Leyton Orient and Northampton each finished with 10-men as a late penalty from Josh Wright sparked a mass brawl at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Wright’s spot-kick cancelled out a first-half goal by Ryan Watson before ugly scenes marred the end of the match.

Scott Wharton was sent-off in the 88th minute together with Orient’s James Dayton by referee Alan Young for violent conduct after a brawl involving at least 14 players followed the penalty.

The Cobblers deservedly went in front in the 43rd minute when the unmarked Watson collected a headed pass by Vadaine Oliver and drilled home a 20-yard shot.

The visitors should have taken the lead after nine minutes when keeper Sam Sargeant sent an intended clearance to Matthew Warburton but his left-footed shot struck the woodwork.

Orient stepped up a gear after the interval and defender Dan Happe was denied an equaliser when Charlie Goode blocked a goal-bound effort before David Cornell palmed away a Dayton shot.

The O’s were finally rewarded on 83 minutes when Wharton handled a cross in the penalty area and Wright stepped forward to convert the spot-kick.

However, before play could restart, tempers became frayed leading to the 14-man brawl.

Report supplied by PA Media



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