Northampton Town recovered from an early concession to draw 1-1 with promotion challengers Mansfield Town.

The home side had the better of early play only for Mansfield to score first when Mal Benning’s corner flew directly into the back of the net.

However, Sam Foley equalised for the Cobblers during the second half of the contest to ensure it was honours even between the two sides.

The result sees Northampton drop a place to 15th, after Crewe beat the league’s bottom side Notts County, with the team drawing back-to-back matches as a consequence.

Keith Curle’s Cobblers had started well, as Aaron Pierre headed wide and a dangerous Hoskins cross was narrowly put over his own bar by a covering Mansfield defender.

But Mansfield then struck first, as Benning’s flag-kick flew over everyone and into the back of the Northampton goal.

Northampton still had some chances, with Jordan Turnbull heading wide and a sliced defensive clearance by Tyler Walker having to be saved by Mansfield’s keeper Conrad Logan.

The game took a while to get going after the break, but it would then be Northampton then got themselves level with around 20 minutes remaining, as Foley met Scott Pollock’s corner and scored.

Mansfield began to show more urgency after that, as substitute Danny Rose saw two efforts go off target when well placed.

But the home side rode that out to take a point.