Lewis Hornby made a return to playing action for the Cobblers in a 2-1 win for a reserve side in a friendly at Milton Keynes Dons.
The midfielder, who has not played first-team football since the 2013 play-off final, a period of 22 months, got in the final 20 minutes of the match.
Billy Bodin and Darren Carter were on target in the game, which also saw playing time for Shwan Jalal, Zander Diamond, John-Joe O’Toole, Ross Perry, Chris Hackett, Ivan Toney, and James Gray.
“It was a really good work out for us and the sort of game we will be looking to play more often next season,” said manager Chris Wilder.
“Ross Perry got 90 minutes in and did really well. Most of the lads out there got the full 90, including Zander Diamond, and we were able to get 20 minutes of football into Lewis Hornby, which was pleasing.”