Northampton Town suffered defeat in their first home game of 2022 as they were beaten 1-0 by Crawley Town.

The Cobblers fell behind in their first home match since November 27th, after Tom Nichols put the visitors ahead just before half-time.

Jon Brady’s side enjoyed most of the possession and created more chances than their opponents, but were unable to find a way onto the scoresheet.

It means back-to-back defeats for Northampton, who were beaten by Swindon Town on New Year’s Day on their return to action after covid issues lead to 3 postponements in a row.

The result means Northampton drop a spot in the League Two table to 3rd, with Tranmere Rovers jumping ahead after they beat struggling Scunthorpe, while the Cobblers hold a single point advantage on 4th place Sutton United, whose match at Oldham was postponed.

A tight first half of few concrete chances threatened to reach half-time without major incident, until Crawley took the lead in the final minutes of the half.

Nichols scored for the visitors, after he received a Sam Matthews through ball before firing beyond home goalkeeper Liam Roberts.

The home side introduced Dylan Connolly as part of a half-time reshuffle and began to dominate possession and create more, though the best opportunities would see strikes blocked or deflected behind.

New signing Chanka Zimba was introduced for his debut after arriving on loan from Cardiff City earlier this week, and nearly marked his arrival in spectacular fashion, after he struck the bar with his first touch.

Fraser Horsfall and Aaron McGowan came close with opportunities, while perhaps the Cobblers’ single best chance to equalise saw Zimba denied by Glenn Morris when one-on-one with the Crawley goalkeeper.

Jon Guthrie had an effort blocked in a scramble while Sam Hoskins blazed off target, but there was ultimately no equaliser coming for the home side, as they slip to back-to-back defeats at the start of the new year.