Northampton Town picked up a first win in 5 league games as they brushed aside Mansfield Town at Sixfields.

Goals from Aaron McGowan and Fraser Horsfall did the job for Northampton as they defeated the Stags to move back into the top 10.

After a cagey opening to proceedings, Northampton began to seize the initiative against a Mansfield team on a long winless run, and it was they who would strike first.

Shaun McWilliams placed the ball out wide, when McGowan received the ball before driving a 20 yard strike into the back of the net to put the home side in front.

The home side could’ve added to their advantage, with McWilliams firing over before Sam Hoskins’ deflected shot was saved by Nathan Bishop.

Mansfield’s best chance for a first half equaliser came when Oli Hawkins was able to get a header away but Liam Roberts made the save.

In the second period, Northampton were able to manage Mansfield’s attempts to equalise, with some well timed defensive blocks, before Kion Etete from Mitch Pinnock’s cross struck the crossbar around the hour mark.

A second goal would come with just over a quarter of an hour to go. Horsfall met Pinnock’s cross at the back post, and duly headed home to put Northampton 2-0 up.

Mansfield thought they had been given a penalty to get back into the contest, but the referee opted to give a free-kick rather than a penalty for a challenge by Ali Koiki, and Keaton Ward’s strike duly went off target.

Northampton from there duly saw the game out to pick up a much needed victory. They sit 8th in the table in League Two after 12 matches of the new season.