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Cambridge United 1-0 Exeter City

Cambridge maintained their League Two play-off hopes with a narrow win over fellow challengers Exeter.

U's captain Leon Legge struck what proved to be the decisive goal after 29 minutes, powering a header beyond Christy Pym from Piero Mingoia's free-kick.

Exeter had earlier spurned a glorious chance to go ahead when Joel Grant blazed over after Ollie Watkins' shot was deflected into his path in space.

Luke Berry almost made it 2-0 six minutes before half-time when a kick from goalkeeper Will Norris ran all the way through to him, only for his effort to land on the roof of the net before Norris produced a magnificent point-blank save to keep out Reuben Reid's header.

Needing a result to solidify their own play-off spot, Exeter saw a Grant effort blocked by Legge and Lee Holmes volleyed well wide when a clearance fell to him.

Eleven minutes from the end Norris made another critical save to parry a header from the unmarked David Wheeler to preserve the lead for Cambridge, who are a point from the top seven.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 1Norris
  • 28Halliday
  • 6LeggeBooked at 80mins
  • 2Taylor
  • 19CarrollBooked at 90mins
  • 7Mingoia
  • 16O'NeilBooked at 74minsSubstituted forMcGurkat 82'minutes
  • 24NewtonSubstituted forDunneat 67'minutes
  • 21ElitoSubstituted forDunkat 72'minutes
  • 8Berry
  • 26Ikpeazu

Substitutes

  • 4Dunne
  • 11Dunk
  • 12Wharton
  • 13Gregory
  • 17McGurk
  • 18Maris
  • 22Lewis

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 31Sweeney
  • 5Archibald-HenvilleBooked at 23minsSubstituted forWheelerat 45'minutes
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 29CrollBooked at 90mins
  • 12Grant
  • 4James
  • 25TaylorBooked at 55minsSubstituted forStaceyat 58'minutes
  • 7Harley
  • 33ReidSubstituted forHolmesat 68'minutes
  • 14Watkins

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 6Tillson
  • 10Holmes
  • 11Wheeler
  • 19McAlinden
  • 28Stacey
  • 39Brown
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
6,130

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Cambridge United 1, Exeter City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cambridge United 1, Exeter City 0.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Harrison Dunk.

Booking

Jake Carroll (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jake Carroll (Cambridge United).

Attempt saved. David Wheeler (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Piero Mingoia.

Booking

Luke Croll (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam McGurk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Croll (Exeter City).

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

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Carroll (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Adam McGurk replaces Liam O'Neil.

Booking

Leon Legge (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card.

Joel Grant (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Dunne (Cambridge United).

Attempt saved. David Wheeler (Exeter City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

Attempt blocked. Uche Ikpeazu (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United).

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

Attempt blocked. Uche Ikpeazu (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Harrison Dunk replaces Medy Elito.

Attempt blocked. Joel Grant (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by James Dunne (Cambridge United).

Joel Grant (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Lee Holmes replaces Reuben Reid.

Attempt missed. Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United) header from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. James Dunne replaces Conor Newton.

Medy Elito (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke Croll (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Luke Croll (Exeter City) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Uche Ikpeazu (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

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1Doncaster432510882483485
2Plymouth432571168442482
3Portsmouth432391170383278
4Luton431717961402168
5Stevenage43206176658866
6Exeter431981667511665
7Blackpool4316161163441964
8Carlisle431616116162-164
9Cambridge43189165547863
10Colchester431711156256662
11Accrington431614135551462
12Mansfield431614135147462
13Wycombe431711155451362
14Grimsby431610175357-458
15Notts County43158205172-2153
16Barnet431215165159-851
17Morecambe43149205066-1651
18Yeovil431116164657-1149
19Crewe431213185064-1449
20Crawley431310204864-1649
21Cheltenham431114184760-1347
22Hartlepool431013205271-1943
23Newport431012214770-2342
24Leyton Orient43106274578-3336
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