Two goals either side of half-time saw Northampton Town beaten 2-0 at home by EFL newboys Sutton United.
At a Sixfields drenched by heavy rain, Sutton scored two goals either side of half-time to take the points. Strikes by Joe Kizzi and Donovan Wilson ensured the away side would end the contest as victors.
It marked a game of firsts, as Sutton’s first ever visit to Sixfields saw the South Londoners take a first win since being promoted to the top 4 tiers, while the game was also the first Northampton game to be refereed by a female referee.
Northampton had been forced into a late reshuffle after defender Jon Guthrie tested positive for covid, leading to a makeshift backline with Aaron McGowan filling in at centre-back.
Home keeper Liam Roberts made an early stop to keep out Wilson, while Northampton’s best early opportunity saw Paul Lewis drag a strike wide.
Sutton would pose a threat for a lot of the half, as Wilson headed wide before Roberts kept out Richie Bennett.
Danny Rose would then have Northampton’s best chance of the half, but the striker fired wide from 12 yards.
Having got through that, it was Sutton who would score first in the final 5 minutes of the first half. Kizzi would meet Enzio Boldewijn’s corner, and duly head home to put the away side in front.
Northampton’s day then became worse within 30 seconds of the restart. Wilson would fire home for a second goal for Sutton after he received Bennett’s through pass before firing past Roberts.
For the rest of the game, Sutton had the better chances to get further ahead. Boldewijn lashed a drive wide, Alistair Smith was denied by Roberts, Kizzi had a shot blocked, and Roberts denied Boldewijn.
With these chances not taken, the margin remained 2-0 on a bad day for the Cobblers, as they slip to 10th in the table.