Northampton Town’s second group stage game saw them lose on penalties to Walsall after a 1-1 draw.

The result means Northampton can still progress into the next round, though will need to beat the Brighton academy side to have an opportunity to do so.

Walsall took an early lead at Sixfields through Emmanuel Osadebe, before a second half Dylan Connolly penalty saw the game taken to a shoot-out. This is the second time the Cobblers have gone to a shootout in the competition, after their group stage opener at Forest Green Rovers also went to spot-kicks.

In the shoot-out, Northampton missed two of their kicks as Walsall took victory on penalties.

Jon Brady’s side featured seven changes from their weekend defeat against Sutton United, but would fall behind in the early stages. Less than four minutes were on the clock when Osadebe picked up a Brendan Kiernan through-pass and slotted past Jonny Maxted.

George Miller then saw a try blocked by Maxted, before Northampton began to come into the game. The home side saw Mitch Pinnock’s free-kick just go over the top of the goal before Jordan Flores and Kion Etete had half-chances.

Northampton’s best chance came shortly after the break, when Jack Rose kept out Etete.

Brady made a triple substitution to try to restore Northampton’s momentum after a lull in proceedings, and it would have an effect as the hosts won a penalty with 20 minutes of the game remaining.

Etete was fouled in the box to give the home side a penalty, and from 12 yards, Connolly beat Rose to grab an equaliser.

Walsall could’ve immediately restored their advantage, but failed to do so when Tyrese Shade fired wide in a one-on-one with Maxted.

Etete then saw a late strike saved as the game ended all square, meaning that penalties would be required to settle it.

Northampton’s hopes in the shoot-out got off to a rocky start, as Mitch Pinnock hit the crossbar with the Cobblers’ first penalty. Etete then had Northampton’s third penalty saved, and with Walsall scoring all of theirs, the away side won 4-2 in the shootout to take the extra point.