Northampton Town drew 1-1 with Bradford City after an at times feisty encounter with the Bantams in West Yorkshire.

After a quiet first half, Northampton took the lead on the hour mark through Mitch Pinnock. But they would only hold the lead for seven minutes, before Charles Vernam equalised.

The visitors were left aggrieved by some rougher moments during the game, but ended up taking a point as they move onto a run of one loss in their last six League Two games. However they do drop to 5th in the table.

Bradford would see Callum Cooke denied by Cobblers stopper Liam Roberts early on. By contrast, Northampton’s liveliest presence was Kion Etete, who narrowly failed to reach a cross before seeing another effort thwarted by a fine defensive block by Paudie O’Connor.

Northampton suffered a below when they lost Etete, who looked to have been caught by a home player’s arm in an incident not seen by the officials.

Eventually, it was the visitors who struck first. Northampton cleared a Bradford free-kick and Mitch Pinnock made the most of the opportunity to lead the break. Pinnock charged all the way to the opposite end of the pitch, before threading a strike beyond the home side’s ex-Northampton keeper Richard O’Donnell.

Having taken the lead, Northampton tried to find another. Sam Hoskins saw a free-kick deflected just wide, before Pinnock saw a drive blocked.

However, Bradford would break through to equalise. Substitute Caolan Lavery won the ball, before laying back for Vernam to bundle in.

The best chance to win came Northampton’s way, when Aaron McGowan hit the side netting.

There was also another moment of controversy, when a poor tackle on Roberts lead to a 20 man scrap in the penalty box, which surprisingly saw just one yellow card issued to a player. Northampton boss Jon Brady also earned a caution for his protests.

When things eventually calmed down, the two sides were only able to cancel one another out and the game ended all square.

Brady’s side will look to return to winning ways next time out, when they host an Oldham Athletic side managed by former Cobblers boss Keith Curle.