Northampton Town returned to winning ways with a 2-0 home win over Newport County.

After defeat last weekend by Bradford, Northampton bounced back to make it back-to-back home League Two wins.

A goal in each half did the trick for Keith Curle’s side, with Andy Williams striking in the opening half – despite Mark O’Brien’s best efforts – and Sam Hoskins scoring after the break. Newport’s day then got worse as Jamille Matt was sent off late on.

Newport had arrived unbeaten in League 2 so far this season, and would also see a goal disallowed in the early stages.

But it was Northampton who then struck first. After a loose ball fell to Williams, his shot on goal was going on target before O’Brien failed to prevent it from finding the back of the net.

A lively game saw both sides come close before the break, with the hosts’ Hoskins and visiting player Joss Labbadie both coming close.

O’Brien nearly put the ball in his own net as a largely even second half played out.

But Northampton would then make it 2-0, as Hoskins struck at the end of a flowing home counter.

The visitors would ultimately struggle to force home keeper David Cornell into any major action, and would also end a man light as Matt was shown two quickfire yellow cards and earned his dismissal.