Northampton Town lost 1-0 against relegation rivals AFC Wimbledon, after a dramatic ending that saw AFC Wimbledon strike late and the Cobblers miss a penalty with the very last kick.

With time coming to an end, AFC Wimbledon struck when Joe Piggott scored an 88th minute goal that turned out to be the winner.

But further drama then happened, as Northampton were awarded an injury time penalty that Sam Hoskins saw saved by Nik Tsanev right at the end.

The dramatic encounter did little to help Northampton’s survival hopes. While Jon Brady’s side stay out of the relegation zone, defeat means they are now level on points with AFC Wimbledon directly below them, having played 2 games more.

Northampton had entered the game on a high after the midweek win over Oxford, and named an unchanged line-up.

AFC Wimbledon had the better chances in a cagey first half, with Will Nightingale heading wide before Jonathan Mitchell saved from Ryan Longman at a one-on-one after he intercepted a loose backpass.

The home side would also see attempts blocked in the closing minutes of the first half, while Northampton’s best chance saw Mark Marshall have an effort from range deflected wide.

Northampton’s best spell came in the form of a handful of chances around the hour mark. Sam Hoskins and Joseph Mills had strikes blocked, before Ryan Watson saw a free-kick just clear the bar and Peter Kioso headed wide at a set-piece.

It increasingly looked like neither side was going to find a winner as the game ticked into the final minutes. But the drama then began with 2 minutes of normal time remaining.

Cheye Alexander’s cross ended in Kioso’s attempted clearance striking Pigott and beating Mitchell to put AFC Wimbledon ahead.

The game still had further twists in store. Northampton had seen a few half-chances in the wake of the home side’s goal, but would be handed a golden chance to equalise from the spot.

In the sixth minute of added time, Kioso was fouled by Luke O’Neill, and the referee made the call to point to the penalty spot. Up stepped Hoskins to rescue his team, but his strike would be saved by Tsanev with the very last kick of the game, and it served to confirm defeat for Northampton in a huge game at League One’s wrong end.