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Cheltenham Town 3-4 Exeter City

Exeter came from two goals down to edge a seven-goal thriller at 10-man Cheltenham and move top of League Two.

The home side made a blistering start, with Kevin Dawson scoring twice inside 12 minutes on his full debut.

The summer signing from Yeovil tapped in Carl Winchester's cross from the right in the eighth minute to open the scoring, and it was two when Mo Eisa fed Winchester on the right and another fine delivery was touched in by Dawson.

Exeter regained their composure and pulled one back in the 38th minute through Jordan Moore-Taylor's fine free-kick from the edge of the box after Kyle Storer brought down Lloyd James.

And Reuben Reid made it 2-2 in first-half stoppage-time, tapping in after Liam McAlinden challenged for a Lee Holmes cross and the ball fell kindly for the striker.

Reid volleyed just wide in the 64th minute before Danny Wright fired into the side-netting for Cheltenham.

Exeter took the lead from the penalty spot in the 77th minute after Jamie Grimes brought down Jake Taylor, with the defender shown a straight red card.

Taylor added the fourth a minute later but substitute Dan Holman made it 4-3 in time added on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Flatt
  • 11Winchester
  • 23ForsterSubstituted forO'Shaughnessyat 71'minutes
  • 2GrimesBooked at 77mins
  • 3Cranston
  • 8DawsonSubstituted forHolmanat 79'minutes
  • 4Storer
  • 6Atangana
  • 7Pell
  • 20Eisa
  • 21GrahamBooked at 29minsSubstituted forWrightat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Wright
  • 10Holman
  • 14O'Shaughnessy
  • 18Bower
  • 19Thomas
  • 22Lovett

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 2SweeneyBooked at 10mins
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 25Taylor
  • 4James
  • 6Tillson
  • 10Holmes
  • 33ReidSubstituted forSimpsonat 88'minutes
  • 19McAlindenSubstituted forJayat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 8Simpson
  • 13Hamon
  • 14Brunt
  • 20Jay
  • 23Croll
  • 31Sparkes
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
3,168

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Exeter City 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Exeter City 4.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

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

Foul by Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town).

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

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 3, Exeter City 4. Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Jay replaces Liam McAlinden.

Foul by Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Robbie Simpson replaces Reuben Reid.

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam McAlinden (Exeter City).

Attempt saved. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Dan Holman replaces Kevin Dawson.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 2, Exeter City 4. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Liam McAlinden.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 2, Exeter City 3. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Jamie Grimes (Cheltenham Town) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by Jamie Grimes (Cheltenham Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Exeter City. Jake Taylor draws a foul in the penalty area.

Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Daniel O'Shaughnessy replaces Jordon Forster because of an injury.

Delay in match Jordon Forster (Cheltenham Town) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jamie Grimes.

Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Delay in match Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Daniel Wright replaces Brian Graham.

Brian Graham (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

Jordon Forster (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam McAlinden (Exeter City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter431074310
2Newport42209548
3Stevenage42208538
4Crewe42205328
5Luton421113587
6Accrington42119727
7Notts County42118717
8Wycombe4211101007
9Swindon421145-17
10Coventry42025326
11Carlisle42027706
12Yeovil42021014-46
13Lincoln City41217525
14Mansfield41217615
15Morecambe41213305
16Colchester411278-14
17Barnet411234-14
18Cambridge411223-14
19Forest Green4112712-54
20Crawley410345-13
21Port Vale410357-23
22Grimsby410369-33
23Cheltenham410359-43
24Chesterfield410349-53
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