Lawson D'Ath earned Northampton their first point in six attempts as they held high-flying Southend to a 1-1 draw.Cobblers made a bright start with D'Ath shooting wide from the edge of the box and Ryan Cresswell heading against the bar from Joel Byrom's free-kick. Debutant Brendan Moloney then cut inside but shot wide, Ricky Holmes tested Daniel Bentley and Marc Richards headed wide. In between, Michael Timlin tested Matt Duke and Shaquile Coulthirst fired straight at the Cobblers goalkeeper but Southend got on top as the half progressed and twice went close, Ben Coker hit the bar from a free-kick and Coulthirst headed against the upright. But the visitors deservedly took the lead two minutes after the restart. Corr caught out Duke at his near post with a low shot and Coulthirst forced the ball home. Luke Prosser went close with a header, Coulthirst saw his low drive saved by Duke and Payne shot wide but the Cobblers equalised in the 72nd minute. Holmes was denied by Bentley but before Southend could recover Richards quickly crossed for D'Ath to head home from six yards. Southend still looked the more likely to win it. Coulthirst was denied by Duke, David Worrall headed wide and Corr headed over before Prosser picked up a second caution late on.