Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Cambridge United 0.
Northampton made it three wins in a row in League Two with a home victory over Cambridge United.
Both goals came in the first half as Harry Smith's fine finish and an own goal from George Taft lifted the Cobblers to within three points of the top seven.
Cambridge goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov was called into action to tip over Scott Wharton's header before opposite number David Cornell produced an equally good stop from Paul Lewis midway through the first half.
Northampton moved in front after 26 minutes when Smith latched onto Nicky Adams' through ball and applied a composed finish into the bottom corner.
Mitov was quick off his line to deny Smith a second but the Cobblers striker played a role in doubling the lead when his cross was diverted into the net by Taft in first-half stoppage time.
Mitov stood tall to prevent Smith adding a third shortly after half-time while Cornell was at his best to thwart Marc Richards on his return to Sixfields as Northampton kept a third straight clean sheet.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 16S Wharton
- 44AndersonSubstituted forWatersat 58'minutes
- 4McCormackBooked at 51minsSubstituted forLinesat 69'minutes
- 7HoskinsBooked at 45mins
- 9SmithSubstituted forWilliamsat 73'minutes
- 34WardSubstituted forKnibbsat 71'minutes
- 19LambeBooked at 45mins
- 18RichardsSubstituted forO'Neilat 86'minutes
- 20SmithSubstituted forDallasat 78'minutes
- Graham Salisbury
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Cambridge United 0.
Foul by Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United).
Scott Pollock (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United).
Scott Wharton (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United).
Charlie Goode (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).
Foul by Luke Hannant (Cambridge United).
Billy Waters (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Cambridge United. Liam O'Neil replaces Marc Richards.
Offside, Northampton Town. Scott Pollock tries a through ball, but Andy Williams is caught offside.
Kyle Knoyle (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Wharton (Northampton Town).
Attempt missed. Andy Williams (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt saved. George Taft (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Hannant.
Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.