Northampton Town picked up a 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic as they edged out former manager Keith Curle.

First half strikes by Jon Guthrie and Kion Etete did the trick for Jon Brady’s side as they picked up a fourth straight home win.

Oldham did make a game of it when Carl Piergianni scored within ten minutes of the restart but the away side just couldn’t find a way through for a second time as Northampton ground out the win.

Victory for Jon Brady’s team saw the Cobblers maintain their spot in the promotion push. They sit 4th in the table, sitting 1 point behind Exeter City and Swindon Town in the League Two table.

Northampton struck an opening goal inside the first 15 minutes. Mitch Pinnock’s free-kick wasn’t fully cleared, and Guthrie ended the passage of play by firing home.

The home side responded with positive play. Ali Koiki saw a cross narrowly miss everyone, before Etete headed over from Aaron McGowan’s cross.

Spurs loanee Etete would then duly get himself on the scoresheet. The striker was picked out at the back post by Pinnock, and duly volleyed into the back of the net.

Oldham made a triple substitution at half-time, and would get back in the game within ten minutes of the restart. Piergianni would claim the goal for the visitors, after he bundled the ball past Liam Roberts at the third attempt.

Fraser Horsfall was denied by Jayson Leutwiler, before Oldham applied pressure. Davis Keillor-Dunn fired wide when well placed, and Roberts was forced into saves to keep out Dylan Bahamboula and Sam Hart.

Hallam Hope and Jamie Hopcutt also would come close in the second period for the visitors. But in the end, Northampton just did enough to keep their visitors out, and ground out three points in their chase for an immediate return to the third tier.