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Accrington Stanley 2-3 Exeter City

Tom Nichols
Tom Nichols scored twice in Exeter's 3-2 victory over Shrewbury last weekend

Exeter City moved level on points with the League Two play-off places with victory at Accrington Stanley.

Liam Sercombe's volley from Craig Woodman's pass put Exeter ahead and Tom Nichols beat two defenders to fire in his sixth goal in five league games.

John O'Sullivan's 25-yard drive briefly closed the gap, before Matt Grimes scored a spectacular 30-yard free-kick to put Exeter into a 3-1 lead.

Shay McCartan broke clear to score the home side's second but Exeter held on.

The game was lively from the first whistle and after Sercombe and Alex Nicholls had early chances for Exeter, Stanley's Andy Procter saw his looping header go over and Sean Maguire went close.

Five goals of the highest quality followed as the crowd of 1,443 were treated to a thrilling game.

Tom Aldred had a late chance to level but mis-timed his header, as Accrington's run of four straight home wins came to an end.

Exeter are now level on 30 points with seventh-placed Bury and sixth-placed Plymouth, while Accrington remain 12th.

Line-ups

Accrington

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Rose
  • 6Winnard
  • 25Atkinson
  • 5Aldred
  • 3Liddle
  • 4Joyce
  • 24Proctor
  • 15MingoiaSubstituted forNaismithat 84'minutes
  • 19Maguire
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 33CrooksSubstituted forMcCartanat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McCartan
  • 9Gray
  • 11Naismith
  • 12Simpson
  • 14Carver
  • 16Hunt
  • 23Barry

Exeter

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Hamon
  • 6Ribeiro
  • 2Butterfield
  • 8Oakley
  • 3Woodman
  • 7Sercombe
  • 19Noble
  • 23NichollsSubstituted forHarleyat 79'minutes
  • 14GrimesBooked at 13mins
  • 20NicholsSubstituted forWheelerat 89'minutes
  • 31CumminsSubstituted forDaviesat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Keohane
  • 11Davies
  • 22Wheeler
  • 26Tillson
  • 30Pym
  • 33Harley
  • 34Morrison
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
1,443

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Exeter City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Exeter City 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by David Noble.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matt Oakley.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Tom Nichols.

  6. Post update

    Michael Liddle (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Atkinson (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kal Naismith replaces Piero Mingoia.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Arron Davies replaces Graham Cummins.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Ryan Harley replaces Alex Nicholls.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matt Oakley.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. John O'Sullivan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Accrington Stanley 2, Exeter City 3. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Accrington Stanley 1, Exeter City 3. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

  20. Post update

    Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 28th November 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe18105328161235
2Burton1811252521435
3Luton1810442012834
4Shrewsbury18103529151433
5Southend189451915431
6Plymouth1893621101130
7Bury189362721630
8Exeter198652725230
9Newport187742519628
10Portsmouth187562119226
11Morecambe188281920-126
12Accrington198292832-426
13Cambridge187382923624
14Northampton187382725224
15Stevenage187382626024
16Wimbledon186662325-224
17Mansfield186481521-622
18Cheltenham186481727-1022
19Oxford Utd185581923-420
20York183961722-518
21Dag & Red1853102330-718
22Carlisle1853102334-1118
23Tranmere1826101625-912
24Hartlepool1833121331-1812
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