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Exeter City 0-1 Crawley Town

Exeter City are still searching for their first point of the season as Crawley Town completed the ultimate smash-and-grab at St James' Park.

The home side dominated the first half and went in at the break wondering how they had not gone in front.

Ollie Watkins hit the crossbar with a spectacular overhead kick, while Liam McAlinden spurned the chance to head Exeter in front when he missed a header from Robbie Simpson's header back across goal.

Jason Banton was Crawley's most dangerous player and he curled a shot wide from 20 yards at the beginning of the second half.

Exeter's best chance fell to Watkins after 68 minutes when a partially-cleared cross fell at his feet, but he rushed his finish and screwed his shot high over the bar.

Exeter were beginning to run out of ideas and Crawley hit them on the break with the only goal of the game with six minutes remaining.

Poor defending allowed Josh Yorwerth to walk through the Exeter defence and plant a low shot into the bottom corner from 15 yards.

Lloyd James curled a free-kick over the bar in stoppage time, but that was Exeter's only real effort at goal after Yorwerth's strike.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31Sweeney
  • 26Ampadu
  • 16Oakley
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forMcCreadyat 90+1'minutes
  • 4JamesBooked at 81mins
  • 7Harley
  • 14Watkins
  • 8SimpsonBooked at 66mins
  • 19McAlindenSubstituted forRiley-Loweat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McCready
  • 3Woodman
  • 6Tillson
  • 20Jay
  • 23Riley-Lowe
  • 30Pym
  • 39Brown

Crawley

  • 13Mersin
  • 2Young
  • 5Davey
  • 6Connolly
  • 14BlackmanBooked at 85mins
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 4PayneSubstituted forYorwerthat 81'minutes
  • 8Smith
  • 10BantonSubstituted forBawlingat 84'minutes
  • 18B CliffordSubstituted forHarroldat 67'minutes
  • 19CollinsBooked at 47mins

Substitutes

  • 1Beeney
  • 3Arthur
  • 9Harrold
  • 15Yorwerth
  • 17Bawling
  • 22McNerney
  • 23Pappoe
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
2,660

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home3
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 0, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

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

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. James Collins (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Lloyd James (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Tom McCready replaces Jake Taylor because of an injury.

Ryan Harley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town).

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

Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Jason Banton.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 0, Crawley Town 1. Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Harrold.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Josh Yorwerth replaces Josh Payne.

Booking

Lloyd James (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Payne (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

Attempt blocked. Ryan Harley (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Attempt missed. Robbie Simpson (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Matt Harrold replaces Billy Clifford.

Booking

Robbie Simpson (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Andre Blackman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Connor Riley-Lowe replaces Liam McAlinden.

Attempt missed. Robbie Simpson (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Andre Blackman (Crawley Town).

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Banton (Crawley Town).

Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

Booking

James Collins (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by James Collins (Crawley Town).

Second Half

Second Half begins Exeter City 0, Crawley Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Exeter City 0, Crawley Town 0.

Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ethan Ampadu.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton32106247
2Colchester32106337
3Mansfield32105327
4Crawley32103127
5Morecambe32014316
6Barnet31204225
7Hartlepool31206515
8Crewe31205415
9Carlisle31203215
10Leyton Orient31114224
11Blackpool31114314
12Yeovil31113214
13Doncaster31114404
14Wycombe31113304
15Accrington311145-14
16Grimsby31025503
17Cheltenham30303303
18Newport310245-13
19Plymouth310225-33
20Portsmouth302113-22
21Notts County301225-31
22Cambridge301214-31
23Stevenage301226-41
24Exeter300315-40
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