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Exeter City 1-0 Cheltenham Town

Exeter earned a first-ever win over Cheltenham as Robins boss Paul Buckle endured a bad return to his old club.

The home side had the best chance of the first half as Tom Nichols' brilliant solo effort was excellently stopped by Robins keeper Trevor Carson.

Terry Gornell wastefully dragged Cheltenham's best chance wide from 20 yards, before Nichols broke the deadlock with a stunning 25-yard drive.

Nichols was then once again denied by Carson late on.

Cheltenham Town boss Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Buckle on Exeter v Cheltenham

"It was a tight game, 0-0 at half time - which has been the same in all five games since I've been at the club - which I was delighted with.

"Exeter are a very good side, you can see why they're in the play-off area and I thought we contained them really well.

"It was tough (losing) Matty (Taylor) so early - the captain - and (Joe) Hanks in the middle, so we had to change, but the boys that came on did really well and I would say that's our best performance since I've been at the club."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 21Hamon
  • 2Butterfield
  • 4Bennett
  • 8Oakley
  • 3Woodman
  • 23NichollsSubstituted forRibeiroat 73'minutes
  • 33HarleySubstituted forDaviesat 81'minutes
  • 7Sercombe
  • 14Grimes
  • 20Nichols
  • 34MorrisonSubstituted forWheelerat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Ribeiro
  • 10Keohane
  • 11Davies
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 22Wheeler
  • 30Pym
  • 31Cummins

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 2Vaughan
  • 4TaylorSubstituted forDeamanat 33'minutes
  • 5Brown
  • 3Braham-BarrettBooked at 44mins
  • 7Ferdinand
  • 8Richards
  • 16HanksSubstituted forKotwicaat 8'minutes
  • 28De VitaSubstituted forWilliamsat 80'minutes
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 10Gornell

Substitutes

  • 9Harrison
  • 11Haworth
  • 12Gould
  • 15Deaman
  • 17Kotwica
  • 21Williams
  • 23Bowen
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
4,591

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

(Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Matt Oakley.

Foul by Scott Bennett (Exeter City).

Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

Foul by Scott Bennett (Exeter City).

Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Scott Bennett (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

Attempt blocked. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Arron Davies replaces Ryan Harley.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Harry Williams replaces Raffaele De Vita.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt saved. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Christian Ribeiro replaces Alex Nicholls.

Attempt blocked. Raffaele De Vita (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Kane Ferdinand (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Scott Bennett.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

Attempt saved. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Cheltenham Town 0. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Clinton Morrison.

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

Foul by Danny Butterfield (Exeter City).

Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ryan Harley (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Exeter City 0, Cheltenham Town 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury22134533151843
2Wycombe22127337201743
3Burton2313463223943
4Luton22125527161141
5Southend2211562319438
6Plymouth22114728151337
7Newport2210753224837
8Exeter2310763127437
9Bury2210483329434
10Stevenage229493029131
11Morecambe2293102323030
12Wimbledon228682930-130
13Accrington2293103236-430
14Cambridge228593226629
15Portsmouth227692528-327
16Mansfield227691826-827
17Oxford Utd226792328-525
18Cheltenham226792031-1125
19Northampton2273123235-324
20Carlisle2273122840-1224
21York2241172328-523
22Dag & Red2263132536-1121
23Tranmere2247112129-819
24Hartlepool2235141640-2414
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