Ethan Galbraith scored the game’s only goal as Salford claimed their first victory over Northampton with a 1-0 win at Sixfields.
Salford’s third successive away triumph came courtesy of Galbraith’s crisp finish late in the first half as they moved within two points of the League Two automatic-promotion places.
The opening 25 minutes were cagey and lacked any sort of goalmouth action before things warmed up.
Visiting goalkeeper Tom King was twice called into action in a matter of minutes either side of the half-hour mark, reacting smartly from Kieron Bowie and doing likewise to deny Sam Hoskins.
King also tipped over Sam Sherring’s back-post effort, but Salford scored against the run of play in first half stoppage time when Ibou Touray’s cutback was side-footed into the bottom corner by Galbraith.
Bowie curled a fine effort just wide moments after the restart, but Northampton struggled to turn their dominance of possession into clear-cut chances throughout the second half and succumbed to their second 1-0 defeat in the space of four days.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 20LintottSubstituted forCrossat 84′minutes
- 11PinnockBooked at 53mins
- 4SowerbySubstituted forFoxat 84′minutesBooked at 87mins
- 10HyltonSubstituted forFelix-Eppiahat 66′minutes
- 2. 3Maxted
- 35O’BrienSubstituted forEasthamat 62′minutes
- 9HendrySubstituted forSmithat 76′minutes
- 10BaileySubstituted forlundaat 90+4′minutes
- 11Simões Inácio
- Lee Swabey
Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Salford City 1.
Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Salford City 1.
Matt Smith (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kieron Bowie (Northampton Town).
Substitution, Salford City. Matthew Lund replaces Odin Bailey.
Foul by Matt Smith (Salford City).
Ali Koiki (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Ben Fox (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Ben Fox (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Foul by Ryan Leak (Salford City).
Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Northampton Town. Ben Fox replaces Jack Sowerby.
Substitution, Northampton Town. Liam Cross replaces Harvey Lintott.
Attempt missed. Josh Felix-Eppiah (Northampton Town) header from the center of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Hoskins with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Luke Bolton.
Attempt missed. Elliot Watt (Salford City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Odin Bailey.
Ibou Touray (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Felix-Eppiah (Northampton Town).
Theo Vassell (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mitchell Pinnock (Northampton Town).