Northampton drew 2-2 with AFC Wimbledon at the PTS Academy Stadium in their first game back in League One.
Matty Warbuton and Ricky Korboa scored Northampton’s goals – the latter a debut goal – although both came as equalisers after Ethan Chislett put AFC Wimbledon ahead in the opening minute and Nesta Guinness-Walker put the visitors ahead.
The result means honours even in Northampton’s first league outing since beating Exeter 4-0 in last season’s play-off final, as they seek to get to grips with their new tier.
The home side had been looking for a positive start at their home ground again after beating Cardiff at home in the Carabao Cup last week.
But Northampton made a poor start when AFC Wimbledon moved in front inside the opening 20 seconds. Cian Bolger had his pocket picked, leading to Luke O’Neill setting up Chislett to put the ball in.
Northampton had chances to equalise, and moments after debutant Benny Ashley-Seal hit one wide, Warbuton lashed home a free-kick.
But an open period saw AFC Wimbledon respond with positive momentum. Ryan Longman put a good chance wide for the away side before Guinness-Walker received Joe Piggott’s pass and finished.
Shane McLoughlin then fired over from six yards as AFC Wimbledon missed a glorious chance to extend the lead.
Northampton duly made them pay for that, as Korboa scored a first career league goal when he planted a shot into the bottom corner.
The home side would have a few opportunities in a relatively sedate second half, but there was no goal after half-time to add to the opening 45, and it meant that the two teams would share rewards on day one.