Northampton Town were beaten 2-1 by Premier League outfit West Ham United in a close thought contest.

West Ham had made a very bright start, with an early Sid Nelson own goal and a strike by youngster Conor Coventry put them 2-0 up inside the opening 14 minutes.

Northampton would see Sam Hoskins score just before the half hour mark. The home side would create a decent quantity of chances throughout the contest, though they were unable to find an equaliser.

Jon Brady’s side had a difficult start against the side from East London, who scored inside the opening two minutes. Defender Nelson scored an unfortunate early own goal, after he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and turned a Jarrod Bowen cross into his own net.

Hoskins fired wide as Northampton did try their best to find an early leveller. But instead it was West Ham with the game’s second goal, after Coventry steered a drive into the far corner.

But despite the setback of falling 2-0 down, Northampton did look bright and after a few chances, they would grab a goal back just before the half hour mark. After an initial Mitch Pinnock shot was saved, the ball was collected by Benny Ashley-Seal, who teed up Hoskins to score.

West Ham however very nearly re-established a two goal lead straight away, as Liam Roberts denied Nathan Holland at close range.

The second half would see momentum slow down following a number of substitutions. But Northampton would grab opportunities, when Scott Pollock saw a strike was denied by Trott and the West Ham goalkeeper also was in action to deny Paul Lewis, before Fraser Horsfall headed wide late on.