Northampton Town were forced to settle for a draw after a 2-2 tie with ten man Grimsby Town.

The Cobblers had struck early when Andy Williams thumped the home side ahead, but Charles Vernam’s equaliser ensured the sides were level at the break.

Kevin van Veen then struck a free-kick to restore the home team’s lead, but again, they couldn’t keep it, with Grimsby’s Harry Cardwell striking home a second equaliser.

Grimsby had Danny Collins sent off late on, but there were no further goals, meaning it was back-to-back 2-2 draws for Keith Curle’s side.

Williams was involved in the late equaliser at Exeter that was ultimately re-classified as an own goal by the dubious goal committee. The striker was on the scoresheet in this one, as Grimsby failed to clear a corner and Williams turned in Sam Foley’s ball.

The home side had the better of the first half chances, with van Veen having an effort blocked, David Buchanan having a strike saved and Sam Hoskins firing one just wide.

But Grimsby equalised in the final stages of the first half through Vernam, who met Ben Pringle’s cross and tucked the ball beyond David Cornell.

Jake Hessenthaler then saw one cleared off the line, before Grimsby goalkeeper James McKeown made a fine stop in first half added time to keep out Williams.

The second half became a tighter affair, but Northampton went ahead as the game moved into the final 15 minutes of normal time when van Veen swept a fine free-kick into the back of the net.

However, Grimsby pegged the Cobblers back again when Cardwell turned up at the back post to take advantage of a defensive mix-up and finish.

Grimsby were reduced to ten men moments after Michael Rose went close to a strike when Collins bought down van Veen. But the away side held on to ensue it all finished all square.