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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 4,562) 25th August 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Steve Martin

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Southend United Southend

Northamptn 3

A Akinfenwa (65)
D Artell (82)
A Nicholls (86)

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Southend 3

B Assombalonga (57)
K Ferdinand (78)
R Cresswell (90+5)

Cobblers left cursing Cresswell

Last Updated: 31/08/12 1:09pm

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Cresswell: Rescued a point

Cresswell: Rescued a point

Ryan Cresswell grabbed a late equaliser as Southend picked up their first point of the season with a 3-3 draw at Northampton.

Alex Nicholls looked to have grabbed another late winner as Northampton twice came from behind to lead 3-2 until Cresswell popped up to earn a point.

Britt Assombalonga broke the deadlock in the 55th minute, taking advantage of a slip by Kelvin Langmead to beat Lee Nicholls via the upright. Substitute Adebayo Akinfenwa equalised moments after coming off the bench, Clive Platt flicking on Joe Widdowson's 65th-minute cross for the burly striker to score from close range.

Kane Ferdinand put the visitors back in front in the 78th minute, firing home after Cobblers failed to clear.

The lead only lasted one minute this time as David Artell shot home from close range after Cameron Belford failed to hold on to Chris Hackett's drive. And Nicholls put the Cobblers in front in the 84th minute when he headed home Langmead's chip.

But Cresswell was pushed up front late on and fired home the equaliser after Northampton failed to deal with a hopeful ball into the box.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Shrewsbury Town 23 44
2 Wycombe Wanderers 23 44
3 Burton Albion 23 43
4 Luton Town 23 42
5 Newport County AFC 23 40
6 Southend United 23 39
7 Plymouth Argyle 23 37
8 Bury 23 37
9 Exeter City 24 37
10 Stevenage 23 34
11 AFC Wimbledon 23 33
12 Morecambe 23 33
13 Accrington Stanley 22 30
14 Cambridge United 23 29
15 Portsmouth 23 28
16 Oxford United 23 28
17 Mansfield Town 23 27
18 York City 23 26
19 Cheltenham Town 23 25
20 Northampton Town 23 24
21 Carlisle United 23 24
22 Tranmere Rovers 23 22
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 23 22
24 Hartlepool United 23 14