/7). January 2017, Edinburgh was appointed manager of League One club Northampton Town on a two-and-a-half-year contract and guided them to a mid-table finish.

Referee

Sebastian Stockbridge from Tyne and Wear. Games last season: 41. Yellow Cards: 161. Red Cards 9!
Gareth Mellor and Craig Taylor
Fourth Official: Oliver Bickle

Team News

Town-Joe Riley will sit this one out but everyone else is available.

Cobblers-Northampton manager Justin Edinburgh has a few players unavailable. Midfielder Sam Foley and forward Sam Hoskins are still suffering from lengthy knee injuries. Fellow midfielders, John-Joe O'Toole (groin) and Shaun McWilliams (ankle). Defender Brendan Moloney (hamstring) is also out.

Players

Last seasons top goalscorers Marc Richards and Jon-Joe O'Toole are still with the club with 35 year-old Richards signing a one-year deal after being described by his manager as “a captain and a leader”. O’Toole is a goal scoring midfielder who has become a Cobblers favourite, with fans going as far as wearing wigs and hairbands to emulate their hero.

This closed season Northampton have bolstered their attacking options to help the previously mentioned Richards and O'Toole, with the likes of Billy Waters, Dean Bowditch, Chris Long, Leon Lobjoit and Daniel Powell. They all have attack in mind, which may give us a clue to how Northampton may try to play although I doubt they'll play all of them at the same time!

Prediction

I spent the whole of pre-season predicting draws against EFL opposition and we won them all so I think I may try the same approach, just in case it has somehow brought us some luck.   “There is no such thing as an easy game” is the well-worn platitude I have decided to employ this weekend, mainly as it's true and also because I have no form to talk about for a few weeks! I really have a good feeling about some of the players Paul Hurst has brought in, they seem to be instilled with the right attitude and hopefully that will give us a season we can be proud of.

Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Northampton Town

COYB!!!

Marcus Braddock

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Match Reports

Town 1 Northampton 0

John-Lewis strikes late for Town

5 August 2017

Town: Dean Henderson, Mat Sadler, Shaun Whalley (Arthur Gnahoua 79), Abu Ogogo, Carlton Morris (Lenell John-Lewis 79), Junior Brown, James Bolton, Bryn Morris, Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman
Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Louis Dodds, Arthur Gnahoua, Ebou Adams, Zak Jules, Niall Ennis, Lenell John-Lewis

Northampton Town: David Cornell, David Buchanan, Leon Barnett, Ash Taylor, Billy Waters (Chris Long 64), Marc Richards (Alex Revell 73), Daniel Powell, Dean Bowditch, Aaron Pierre, Matt Crooks, Matt Taylor (Yaser Kasim 64)
Subs: James Goff, Yaser Kasim, Alex Revell, Leon Lobjoit, Aaron Phillips, Chris Long, Regan Poole

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistants: Gareth Mellor and Craig Taylor
Fourth Official: Oliver Bickle
Attendance: 5736 (1053)

A 92nd minute goal from Lenell John-Lewis gave Town a thrilling opening day win. Town had been the better side throughout, but the game appeared to be heading for a stalemate, until John-Lewis met an Alex Rodman to send the Montgomery Waters Meadow into pandemonium.

Team News:
Paul Hurst starts four of the eleven new signings this summer. Dean Henderson starts in goal, James Bolton at right-back, Jon Nolan in central midfield and Carlton Morris on the bench. Bryn Morris is given the nod ahead of Louis Dodds, who starts on the bench, as Town start with a 4-5-1 formation. Six of the new signings make up the bench, with only Dan James missing out.

First Half:
There were just two minutes on the clock when Town created the first chance of the game. A Junior Brown throw-in found its way to Alex Rodman who ran past a couple of defenders before playing in Jon Nolan, but his shot was well blocked from the edge of the box.  

It was certainly Town who had the better of the opening 10 minutes and they managed to get around the sides of the Northampton back three on a couple of occasions, but the likes of Whalley and Brown couldn’t find a blue and amber body with the final ball.

