Northampton Town returned to winning ways after a 1-0 win away at Newport County.
After a weekend defeat by Forest Green Rovers, Jon Brady’s side won in South Wales courtesy of a first half goal by Jon Guthrie.
Newport’s momentum was dented after defender Scot Bennett was stretchered off, which was a key factor behind the game eventually having 14 minutes added time.
But Northampton were able to take victory in a rescheduled game at Rodney Parade, which means that Northampton are up to 3rd place after 7 matches of the League 2 season.
The match had originally been due to be played in August only for issues with relaying the Welsh side’s pitch causing a rescheduling of the fixture.
A scrappy opening half saw Northampton enjoy the best opportunities, with Mitch Pinnock firing over from a corner, before Danny Rose was blocked off on the edge of the Newport penalty area.
What turned out to be the game’s winning goal came in the final 2 minutes of first half normal time. Guthrie fired the ball into the back of the net at a Northampton free-kick after the home side failed to clear during a scramble.
Newport’s best chance to that point saw a Jake Cain free-kick fly just wide in the early moments of the second half.
Nicke Kabamba had a header saved by Newport goalkeeper Joe Day, before the game had a lengthy stoppage due to Bennett’s injury, which saw the home defender stretchered off.
The home side began to offer more in the closing stages of the contest, as Cameron Norman’s header was saved by Liam Roberts before Timmy Abraham fired wide.
Northampton did come under pressure in the closing stages and across the extended period of added time, but the home side were unable to break through and the away side held on to win.
After back-to-back trips west, Northampton return to Sixfields on Saturday, as they take on Swindon Town.