Shrewsbury Town left frustrated as Fleetwood Town secure a 2-0 win at Montgomery Waters Meadow.
Shrewsbury Town's afternoon ended in disappointment as Fleetwood Town secured a 2-0 win at Montgomery Waters Meadow.
A goal in both halves for the visitors was the difference between the two sides as the Cod Army left Shropshire with all three points.
However, it was Town who had the first chance to take the lead. Harry Chapman played a beautiful ball around the corner for Nathanael Ogbeta. The defender played a low cross into the six-yard area but it was just out the reach of the on-rushing Curtis Main.
The away side grew into the game and registered their first effort on goal through left-back Danny Andrew. The Cod Army defender struck from distance and forced a save out of Matija Sarkic to keep the Shrews level.
With a couple of minutes left in the half, Salop sprung into life with Town pressing Fleetwood into a mistake. The ball found its way to Shaun Whalley who struck from distance but it was easy pickings for Alex Cairns.
Right on the stroke of halftime, it was the away side who took the lead. Wes Burns drove infield bringing the ball back onto his right foot and fired in from outside the box -making it one-nil at the break.
In the second-half, Chapman had a chance to equalise through a freekick from around 30 yards out. His effort cleared the wall but was right down the throat of Cairns in the Fleetwood goal.
The visitors doubled their advantage with 20 minutes left to play. The ball was slipped into the area, splitting the defence, for Kyle Vassell who was able to bring it under control and find the bottom corner.
It was the substitute Goss who looked the most likely for Salop. The midfield man struck a freekick into the area that was cleared he then followed in won the second ball and got a shot away but it was again easy for Cairns to deal with. Despite Salop’s best efforts, they could not find a way back into the game.
Salop: Matija Sarkic, Josh Daniels (Sean Goss, 45), Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Ro-Shaun Williams, Matthew Pennington (Brad Walker, 68), Nathanael Ogbeta, David Davis (David Edwards, 75) Josh Vela, Harry Chapman (Dan Udoh, 75), Curtis Main (Rekeil Pyke, 75) Shaun Whalley.
Subs not used: Harry Burgoyne, Ryan Sears.
Fleetwood: Alex Cairns, Danny Andrew, Callum Connolly, Wes Burns (Harrison Holgate, 90), Callum Camps, Jordan Rossiter, Kyle Vassell (Paddy Madden, 78) Dan Batty (Sam Finley, 88), Ged Garner (Harvey Saunders, 78), James Hill (Janoi Donacial, 78) Ryan Rydel.
Subs not used: Joel Coleman, Mark Duffy.
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Assistants: Lee Venamore and Richard Wil
Fourth Official: Steven Meredith