Northampton lost 1-0 to Leyton Orient on an afternoon that saw both sides pay tribute to Justin Edinburgh.
This was the first meeting of the two sides since Edinburgh tragically passed away in June. The manager had been in charge of Northampton before joining Orient and earning promotion last season. Before kick-off at the PTS Academy Stadium, a minute’s applause was held in the ground.
In the game, James Brophy scored the only goal just after half-time as Orient picked up the points.
Defeat is the Cobblers’ first since they were beaten by Bradford at the start of September.
An open first half saw both sides have very early chances, with Nicky Adams denied within seconds of kick-off and the visitors’ Conor Wilkinson struck a post.
Sam Hoskins would then see a shot cleared off the line before David Cornell was called on to make some saves to keep out Craig Clay and then Wilkinson.
Hoskins hit the post straight after the restart, before the visitors then took the lead. Brophy got the goal, with the visiting player beating 2 Northampton defenders to a through-pass before scoring.
Northampton’s best chances for an equaliser came late on, as James Brill denied Scott Wharton and Adams fired wide, but it was all too late for the hosts as they slip up.