Josh Low grabbed a late winner against his former club to give Cheltenham victory over Northampton.

Darryl Duffy was awarded an early penalty after being fouled by Kelvin Langmead and converted the resulting spot kick to put the visitors ahead.

Arron Davies equalised for the Cobblers before Adebayo Akinfenwa headed them into the lead from Lewis Young's cross

Low picked out Duffy to put Cheltenham level before the former Northampton man stroked Duffy's lay off into the net.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Northampton:

"We were very poor defensively on the break and that was the team as a whole.

"I thought at 2-1 we were in control of the game.

"I'm really disappointed, the lads are really down. It's a long old season and we'll see where we end up."

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Gloucestershire:

"The manner in which we won showed tremendous character, belief and commitment. We coped with them admirably and got what we deserved.

"Both of the goals were disappointing on our part but I'm not going to criticise any of the players because the performance was outstanding today.

"The right winger was getting too much joy so I changed the formation after 25 minutes and we showed that we are made of sterner stuff and pulled it back."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Northampton

  • 01 Walker
  • 05 Tozer
  • 06 Webster
  • 14 Johnson (Thornton - 84' )
  • 16 Ofori-Twumasi
  • 28 Langmead Booked
  • 07 Davies
  • 17 Jacobs
  • 02 Young Booked
  • 08 Robinson (Savage - 83' )
  • 10 Akinfenwa

Substitutes

  • 26 Hall
  • 03 Corker
  • 04 Thornton
  • 15 Turnbull
  • 27 Savage

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Lowe
  • 03 Andrew (Jombati - 73' )
  • 06 Elliott
  • 15 Bennett
  • 07 Pack Booked
  • 16 Penn
  • 25 Summerfield (Low - 64' )
  • 09 Duffy
  • 10 Goulding
  • 23 Mohamed (Smikle - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Jombati
  • 24 Hooman
  • 04 Bird
  • 08 Low
  • 11 Smikle
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 4,114

Match Stats

Shots

19 15

On target

11 7

Corners

5 0

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:51 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +5:48

Ben Tozer sends in a cross, clearance by Steve Elliott.

90:00 +4:42

Outswinging corner taken by Arron Davies, clearance by Sido Jombati.

90:00 +4:07

Corner taken by Michael Jacobs, clearance made by Joshua Low.

90:00 +3:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marlon Pack on Arron Davies. Sam Walker takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:40

The ball is sent over by Arron Davies, Headed effort from inside the area by Byron Webster misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +1:45

Volleyed right-footed shot by Ben Tozer. Save by Scott P Brown.

90:00 +0:46

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line, clearance by Steve Elliott.

90:00 +0:26

The ball is delivered by Lewis Young, blocked by Joshua Low.

88:26

The referee blows for offside. Scott P Brown takes the indirect free kick.

87:36

Arron Davies takes a shot. Sido Jombati gets a block in.

85:26

Jeff Goulding takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

84:32

Joshua Low takes a shot. Byron Webster gets a block in.

83:54

Brian Smikle takes a shot. Kevin Thornton gets a block in.

82:56 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Thornton joins the action as a substitute, replacing John Johnson.

82:56 Substitution

Substitution Bas Savage replaces Jake Robinson.

82:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kelvin Langmead by Darryl Duffy. Free kick taken by Sam Walker.

79:34

Assist on the goal came from Brian Smikle.

79:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Joshua Low - Northamp'n 2 - 3 Cheltenham A goal is scored by Joshua Low from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Northampton 2-3 Cheltenham.

78:23

The ball is delivered by Arron Davies, Close range headed effort by John Johnson goes wide of the left-hand post.

77:36

Arron Davies takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Marlon Pack manages to make a clearance.

77:11

Michael Jacobs takes a shot. Scott P Brown makes a save.

76:00

Marlon Pack concedes a free kick for a foul on Arron Davies. Free kick taken by Sam Walker.

74:04

Short corner taken by Arron Davies, Effort on goal by Michael Jacobs from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

72:58

Foul by Brian Smikle on John Johnson, free kick awarded. Sam Walker takes the direct free kick.

71:30

Direct free kick taken by Scott P Brown.

71:30 Substitution

Substitution Danny Andrew leaves the field to be replaced by Sido Jombati.

71:30 Substitution

Substitution Brian Smikle comes on in place of Kaid Mohamed.

71:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Steve Elliott.

70:37

Foul by Arron Davies on Marlon Pack, free kick awarded. Steve Elliott restarts play with the free kick.

69:14

A cross is delivered by Michael Jacobs, blocked by Keith Lowe.

67:47

Joshua Low provided the assist for the goal.

67:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Darryl Duffy - Northamp'n 2 - 2 Cheltenham Darryl Duffy grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Northampton 2-2 Cheltenham.

