Northampton Town ended their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 reverse at Cheltenham Town on Saturday (23/07).
First half goals by Alfie May and Dan Nlundulu decided the contest in favour of the League One side.
The Cobblers had missed an early penalty and also hit the post with the score still goalless, but were unable to find a way back after conceding twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
The game at what is now known as the Completely-Suzuki Stadium was the Cobblers’ last of a mixed pre-season, which started with wins against Nottingham Forest’s junior team and St Mirren, and a draw against Dundee United, before being followed up with defeats by Championship sides West Bromwich Albion and Luton Town.
Northampton had started brightly against third tier opponents, with a penalty given after a foul by Charlie Raglan on Danny Hylton.
But the former Luton striker’s spot-kick would fail to make the most of the opportunity, as his kick struck a post.
Louis Appere would then also strike the frame of the goal, with his strike also rebounding off the post.
After 34 minutes, it was Cheltenham that took the lead. May received a pass from Elliot Bonds, cut inside, and fired past Lee Burge.
Moments after Ben Williams headed over, Cheltenham would grab a second goal. Nlundulu received a pass, turned, and fired home.
May would have another goal disallowed for offside after the break, while Sam Sherring made a defensive block to prevent Nlundulu another try.
In the end, Northampton struggled to get a goal back, and it allowed Cheltenham to take the victory in the final friendly.
Northampton will start the new season next Saturday, when they welcome Colchester United to Sixfields in the first game of the campaign in League 2.