Northampton Town were beaten 2-1 by Hartlepool United in the North East despite scoring first.

Sam Hoskins had put the Cobblers in front at Victoria Park, though they would only be ahead for two minutes before David Ferguson equalised.

Lee Molyneux then scored a late winner for Hartlepool to complete the home side’s turnaround.

Defeat means Northampton are now without a win in 4 League Two matches, as well as back-to-back defeats after a loss at home to Sutton United last week. The team now sit 14th in the table.

The Cobblers nearly made a great start, with home goalkeeper Ben Killip denying Hoskins before Kion Etete had a shot blocked.

Hartlepool’s best first half chance came when Will Goodwin fired straight at Liam Roberts.

The away side had been the brighter at the end of the first half, and after a delayed start to the second half following damage to one of the goals that had to be repaired, the away side continued to create chances, as Hoskins had a strike denied by Killip.

Hoskins would then strike to put Northampton in front. A long throw was flicked on by Jon Guthrie to Hoskins, who tucked the ball into the back of the net.

But within two minutes, Hartlepool grabbed an equaliser. Jamie Sterry’s cross picked out Ferguson, who beat Roberts to bring the home side level.

Etete headed over with Northampton’s best chance to quickly go back in front. But the home side would come even closer, as Molyneux saw a drive turned onto the post by Roberts and a follow-up header go wide.

But Molyneux would get onto the scoresheet with seven minutes remaining. The home player would be on the end of a cross at the end of a quick counter-attacking move, and duly scored to put Hartlepool in front for the first time in the game.

Northampton couldn’t grab an equaliser, and ultimately left Victoria Park empty handed.