Despite Town’s early dominance it was Northampton that came closest to taking the lead when Dean Henderson was beaten to a through ball by Dean Bowditch, Bowditch rounded the Town ‘keeper but his shot was cleared off the line by Toto Nsiala.

Nsiala almost turned goalscorer at the other end when Jon Nolan recycled a Town free-kick and cut the ball back for the big centre-half, but his shot was blocked behind for a corner, which he headed wide from Shaun Whalley’s delivery.

Carlton Morris had the difficult task of leading the line against a Northampton back-three who all towered above 6ft. However, the Norwich loanee stuck to his task well in the opening 45 minutes and had a couple of half-chances without really testing David Cornell in the Cobblers goal.

With less than five minutes of the half remaining Town had a decent penalty shout turned down. Some intricate passing between Whalley, Rodman and Nolan on the Town left presented Whalley with a great shooting opportunity and his powerful drive appeared to be blocked by the arm of Matt Taylor, but referee Stockbridge waved away the appeals.

Half Time: 0-0
Town started the second half on the front foot and made good break within the opening minute of the half as Alex Rodman released Jon Nolan down the right. Nolan got to the edge of the box before cutting it back for Rodman, but his first time shot was blocked by Ash Taylor.

Rodman was looking Town’s biggest threat and he created another good chance when he played a delicious through ball into the path of Carlton Morris in the left channel. Morris did well to cut the ball back for Shaun Whalley, but he couldn’t make the necessary connection from eight yards out and it trickled agonisingly wide.

On 64 minutes the whole crowd rose to applaud Chris Smith. The club legend sadly passed away this summer and as a mark of respect a minute’s applause was held with his picture donning the big screen.

Town were denied a penalty for a second time on 67 minutes when neat interplay down the Town left allowed Rodman to cut the ball back for Abu Ogogo. Ogogo appeared to be tripped by a Northampton man as he made a late run into the box, but Stockbridge saw it as a dive and awarded a yellow card to the Town skipper.
 
Northampton offered little in attached and Dean Henderson’s first save of the second half came with just 15 minutes remaining when substitute Alex Revell headed towards goal from a corner, but Henderson comfortably gathered the effort.

With the game beginning to peter out, Town made their first substitutions of the game with just 11 minutes left on the clock as Lenell John-Lewis replaced Carlton Morris and Arthur Gnahoua came on for Shaun Whalley.

Despite the changes, it was Northampton who would have their best spell of the game as the game ticked towards its conclusion, with Leon Barnett having two acrobatic efforts well blocked in quick succession.

Town pushed for a winner and they won a corner as the clock ticked over the 90 minute mark, but David Cornell was able to gather after headers from James Bolton and Junior Brown.

With just three minutes of stoppage time Town didn’t have long to find a winner, but they did so as Alex Rodman broke down the left before crossing for Lenell John-Lewis who side footed past Cornell much to the delight of the Town crowd.

There was still time for a heart in the mouths moment as Nsiala committed a foul right on the edge of the box, but the Northampton effort was blocked and Town managed to scramble it to safety.

Full Time: 1-0

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Northampton Town Ticket Details

4 August 2017

Shrewsbury Town v Northampton Town
Saturday 5th August – 3:00pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Northampton Town.

This game is valid for Season Ticket holders and they can turn up on the day and scan there card for stadium entry.

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on the day of the match.

Ticket prices for a 2017/18 Sky Bet League One fixture can be found here.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:
•    In person at the Greenhous Meadow ticket office
•    By calling 01743 273943
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Tickets bought online can be printed at home and scanned for stadium entry.

We are still finalising plans for this season’s Flexi Tickets and details on this will be available on the club website once these are decided upon.

If you are interested in coming as a youth group then we provide free tickets for groups of up to 25 people - for more details click here

There are several options for the game if you would like to sample our matchday hospitality, you can see this here - Matchday Hospitality - or contact out Commercial team here - commercial@shrewsburytown.co.uk

If you can't make it to the game you cn listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

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