Luke Norris scored his third goal in three games to give struggling Northampton a point against Cheltenham.

The Robins took an early lead when good work down the right by Sam Deering ended with him cutting back for Byron Harrison to score.

Norris capitalised on a defensive mix up to level just before the break.

Harrison hooked a close range effort just off target before home keeper Matt Duke saved from Terry Gornell and Troy Brown to preserve a point.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Post-match: Northampton boss Boothroyd

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"We didn't play very well today. We showed flashes but nowhere near enough.

"We relied on an error from them, that we pushed them into, but you can't say we deserved to be ahead. In the second half, we relied on Matt Duke to keep us in it.

"There was a lot of energy spent, emotionally and physically, on Tuesday night (against Rochdale).

"Having said that, had our final ball been better, we could've won it. I don't think we deserved to win it but I don't think we deserved to lose it, either. It was very important we didn't get beaten."

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

Post-match: Cheltenham boss Yates

"I thought we were brilliant today, it's a disappointment we didn't win but there are a lot of positives to take from the game.

"It was vitally important that we got something from the game, we're all disappointed that it's only one point.

"I knew there was more to come from us; I wanted us to really grab the game by the scruff and neck. It wasn't it our intention to coast, it was just one of those games where it was too easy for us at one stage.

"We were superb, the support behind the goal was really good, I think they showed a lot of togetherness and quality but we're just disappointed."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 06 Collins
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 04 Carter
  • 18 Reid
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 17 Deegan Booked (Tozer - 61' )
  • 11 Hackett
  • 33 Norris (Demontagnac - 83' Booked )
  • 08 Morris
  • 29 Dallas

Substitutes

  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 12 Tozer
  • 19 Emerton
  • 21 McNamara
  • 24 Toney
  • 26 Harriott

Cheltenham Town

  • 01 Brown
  • 20 Jombati
  • 14 Richards
  • 25 Noble (Cureton - 75' )
  • 05 Brown
  • 02 Lowe
  • 16 Penn
  • 08 Deering
  • 10 Gornell
  • 09 Harrison
  • 04 Taylor Booked

Substitutes

  • 07 Cureton
  • 12 Roberts
  • 17 Hanks
  • 19 Kotwica
  • 22 Braham-Barrett
  • 27 Williams
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 4,033

Match Stats

Shots

8 17

On target

2 5

Corners

3 5

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

90:00 +2:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

89:33

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

89:33

Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:25 Booking

Booking Ishmel Demontagnac (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

88:04 Booking

Booking Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

88:00

Ishmel Demontagnac (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:57

Foul by Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town).

85:29

Attempt missed. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

85:09

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

85:09

Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:20

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Matthew Richards.

84:12

Attempt blocked. Ishmel Demontagnac (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ishmel Demontagnac replaces Luke Norris.

80:27

Attempt missed. Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

80:01

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

80:01

Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:44

Attempt blocked. Jamie Cureton (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78:50

Attempt saved. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:20

Attempt blocked. Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

76:44

Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

76:06

Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:06

Foul by Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town).

75:22

Attempt saved. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jamie Cureton replaces David Noble.

72:18

Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:18

Foul by Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town).

68:09

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

68:09

Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:29

Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

66:52

Attempt saved. David Noble (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

65:53

(Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:53

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

61:48

Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

60:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ben Tozer replaces Gary Deegan.

60:14

Attempt missed. Ian Morris (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

58:12

Attempt missed. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

55:50

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

52:28

Attempt missed. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

49:41

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Gary Deegan.

49:00

Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).

49:00

Keith Lowe (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:24

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:24

Foul by Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town).

46:27

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

46:27

Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:05

Attempt missed. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

45:00 +0:12

Attempt saved. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

43:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Cheltenham Town 1. Luke Norris (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.

39:12

Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:12

Foul by Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town).

38:01

Attempt missed. Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

35:59

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

35:46

Attempt blocked. Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:53

Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).

34:53

Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:10 Booking

Booking Gary Deegan (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

30:03

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

30:03

Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:32

Attempt saved. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

27:13

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

27:13

Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:18

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

22:18

Paul Reid (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:19

Foul by Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town).

21:19

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:25

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

20:25

Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:53

Foul by Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town).

17:53

Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:19

Attempt missed. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

16:17

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

15:49

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

15:36

Attempt blocked. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14:00

Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:00

Foul by Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town).

12:31

Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:31

Foul by Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town).

11:37

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Northampton Town).

11:37

Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 0, Cheltenham Town 1. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sam Deering.

7:41

Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:41

Foul by Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town).

4:45

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

4:27

Attempt blocked. Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3:46

Attempt missed. Luke Norris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

2:51

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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