A stoppage time goal from Andy Williams was the decisive strike as Northampton won 2-1 away at Stevenage.
The game had been levelled up when ex-Cobbler Alex Revell cancelled out Joe Powell’s opener. But with time running out, Williams ensured that Northampton would add to their wins tally rather than their league-high draws record.
3 points in Hertfordshire sees the Cobblers remain 16th in League 2, with the side now equally 12 points above the dropzone and below the play-offs.
After a bright start for the visitors, Joe Powell put the away side ahead inside the opening 20 minutes. The West Ham loanee was found by Sam Hoskins after he was played in by a defensive error, and Powell finished.
Northampton’s best opportunity for a second in the first half came shortly after as a rasping drive from Hoskins landed just wide.
Stevenage improved as the game went on, with Ilias Chair and
Luther James-Wildin providing dangerous attacking plays for the home side, although one similar effort by Jack Bridge saw his own ball come close to finding a way through for the away side.
The home side levelled it up in the final 11 minutes of normal time, when Revell was found at the back post by Chair’s free-kick and had the space to knock a header past David Cornell.
But in the first of six minutes added on at the end of normal time, it was Williams who won it for Northampton. The striker was able to rob a Stevenage defender, advance on goal, and duly dispatch the ball into the back of the net to decide the match in the away team’s favour.