League Two
NorthamptonNorthampton Town2Bristol RoversBristol Rovers2
Northampton players celebrate
Northampton were in financial difficulty earlier this season

Northampton Town secured promotion to League One despite being held to a draw by Bristol Rovers at Sixfields.

Nicky Adams headed the hosts into an early lead before Sam Hoskins side-footed in a second after the break.

Matt Taylor's header and Ellis Harrison's low effort saw Rovers fight back to earn a point to boost their own hopes of automatic promotion.

But the Cobblers, who faced a petition for administration earlier this season, are guaranteed a top-three spot.

They have lost only once in the league since Kelvin Thomas's takeover of the club in November.

Northampton fans ran onto the pitch at the final whistle
Northampton fans ran onto the pitch at the final whistle

Fifth-placed Plymouth's loss to AFC Wimbledon meant this season will be the end of Northampton's seven-year spell in the fourth tier of English football, following relegation in 2009.

The Cobblers, who only escaped relegation to non-league on the final day of the 2014 season, are now 12 points clear at the top with five games remaining.

Rovers now lie fourth, two points behind third-placed Accrington.

The attendance of 7,579 was the largest ever recorded at Sixfields and Northampton's biggest for a league game since 1987.

Northampton skipper Marc Richards will miss the end of season run-in as he is to undergo an Achilles operation next week.

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Northamptonshire cricket captain Alex Wakely congratulates the Cobblers

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 18McDonald
  • 16Buchanan
  • 21O'Toole
  • 23Rose
  • 11Holmes
  • 14HoskinsSubstituted forD'Athat 77'minutes
  • 10AdamsBooked at 37minsSubstituted forCollinsat 77'minutes
  • 27MarquisBooked at 81minsSubstituted forTaylorat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 7D'Ath
  • 8Byrom
  • 15Potter
  • 19Collins
  • 22Prosser
  • 26Clarke

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2LeadbitterBooked at 79mins
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystal
  • 3Brown
  • 23BodinSubstituted forEasterat 71'minutes
  • 14Lines
  • 16LawrenceSubstituted forMontañoat 56'minutes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 10Taylor
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forHarrisonat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Parkes
  • 9Harrison
  • 11Gosling
  • 15J Clarke
  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 25Puddy
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
7,579

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 2. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Brown.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Collins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Lee Brown.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Northampton Town).

  8. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces John Marquis.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town).

  11. Post update

    Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Booking

    John Marquis (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

  16. Booking

    Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. James Collins replaces Nicky Adams.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Lawson D'Ath replaces Sam Hoskins.

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