Northwich Victoria 0 Shrewsbury Town 2

Last updated : 08 January 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Shrewsbury Town completed a holiday double over Northwich Victoria, who have now lost seven games on the trot.

But Vics manager Shaun Teale got a vote of confidence from his opposite number Jimmy Quinn.

"I want Northwich to stay up. I had some good times at the club myself and believe because football is a funny game they might pull through.

"If they sneak a win here and there then they could get some momentum going.

"It was important for us to defend set-pieces well and turn in a good professional performance in terrible conditions. We did it and should have scored more." The statistics bear out Quinn's words. Shrewsbury dominated the entire game and created enough chances to have trebled their score at least.

Vics were reduced to playing on the break and the occasional chance which was never clear cut.

Jake Sedgemore twice, Jody Banim and Darren Tinson all missed chances, though none as glaring as Colin Cramb who put two over the crossbar from close range in the first half.

It was looking as if Northwich would reach the interval intact, but in injury time Ryan Lowe crossed from the right and David Ridler buried a far-post header into the bottom corner.

The pattern of the game did not alter after the break. Banim hit an upright just after the resumption before Cramb made up for his earlier errors just before the hour mark.

Lowe's pass urged Darren Moss down the right flank and his cross was headed home at the near post by Cramb.

The points were then secure as Northwich had little to offer by way of attack and Duane Darby missed Shrewsbury's best chances to increase their lead.