Shrewsbury Town 2 Northampton Town 0

Last updated : 21 August 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Shrewsbury Town registered their first points of the season - when two second half goals without reply gave them victory over previously unbeaten Northampton Town.

While Shrews' manager Jimmy Quinn was delighted with the outcome, it was a day his opposite number Colin Calderwood will want to forget in a hurry.

The Cobblers arrived late at Gay Meadow, causing the kick-off to be delayed by 15 minutes - which is sure to incur the wrath of The Football League - with the visitors finishing this often tempestuous encounter with only nine players, having a player red carded in each half.

First to go was Ryan Amoo who, following a second minute caution, was shown a straight red on 26 minutes for a two-footed lunge at Ben Smith - with Bernard Cozic following him down the tunnel in the 69th minute for a second bookable offence.

Following an untidy first half, Shrewsbury finally broke the deadlock six minutes after the restart when, on his home debut, former Telford United striker John Grant headed home firmly from six yards.

The outcome was put beyond all doubt with ten minutes remaining as the impressive Smith steered home a Luke Rodgers cross from close range top ensure Shrewsbury's first points of the season.