Northampton Town drew 1-1 with Coventry City in a behind closed doors friendly practice match on Wednesday.
The likes of Jonny Maxted, Michael Harriman, Max Dyche, Josh Flanagan and Scott Pollock all got some game time in what coach Marc Richards described as a 'very worthwhile exercise.'
"It was a good work out and got some match practice and sharpness in to some of the squad who needed it and so it was a very worthwhile exercise," he said.
"The game allowed those players to top up their minutes and to get some match fitness under their belts which was important.
"We are heading in to a busy schedule with a number of Tuesday night games, so we need as many players match sharp and ready to go as possible as they may all be needed at some stage in the next few weeks. With that in mind we wanted to get those members of the squad a game this week and this was perfect for us.
"All of the first team staff were there, Jon Brady, Colin Calderwood, James Alger and myself and the game also gave some of the second year scholars the chance to show us what they can do playing with and against some players with first team experience."
The Cobblers took the lead in the game before the Sky Blues equalised late on.