Northampton Town drew 2-2 with Gillingham after two goals late on to just keep their survival hopes alive.

On an afternoon that also saw Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers relegated from League One, it looked as though Northampton were in real danger of following after they fell 2-0 down.

Former Cobbler Vadaine Oliver opened the scoring before Olly Lee added a second, leaving Northampton in deep trouble.

But with time running out, two goals in four minutes brought the away side level at Priestfield. First Ryan Edmonson and then Fraser Horsfall did the honours for Jon Brady’s outfit.

Both sides pushed for a winner after that but a draw would ultimately be the final result.

With Wigan also drawing in their game against Burton Albion, it leaves Northampton four points from safety with games against play-off chasing Blackpool and Sunderland left to play.

After a thumping win over Ipswich in midweek, Northampton began on the backfoot in Kent and fell behind after 11 minutes. The away side failed to deal with a Gillingham corner, and Oliver made them pay by tucking home at the back post.

Northampton’s day could’ve got worse not long after. Jonathan Mitchell was forced into a flying stop to keep out Dominic Samuel after a defensive error before the keeper also denied Kyle Dempsey.

Having got through that, Northampton were then presented a great chance to equalise when Alex Jones intercepted a bad backpass, only for the striker to fire off target when one-on-one.

This was the spark for Northampton to offer more. Jack Bonham made a save to keep out Mickel Miller, before Sam Hoskins fired wide.

Northampton came very close to an equaliser on the hour mark. Bonham made a flying stop to keep out Edmondson, while Bryn Morris saw a strike deflected wide.

But Northampton’s hope of salvation looked to have suffered a major hit when they fell 2-0 down. Ryan Jackson’s through pass released Lee, who was able to drive into the box and fire home.

The Cobblers continued a push to try and get back into things, and moments after Mark Marshall had a strike cleared off the line, they got back into proceedings.

Substitute Caleb Chukwuemeka was able to get a touch that sent the ball to Edmondson, and the Leeds loanee fired past Bonham.

Four minutes after, Northampton got the ball past Bonham again. Joseph Mills’ corner picked out Horsfall, and the defender headed home to bring Northampton level.

A chaotic conclusion saw both sides try and push for a winner. Sub Danny Rose was denied by Bonham for the Cobblers, before Gillingham’s Dominic Samuel crashed a drive from range off the post.

Horsfall headed wide right at the end, as Northampton were ultimately forced to settle for a point.