Northampton Town have picked up a boost in their hopes of staying in League One by beating Bury 3-2, who were relegated in the process.

Ash Taylor’s second goal of the match in the final moments of the game proved pivotal, as the Cobblers took three points in the battle of the sides who began the day as League One’s bottom two.

Taylor had earlier struck in the opening minutes of the match at Gigg Lane when he turned in Matt Grimes’ corner.

This lead only lasted four minutes, as Peter Clarke headed the home side level after the ball had initially bounced its way off the bar.

Within moments of his introduction as a substitute for the injured Kevin van Veen, Sam Hoskins then put the visitors back in-front. The substitute picked up Grimes’ through pass before slotting the ball over the line.

The Cobblers had chances to bag a third but couldn’t find a way through and Bury equalised for a second time with just over a quarter of an hour remaining, as Danny Mayor intercepted a misplaced pass before striking home.

But there was still time for a dramatic late twist, as Taylor headed in Daniel Powell’s cross to pick up three points. The result was a first win under caretaker boss Dean Austin.

With three games of their season remaining, Northampton are now three points from safety and move up a place in the League One table, but have played two more games than Rochdale and Oldham above them.