Northampton hold on to edge Oldham

Keith Curle endured a losing return to Sixfields as his Oldham side were beaten 2-1 by Northampton.

Jon Guthrie and Kion Etete scored the decisive goals before half-time as the Cobblers made it four home wins in a row.

Guthrie gave Northampton the lead after 14 minutes, stabbing home from close range after Oldham made a mess of trying to clear Mitch Pinnock’s free-kick.

Ali Koiki was close to adding an immediate second when his low cross-shot flashed wide and it was not long until Northampton did double their lead as a terrific team move ended with Etete volleying in Pinnock’s deep cross.

Sam Hoskins dragged a good chance wide late in the half and Oldham were back in the game nine minutes into the second half through Carl Piergianni’s scrappy finish at the back post.

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The visitors were much better in the second half but they could not force an equaliser with Hallam Hope glancing a header wide and Jamie Hopcutt blazing over late on.

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