Northampton Town beat Ipswich Town 3-0 at the PTS Academy Stadium as they kept up their survival hopes.
Peter Kioso scored twice to hand the home side the upper hand. Ryan Watson then added a further strike from distance to rubber stamp victory for the home side.
Victory would end up being essential for Northampton, as relegation rivals AFC Wimbledon, Wigan, Rochdale and Swindon all won. With 3 games of their season to go, Northampton are 4 points from safety.
The contest may well have flowed differently had Ipswich taken the lead with the game’s first chance. Within the opening five minutes, a Gwion Edwards snapshot from range bounced off the post.
Instead, Northampton grabbed the game’s opener just moments later. With 8 minutes on the clock, Kioso reached a Joseph Mills corner first and put Northampton ahead.
From there, Northampton had the majority of positive play. Caleb Chukwuemeka had a strike blocked by Stephen Ward, Alex Jones fired over, Watson had a low drive saved by Thomas Holy, and Mark McGuinness cleared Mills’ drive off the line.
In the end, the second Northampton goal came via the same route as the first. Another Mills corner again picked out Kioso, and the Luton loanee grabbed his second goal.
Alex Jones then turned wide Mills’ cross, as the home side came very close to making it 3-0 in the first half.
Ipswich ended the first half with Freddie Sears hitting the crossbar, before Kane Vincent-Young fired straight at Jonathan Mitchell when well placed, Mitchell made a further save to deny Sears, and Ollie Hawkins headed wide when well placed.
But Northampton were able to control Ipswich attempts to recover. They then sealed the points with six minutes to go, after Watson intercepted Holy’s errant clearance and fired the ball home.
Victory was Northampton’s 5th from 7 games at home. The team will now see travel to Gillingham on Saturday as they seek points to stay afloat.