A scrappy goal by new Cobblers signing Callum Morton was enough as Northampton won 1-0 at Macclesfield Town.
Victory at Moss Rose courtesy of Morton’s second half goal was a 5th in 6 for Keith Curle’s side in League 2.
The team’s good form in 2020 now sees them sit in 5th place in the league, as they rise above Colchester after the Essex side lost at Cambridge, and the Cobblers are now just 2 points off the automatic promotion places.
Despite financial problems and a points deduction, Macclesfield had entered the contest unbeaten at home since August and they had also beaten the Cobblers at the PTS Academy Stadium back in the season’s opening month.
However, a low quality first half at a blustery stadium saw few chances created by both sides in the opening half. Northampton began brighter but perhaps their best chance came early, as Sam Hoskins fired straight at Jonathan Mitchell.
The best chance fell for Macclesfield, with Charlie Goode blocking on the line after a strike by Connor Kirby had beaten David Cornell.
Arthur Gnahou had two half chances either side of the break, but the away side would break the deadlock just before the hour mark.
It was Morton who struck it, with the youngster on loan from West Brom scoring his first goal in professional football. The striker was on hand to tap in at the back post after being found by Goode.
Gnahou had a shot saved by Cornell moments later, before Morton had a second goal disallowed for a foul on the home goalkeeper and the goalscorer then fired over the rebound after an initial shot was blocked. But the away team had ultimately done enough.