Ryan Watson scored the only goal as Northampton Town beat Shrewsbury Town at the PTS Academy Stadium.

The 1-0 win was secured by the midfielder’s goal just before the half-hour mark in the contest.

With the rest of the league’s bottom six all losing, it means that Jon Brady’s side have opened a three point lead on the relegation zone and moved up to 19th.

Ahead of the Good Friday meeting, a minute’s silence was held in honour of Lee Collins, who had played for both Northampton and Shrewsbury and whose death was confirmed yesterday (01/04). Both teams also wore black armbands.

During a cagey opening phase, Shrewsbury had a goal disallowed for offside, before Northampton had a big chance when Sam Hoskins forced Matija Sarkic into a save.

That chance encouraged Northampton’s attacking instincts, and a few moments later, they would open the scoring. Watson was picked out by Peter Kioso’s cross and was able to guide it past Sarkic. It was the midfielder’s 7th goal in 11 matches.

Watson would then see a chance for a second denied by Sarkic moments later. Shrewsbury would then pass up a great chance to equalise, after Harry Chapman headed Nathanael Ogbeta over. After that, Hoskins would be denied by Sarkic in the final moments of the first half.

The second half would see very few opportunities created. Shrewsbury would have a few chances blocked or go over, with the only real hit on target seeing Jonathan Mitchell deny a Chapman long ranger.

Later on, Kioso would see a strike denied by Sarkic while Hoskins hit the side netting in the final stages.

But Northampton had ultimately done enough to bounce back from last weekend’s dramatic defeat by AFC Wimbledon with three points.