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Result: Shrewsbury Town take lead in League One playoff semi-final against Charlton Athletic

Shrewsbury Town take the initiative in their League One playoff semi-final thanks to a 1-0 first-leg win at Charlton Athletic on Thursday night.

Shrewsbury Town have taken the initiative in their League One playoff semi-final thanks to a 1-0 first-leg win at Charlton Athletic on Thursday night.

The encounter at The Valley was goalless heading into the latter stages but Shrews midfielder Jon Nolan struck an emphatic winner on 80 minutes with a half-volley from 20 yards out.

Following a fairly even start in London, Charlton weighed in with the first concrete opportunity on four minutes when Josh Magennis sent a free header wide of target.

Moments later, Shrewsbury goalkeeper Dean Henderson palmed Jake Forster-Caskey's powerful low shot past the post as the hosts began turning the screw.

The pendulum soon swung the other way as the Shrews, who finished third in the table, began pressuring their opponents, though Nolan spurned a gilt-edged opportunity in the 17th minute.

Despite a frantic first half, neither side could break the deadlock come the break, but Paul Hurst's charges began dominating proceedings after the restart.

Although Tarique Fosu provided a spark for the hosts when he came on with 62 minutes played, they could not capitalise, and Shrewsbury went on to take the lead in spectacular fashion.

Nolan showed great technique to get his head over the ball from Stefan Payne's delivery and rifle into the top corner of the net from outside the box for his 10th goal of the season.

Charlton set about trying to draw level, with Nicky Ajose coming close and Jason Pearce seeing a header cleared off the line, but Shrewsbury held on for advantage in the tie.

The return leg takes place at the New Meadow on May 13, with the victor going on to contest the final at Wembley Stadium on May 27.

Rotherham United and Scunthorpe United are contesting the other League One playoff semi-final.

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (4-4-2): Amos; Konsa, Bauer, Pearce, Dasilva; Mavididi (Fosu 62'), Forster-Caskey, Kashi, Reeves (Aribo 77'); Ajose (Zyro 90'), Magennis

SHREWSBURY TOWN (4-1-4-1): Henderson; Bolton, Nsiala, Sadler, Beckles; Whalley (Riley 89'); Morris (Payne 75'), Godfrey, Nolan (John-Lewis 90'), Rodman; Morris

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Portsmouth17115128141438
2Sunderland16105132131935
3Peterborough UnitedPeterborough17103433221133
4Luton TownLuton178632516930
5Barnsley1685326121429
6Charlton AthleticCharlton178452620628
7Accrington StanleyAccrington177732119228
8Coventry CityCoventry178452018228
9Blackpool166731815325
10Doncaster RoversDoncaster177462524125
11Walsall177461924-525
12Fleetwood Town176562419523
13Southend UnitedSouthend177282122-123
14Burton Albion166372222021
15Wycombe WanderersWycombe175662324-121
16Rochdale175572231-920
17Gillingham175392629-318
18Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury174671620-418
19Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe174672637-1118
20Bristol Rovers174581414017
21Oxford UnitedOxford Utd173682027-715
22Plymouth ArgylePlymouth1734101829-1113
23AFC Wimbledon1732121126-1511
24Bradford CityBradford1731131231-1910

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