Northampton Town ended their pre-season programme with a 0-0 draw against Cambridge United at The Abbey Stadium.

In a contest between two sides who swapped leagues at the end of last season, Northampton created a few scattered chances while Cambridge would see a second half penalty saved by Cobblers keeper Liam Roberts.

The result ends Northampton’s warm-up programme as they prepare to return to league action next weekend. The Cobblers host Port Vale in the first game of the new League Two season.

Northampton would have the earliest full chance, as Mitch Pinnock saw a free-kick flash wide of the mark.

Cambridge would then get closer, as Roberts was forced into a save to keep out Jack Iredale’s hit from range.

Pinnock later saw a drive blocked by ex-Cobbler Lloyd Jones, before seeing another shot kept out by Dimi Mitov in the home goal.

Nicke Kabamba fired wide when found by Dylan Connolly in decent range of the goal, before Cambridge came close late in the first half as Wes Hoolahan was denied by Roberts.

Early in the second period, Cambridge won a penalty as James Brophy was fouled by Roberts. But the Northampton keeper would win the battle of wits from 12 yards, with Roberts keeping out Joe Ironside.

Northampton’s ex-Cambridge man Paul Lewis fired just wide before Roberts again thwarted Ironside in a second half of few chances, as the Cobblers’ pre-season preparations ended with a split result.