Northampton Town ended a mixed week with a point as they drew against 10 man leaders Lincoln City.

After being thrashed by Colchester and getting 3 points at Tranmere, the two sides traded first half goals. Bruno Andrade put the home side ahead, before a bad tackle by Harry Anderson late in the first half saw him dismissed.

Aaron Pierre then scored an equaliser in first half stoppage time to ensure the points were shared, with neither side able to break the deadlock after half-time.

The result means Northampton stay in 16th place in the League 2 table, and are 10 points above the relegation zone after Macclesfield’s draw with Crewe.

Keith Curle’s side will look to make it 3 unbeaten in their next encounter, when they taken on Crawley at home.

After a tight start that saw both sides create some half-chances, Andrade broke the deadlock just before the half-hour mark in a spectacular manner, as he received John Akinde’s knockdown and volleyed the ball beyond David Cornell from outside the box.

Lincoln began to assert themselves on the contest, but were reduced to 10 players in the final moments of normal time in the first half. An out of control tackle by Anderson on David Buchanan was penalised, and the Lincoln man was sent off.

Northampton would then equalise in the third minute of added time. After Sam Hoskins had a shot parried for a corner, Pierre turned in Jack Bridge’s low cross to level things up.

By contrast, the second half turned into a battle of attrition, with both sides struggling to create a killer chance to turn the match in their favour.

Akinde saw one drive fizzle wide, while at the other end, Northampton’s Bridge had a goal ruled out for offside and Ash Taylor headed wide.

Lincoln had several penalty appeals in the final stages, but despite home fans protestations, the referee was unmoved and the match ended all square.