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Exeter City 3-0 Cheltenham Town

Exeter got their promotion bid back on track with a first win in eight games as they cruised to victory against Cheltenham at St James' Park.

The Grecians were looking to bounce back from Saturday's disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Accrington, and they started with intent.

Lloyd James' cross fizzed across the six-yard box with no-one on hand to convert, and Ryan Harley saw a shot deflect just over the crossbar.

However, Exeter's pressure told a minute before half-time when David Wheeler was felled by goalkeeper Scott Brown and Reuben Reid converted the penalty for his 10th goal of the season.

It was 2-0 six minutes after the break as Reid bagged his second goal of the game, lashing home from 12 yards from Jake Taylor's lay-off.

And it was 3-0 shortly afterwards as a Taylor shot from 12 yards took a wicked deflection to leave Brown wrong-footed.

Cheltenham, with manager Gary Johnson absent through illness, rarely threatened and were well beaten with their best chance coming late in the game, Exeter goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik pushing Jack Munns' effort wide of the post.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 28Stacey
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3WoodmanBooked at 79mins
  • 7Harley
  • 6Tillson
  • 4James
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forOakleyat 81'minutes
  • 33ReidSubstituted forWatkinsat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11WheelerSubstituted forMcAlindenat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Grant
  • 14Watkins
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 21Hamon
  • 29Croll
  • 31Sweeney

Cheltenham

  • 1Brown
  • 2Barthram
  • 23OnariaseBooked at 18mins
  • 24O'ShaughnessySubstituted forMunnsat 45+1'minutes
  • 32Plavotic
  • 17CranstonBooked at 90mins
  • 21Dayton
  • 7Pell
  • 27WinchesterBooked at 38minsSubstituted forRoweat 55'minutes
  • 8Waters
  • 19WoottonSubstituted forWrightat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Downes
  • 9Wright
  • 11Munns
  • 18Rowe
  • 22Lovett
  • 30Holman
  • 33Davis
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
3,539

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 3, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 3, Cheltenham Town 0.

Foul by Jack Stacey (Exeter City).

Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

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

Foul by Manny Onariase (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. James Dayton (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Oakley replaces Jake Taylor.

Attempt saved. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

James Dayton (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces David Wheeler.

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

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Tin Plavotic.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jordan Cranston.

Foul by David Wheeler (Exeter City).

Manny Onariase (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Manny Onariase.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jordan Cranston.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Daniel Wright replaces Kyle Wootton.

Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

Kyle Wootton (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

James Dayton (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Ollie Watkins replaces Reuben Reid.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 3, Cheltenham Town 0. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Rowe replaces Carl Winchester.

Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Cheltenham Town 0. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jake Taylor.

Attempt missed. Kyle Wootton (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Exeter City 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Half Time

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Doncaster37229671432875
2Plymouth372161057401769
3Portsmouth371981059312865
4Carlisle37151485654259
5Luton361513853332058
6Stevenage37184156152958
7Exeter371761459431657
8Blackpool371315956381854
9Colchester37159135348554
10Mansfield371313114342152
11Wycombe371410134546-152
12Cambridge36148144742550
13Grimsby37148154446-250
14Barnet361114114549-447
15Morecambe36137164455-1146
16Accrington351111134446-244
17Crawley37128174359-1644
18Yeovil361013133645-943
19Crewe371012154154-1342
20Hartlepool371011164861-1341
21Notts County37117194165-2440
22Cheltenham37912163851-1339
23Newport36711184058-1832
24Leyton Orient3795234063-2332
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