Northampton Town’s first game in 11 days saw them lose 2-1 at Lincoln City, despite a late Danny Rose wondergoal.
After Northampton’s games against Oxford and Blackpool were postponed due to waterlogged pitches, their trip to Lincolnshire against the promotion chasing Imps would be level as the game entered the final 15 minutes.
But the home side would grab two goals in 10 minutes in the closing stages to take the points, as sub Conor McGrandles and then Anthony Scully would grab the goals to take the points for Lincoln.
An overhead kick from outside the box by Rose in injury time would see Northampton grab a goal back, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a defeat that sees them sink into the relegation zone after AFC Wimbledon drew at Crewe.
Northampton gave all 3 of their January signings starting debuts, and would start brightly, with Shaun McWilliams had a shot blocked and Mickel Miller had an effort saved.
The away side had the better of the first half, but were mainly restricted to efforts from range or blocked shots, and would suffer a blow when Miller left the pitch injured.
Lincoln then had a great chance in the final stages of the opening half, when defender Joe Walsh had a drive cleared off the line by Michael Harriman.
The home side’s opening goal would come half an hour into the second half, when Jorge Grant and Tayo Edun combined on Lincoln’s left flank before a low cross picked out McGrandles, who cued the ball home.
Northampton would have a penalty appeal rejected, before Lincoln made it 2-0 after Tom Hopper played in Scully, who beat Jonathan Mitchell to double the home side’s advantage.
Sam Hoskins would slam an effort off the post before Rose’s spectacular goal back in the sixth minute of time added on, as he struck in an overhead kick from outside the box.
But there was no further time for Northampton to grab another goal back, and they sunk to defeat at the LNER Stadium.