Northampton Town progress in the Checkatrade Trophy after a late comeback and penalties saw them overcome the Southampton U21s at Sixfields.

The Cobblers had looked like they were in danger of exiting the competition when the visitors went 3-0 up after an hour played. A goal in each half from Jake Hesketh and a further goal from Tyreke Johnson had put the Saints’ junior team in a commanding position.

But a late comeback changed the complexion of the tie, as strikes from Sam Foley and Lewis McGugan set up a grandstand finale before Ash Taylor bundled in a corner with the final touch of the game to set up the shoot-out.

The late goal by itself was enough to book Northampton’s place in the knockout stages, but the Cobblers picked up the extra point with a 4-2 win in the shootout. David Cornell denied Johnson, while Ollie Cook struck an effort over the top, with the latter allowing McGugan to ensure Northampton finished their group stage with the extra point.

The match continued Northampton’s run in the tournament, having also won shootouts after draws in 90 minutes against Cambridge and Peterborough in their first two matches in the tournament.

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