Northampton Town scored two second half goals to edge out struggling Macclesfield Town 3-1 at home, ending their recent winless run.

The two sides had traded fine first half goals, with Dean Bowditch’s volley cancelled out by Harry Smith’s lob. But second half strikes from Daniel Powell and Junior Morias decided the contest in the Cobblers’ favour.

Victory is the Cobblers’ first since beating Newport in mid-March.

Macclesfield did have a decent number of opportunities in the opening period, with their best seeing Nathan Cameron and Ben Stephens kept out by David Cornell.

But it was Bowditch who struck first, with the attacker firing in a crisp volley after receiving Jordan Turnbull’s cross.

Smith would respond with a fine goal of his own. Not long after he had a goal disallowed, the striker was played through by a long ball and duly lobbed the onrushing Cornell to equalise.

In the second half, Northampton began by looking more positive, and took the lead for the second time through Powell. The winger was the scorer, as he tucked in a header from the flank.

The visitors couldn’t back into the game afterwards, and a defensive error ended up being punished by Northampton, with Powell feeding Morias to call a tap-in and end the contest.