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Exeter City 2-1 Barnet

Two early goals were enough for Exeter to get their play-off push back on track with a 2-1 win over plucky Barnet.

The Grecians made a blistering start and were 2-0 up inside the first six minutes. The first came after great play by David Wheeler and Reuben Reid, who teed-up Jordan Moore-Taylor to rifle in a fourth-minute opener.

Then, as Barnet struggled to clear their lines, Jake Taylor poked the ball to Wheeler who managed to squeeze the ball past Jamie Stephens from barely two yards out.

Ruben Bover forced goalkeeper Christy Pym into a smart stop with a fierce free-kick and Simeon Akinola glanced a header wide as Barnet responded, while Harry Taylor was also foiled by Pym with a shot from distance.

Wheeler was off-target on the hour mark for Exeter before John Akinde reduced the arrears in the 69th minute when he smashed the ball into the back of the net from 10 yards.

As Barnet pressed for an equaliser, Pym saved well to deny Mauro Vilhete and Akinde headed a great chance over the crossbar in stoppage time.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 31Sweeney
  • 26AmpaduBooked at 62minsSubstituted forArchibald-Henvilleat 75'minutes
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 29Croll
  • 11Wheeler
  • 6Tillson
  • 25Taylor
  • 7Harley
  • 33ReidBooked at 32minsSubstituted forOakleyat 60'minutes
  • 14Watkins

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 10Holmes
  • 12Grant
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 28Stacey

Barnet

  • 1Stephens
  • 16Taylor
  • 41Clough
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 3Johnson
  • 32Vilhete
  • 28Taylor
  • 11BoverSubstituted forWestonat 68'minutes
  • 17CoulsonSubstituted forCampbell-Ryceat 45'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 14AkinolaSubstituted forAmaluzorat 78'minutes
  • 9Akinde

Substitutes

  • 6Nelson
  • 8Weston
  • 13Campbell-Ryce
  • 25Shomotun
  • 30Amaluzor
  • 31McKenzie-Lyle
  • 40Tutonda
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
4,780

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away11
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Barnet 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Barnet 1.

Foul by Justin Amaluzor (Barnet).

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Curtis Weston (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Matt Oakley (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Harry Taylor.

Booking

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Barnet) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Harry Taylor (Barnet).

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

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

Ricardo Santos (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is too high.

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

Foul by Justin Amaluzor (Barnet).

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Elliot Johnson (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Justin Amaluzor replaces Simeon Akinola because of an injury.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Attempt blocked. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Troy Archibald-Henville replaces Ethan Ampadu.

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Barnet 1. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Simeon Akinola.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Curtis Weston replaces Ruben Bover.

Attempt missed. Ruben Bover (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Simeon Akinola (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Simeon Akinola (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Ethan Ampadu (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Simeon Akinola (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ethan Ampadu (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Oakley replaces Reuben Reid.

Attempt missed. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster422510782473585
2Plymouth422471162431979
3Portsmouth422291167373075
4Luton421716960392167
5Exeter421981567501765
6Stevenage42205176557865
7Carlisle421615116061-163
8Blackpool4215161162441861
9Colchester421710156155661
10Mansfield421613135046461
11Cambridge42179165447760
12Accrington421514135451359
13Wycombe421611155251159
14Grimsby421610165255-358
15Notts County42158195069-1953
16Barnet421215155157-651
17Morecambe42148204965-1650
18Crewe421213175061-1149
19Crawley421310194863-1549
20Yeovil421016164357-1446
21Cheltenham421014184559-1444
22Hartlepool421013195169-1843
23Newport421012204664-1842
24Leyton Orient4296274377-3433
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