Northampton Town’s hopes of getting automatic promotion from League 2 are in jeopardy as they drew 1-1 with Exeter City.

Mitch Pinnock had put the Cobblers in front against an Exeter side that had already guaranteed their own promotion.

But a second half strike by former MK Dons attacker Sam Nombe helped Exeter take a point that puts the Grecians top, and leaves Northampton awaiting further results.

The result does keep Jon Brady’s team 3rd in the League Two table, with Northampton ahead of Bristol Rovers on goal difference.

But Port Vale and Mansfield Town will be in action on the Bank Holiday Monday, and both sides would jump above Northampton if they win their matches against Newport County and Salford respectively.

For their final home match of the regular season, Northampton knew 2 wins from 2 would guarantee promotion and had a few early opportunities, with Louis Appere narrowly denied the chance to meet a through-pass by Cameron Dawson and the Sheffield Wednesday loanee also denying Josh Eppiah.

Exeter had a good amount of early possession, but saw Liam Roberts keep out Matt Jay with their best opportunity.

Northampton would take the lead in style just before the half-hour mark. A through pass by Sam Hoskins released Pinnock, who used skill to evade a defender before thumping a strike past Dawson and in.

Timothee Dieng forced a big stop out of Roberts shortly after half-time, as Exeter sought a leveller.

But Northampton instead had the chances to double their advantage, as Dawson made a big stop to deny Eppiah before Jack Sowerby had a goal disallowed for offside.

With the gap remaining a single goal, it allowed Exeter to come forth and equalise. Nombe was picked out by Jack Caprice, and the substitute’s header beat Roberts.

Neither side found a way through, mean it’s a point for Brady’s side and a wait to see what happens on the May Bank Holiday before a season finale at Barrow next time out.