Northampton Town were 1-0 winners over Leyton Orient as they picked up a fifth straight home win in League Two.
One goal was enough to settle the contest, with Sam Hoskins bundling in the winner shortly before half-time.
Leyton Orient struggled to mount a second half comeback, as a side who had been unbeaten in 11 games ahead of kick-off failed to extend their run.
Jon Brady’s side, by contrast, delivered a victory that sees the Cobblers rise up to second in the table.
Leyton Orient kept Northampton goalkeeper Liam Roberts busy in the early stages, with the keeper denying Tom James’ free-kick and an Aaron Drinan drive, while ex-Cobblers forward Harry Smith also saw an effort thwarted by a defensive block.
Northampton lost striker Kion Etete to injury after only 20 minutes, and the visitors nearly made life worse for the home team, as Smith and Theo Archibald put efforts off target.
But in the final moments of the first half, it was Northampton with the opener. A long throw by Mitch Pinnock was flicked on by Max Dyche to Hoskins, and at the back post, Hoskins was able to bundle the ball over the line for the game’s opening goal.
Fraser Horsfall saw an effort hit the side netting shortly after the break, with the defender then having another one blocked.
Leyton Orient were only able to create a handful of half-chances in response, and although Northampton missed a few late ones of their own to seal the deal, they had done enough to triumph.
Brady’s side now have an elongated gap before they are next in action, with their next match seeing them travel to face fellow high fliers Exeter City on December 7th.