Chelsea loanee Jon Russell was the hero for Accrington as the midfielder scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for the visitors, taking Stanley back into the top half of the League One table.
Russell’s goal came as a result of the first meaningful chance of the match as Dion Charles slipped a superb ball through the middle for the midfielder who coolly slotted past Jonathan Mitchell from the edge of the box after just two minutes.
Northampton came close to responding soon after as Sam Hoskins hit a low free kick against the Accrington post, which was as close as the hosts would come to a goal all game.
Midway through the first half, it was Stanley’s turn to hit the woodwork as Charles, who was a persistent nuisance all game, found the post from close range with Mitchell stranded.
The second half was quite like the first, Stanley having the clearer opportunities but failing to add to their advantage. Wing-back Joe Pritchard forced Mitchell into a great save just after the hour mark with a fizzing free-kick.
From the resulting corner, the Reds (who were actually in white shirts and black shorts) came close to scoring once again as defender Cameron Burgess hit the crossbar from very close range. Fans at home watching must have been wondering if these missed chances were going to come back and bite the away side.
The Cobblers didn’t have too many sights of Stanley’s goal, only managing to muster one shot on target during the whole match, with that coming in the first half as Fraser Horsfall shot straight at Savin from just inside the box.
Stanley would have one more chance to wrap up the game. As Northampton pushed more players up front in search of an equaliser, the Reds countered in rapid fashion, with Charles being played in on goal. However, the striker awkwardly shifted the ball onto his right foot and sent the resulting effort on goal narrowly wide.
Little did it matter for Accrington, as John Coleman’s men celebrated a fifth league victory of the season, despite this game being Stanley’s first match in the competition for 25 days due to 19 members of the squad and staff testing positive for Covid-19 a few weeks ago.
Spare a thought for Northampton Town manager Keith Curle though, whose 57th birthday today is going to be slightly less happy than he would have wanted as his side drop into 19th position, perilously close to the relegation zone.