Northampton Town continued their recent positive form with a 4-1 win over Crewe at the PTS Academy Stadium.
Victory against the side from Cheshire was Northampton’s fifth win out of six unbeaten games in all competitions.
The Cobblers went 3-0 ahead in the opening stages, courtesy of a Scott Wharton double and a further penalty scored by Sam Hoskins.
Chris Porter got a goal back for Crewe, but a second half strike by Andy Williams restored a three goal lead for Keith Curle’s side.
Victory means Northampton sit in the play-off positions in League 2 after 18 matches played.
Crewe had started positively, with Paul Green seeing an early effort denied by David Cornell. But Northampton swept into the lead with their first big chance, as Wharton turned the ball over the line after Crewe failed to clear a free-kick.
Northampton then survived some Crewe pressure before making it 2-0, as Wharton ran onto a free-kick and placed a strike home.
The home side would then grab a further goal, as Paul Anderson was fouled in the box for a penalty, and from the spot, Hoskins found the back of the net.
Crewe were still not out of it, and moments after Cornell denied Charlie Kirk, the visitors got a goal back. Porter turned in the rebound after a Nicky Hunt shot was initially parried by the Cobblers goalkeeper.
The visitors still had time in the opening half to grab another, as Kirk saw an effort bounce off a post.
However, Crewe’s hopes of continuing their comeback took a big hit after the half-time as Northampton restored their 3 goal lead. A through ball picked out Williams, who was able to lob Will Jaaskelainen and score.
The match ended up lacking chances after that, allowing Northampton to see out the points.