67:14

The ball is sent over by Arron Davies, save by Scott P Brown.

66:21

Lewis Young sends in a cross, Steve Elliott manages to make a clearance.

65:51

Michael Jacobs is caught offside. Scott P Brown takes the indirect free kick.

64:58

Joshua Low crosses the ball, Jeff Goulding takes a shot. Save made by Sam Walker.

63:02 Substitution

Substitution Joshua Low on for Luke Summerfield.

62:07

Michael Jacobs produces a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Arron Davies clears the bar.

59:20

Michael Jacobs delivers the ball.

58:23

Luke Summerfield has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

56:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Elliott by Byron Webster. Direct free kick taken by Scott P Brown.

54:30

Kaid Mohamed takes a shot. Kelvin Langmead gets a block in.

53:57

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott P Brown.

50:02

Assist on the goal came from Lewis Young.

50:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Adebayo Akinfenwa - Northamp'n 2 - 1 Cheltenham Adebayo Akinfenwa finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Northampton 2-1 Cheltenham.

48:35

Adebayo Akinfenwa is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Steve Elliott.

47:21

Unfair challenge on Byron Webster by Jeff Goulding results in a free kick. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:27 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:20 Booking

Booking Marlon Pack is shown a yellow card.

45:00 +1:56

Russell Penn crosses the ball, Kaid Mohamed takes a shot.

45:00 +1:31

A cross is delivered by Lewis Young, Marlon Pack manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +0:11

Foul by Marlon Pack on Lewis Young, free kick awarded. Sam Walker takes the direct free kick.

44:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Elliott by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Scott P Brown restarts play with the free kick.

42:30

Long distance effort from Jeff Goulding misses to the left of the goal.

40:57

Effort from 30 yards by Michael Jacobs. Keith Lowe gets a block in.

40:20

The ball is sent over by Danny Andrew.

38:45

Adebayo Akinfenwa provided the assist for the goal.

38:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Arron Davies - Northamp'n 1 - 1 Cheltenham Arron Davies gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Northampton 1-1 Cheltenham.

38:38

The ball is crossed by Michael Jacobs,

36:05

Lewis Young sends in a cross, clearance made by Steve Elliott.

34:47

Michael Jacobs produces a cross, clearance made by Alan Bennett.

33:46

Shot from 12 yards by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Save by Scott P Brown.

33:06

Jake Robinson takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Bennett.

32:40

Michael Jacobs takes a shot. Steve Elliott gets a block in.

32:05

Kaid Mohamed sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Jeff Goulding misses to the right of the target.

31:16

Adebayo Akinfenwa has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

28:17

Adebayo Akinfenwa challenges Alan Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Bennett takes the direct free kick.

27:13 Booking

Booking Lewis Young is shown a yellow card for dissent.

26:07

Arron Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Elliott.

25:09

Centre by Ben Tozer.

24:21

Effort from long distance by Russell Penn goes wide right of the target.

23:08

Foul by Russell Penn on Lewis Young, free kick awarded. Keith Lowe crosses the ball, Header by Kelvin Langmead from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

20:56

A cross is delivered by Lewis Young, Header from deep inside the area by Adebayo Akinfenwa goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

19:51

Effort from long range by Jeff Goulding goes wide right of the target.

18:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Summerfield by Jake Robinson. Free kick taken by Scott P Brown.

18:14

Darryl Duffy has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

17:04

Shot by Michael Jacobs. Luke Summerfield gets a block in.

15:56

Effort on goal by Jake Robinson from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

15:21

Foul by Danny Andrew on Ben Tozer, free kick awarded. Kelvin Langmead restarts play with the free kick.

13:38

Russell Penn is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Arron Davies takes the free kick.

12:44

Foul by Kaid Mohamed on John Johnson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John Johnson.

11:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Darryl Duffy - Northamp'n 0 - 1 Cheltenham Darryl Duffy scores a power penalty. Northampton 0-1 Cheltenham.

10:36 Booking

Booking Caution for Kelvin Langmead.

9:58

Unfair challenge on Darryl Duffy by Kelvin Langmead results in a Penalty.

9:33

Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi delivers the ball, save by Scott P Brown.

8:29

Jake Robinson is caught offside. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.

7:01

Russell Penn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Arron Davies. Sam Walker takes the free kick.

6:11

The ball is delivered by Jeff Goulding, Sam Walker makes a save.

5:21

Unfair challenge on Luke Summerfield by Ben Tozer results in a free kick. Keith Lowe restarts play with the free kick.

4:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against Darryl Duffy. Sam Walker takes the free kick.

3:54

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Alan Bennett, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Scott P Brown.

2:58

Kaid Mohamed fouled by Michael Jacobs, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Elliott restarts play with the free kick.

0:34

The referee penalises Byron Webster for handball. Marlon Pack produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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