Football: Rodgers' Vital Contribution; Southend United 2 Shrewsbury Town 3
Byline: Brian Binnersley at Roots Hall
Little Luke Rodgers, match-winning hero against Exeter on opening day, proved Shrewsbury's trump card again with a double strike that confirmed his growing reputation as one of the Third Division's most-feared marksmen.
The busy Brummie terrier spared himself nothing on a scorching day before limping from the action ten minutes from time, his mission completed.
Yet manager Kevin Ratcliffe, possibly fearful that over-praise might elevate the Gay Meadow protege above his station, remained strangely downbeat about the youngster's massive contribution, saying: 'His second goal was a beauty, but don't forget the people who supplied the passes. He could have had three or four goals.'
Having waited 24 years for their first victory at Roots Hall - a 2-0 success lastApril - the Shrews had to come from behind to make it two in a row.
The Shrimpers led by Neil Jenkins' early sloppy opener until Rodgers restored the status quo just before the break when an angled shot with his less lethal left foot still carried enough power to beat Darryl Flahavan's unconvincing dive.
The Southend keeper, however, stood no earthly chance when Rodgers, despite two pursuing defenders, struck again early in the second half with a blistering rightfooter from the edge of the penalty area. …