Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Northampton Town 0.
Marvin Morgan scored on his Hartlepool home debut to give League Two's bottom side a narrow victory over Northampton.
After a scrappy first half, the away side had the first real opening but Ricky Holmes was denied by keeper Scott Flinders when through on goal.
Soon after, Pools led when Morgan latched on to a loose Lee Collins back-pass and calmly slotted in.
Northampton pressed but Flinders made a marvellous save from Ryan Cresswell's header in the dying moments.
Jack Compton and Marlon Harewood had earlier come close to a second for the hosts, who have now won three straight home games.
Meanwhile, Chris Wilder's visitors had their five-game winning run in League Two ended at Victoria Park.
Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:
"We always knew it was going to be a test. We started the second half on the front foot and we've just gifted them a goal.
"We've lifted their staff, their supporters and their players by a mistake. We just needed to play it forward.
"For me it was always going to be decided by one goal and unfortunately for us we've not got that goal."
- 7FranksSubstituted forJonesat 78'minutes
- 11ComptonSubstituted forSmithat 89'minutes
- 30MorganSubstituted forFeatherstoneat 78'minutes
- 36CresswellBooked at 78mins
- 3HorwoodBooked at 45mins
- 19D'AthSubstituted forToneyat 57'minutes
- 25ByromBooked at 63mins
- 26HolmesSubstituted forTozerat 57'minutes
- 10O'TooleSubstituted forHackettat 75'minutes
- Nigel Miller
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Northampton Town 0.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nicky Featherstone.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Scott Flinders.
Attempt saved. Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Foul by Connor Smith (Hartlepool United).
Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Neil Austin (Hartlepool United).
Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hand ball by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).
Attempt saved. Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Connor Smith replaces Jack Compton.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by David Mirfin.
Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).
Attempt saved. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).