Northampton got their play-off push back on track with a 2-0 win over Exeter City, which included a goal in the opening minute.

The Cobblers had entered the contest against the team who began the day second on the back of 3 straight defeats in League Two. But against Exeter, they flew out of the blocks, with Vadaine Oliver scoring after 54 seconds.

A late Sam Hoskins penalty made sure of a productive day for Keith Curle’s side. The result was enough for Northampton to jump back into the play-offs after Port Vale drew with Walsall.

Curle would have been looking for a reaction after Northampton blew a 2-0 lead to lose at Walsall in the previous weekend. Against the Grecians, he got a quickfire start, when Oliver was there to slam home after an initial Chris Lines cross was half-cleared.

Matt Jay had some efforts saved by David Cornell, but a better chance fell the way of Northampton when Ryan Watson saw a close range strike deflected onto the post by Exeter keeper Lewis Ward.

The away side had a lot of the ball in the early stages but struggled to make more of it and faded away during the opening half.

In the second period, a similar start saw Exeter struggle to make a lot of their possession, and Northampton began to look the more assured.

Hoskins and Callum Morton both came close before a strong chance saw Lloyd Jones denied by Ward.

But the best opportunity would come in the final 10 minutes when the side were given a penalty to clinch the contest. A foul on Morton was penalised, and from 12 yards, Hoskins beat Ward to put Northampton 2-0 up.