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HartlepoolHartlepool United2ExeterExeter City1

Hartlepool United 2-1 Exeter City

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore previously managed Tranmere, who were relegated from League Two

Hartlepool secured their Football League status following a nervy victory over Exeter at Victoria Park which ended the Grecians' play-off hopes.

Striker Scott Fenwick finished well after Jordan Moore-Taylor slipped to give the hosts an early lead.

But the visitors equalised immediately as Graham Cummins was left unmarked to head in Liam Sercombe's corner.

Aaron Tshibola's pass was finished by Jordan Hugill before half-time as Tranmere and Cheltenham were relegated.

Pools had been 10 points adrift of safety in January, having been rooted to the bottom on the table since losing 2-1 away to Cambridge at the end of October.

However, four wins in a row in March saw them climb to safety under Ronnie Moore, who took charge in the middle of December.

Fenwick could have added a third late on, only to see his goal-bound strike cleared off the line.

Exeter's loss coupled with Plymouth's victory over Tranmere means that Paul Tisdale's side will spend another season in League Two.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 2Austin
  • 26Harrison
  • 4Bates
  • 20Jones
  • 7Franks
  • 31Tshibola
  • 16Featherstone
  • 11ComptonSubstituted forMillerat 80'minutes
  • 24HugillBooked at 8minsSubstituted forHarewoodat 68'minutes
  • 17Fenwick

Substitutes

  • 8Walker
  • 9Harewood
  • 10Miller
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Nelson-Addy
  • 21Duckworth
  • 27Jones

Exeter

  • 21Hamon
  • 11Davies
  • 4Bennett
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 14McAllister
  • 8OakleyBooked at 40mins
  • 7Sercombe
  • 33HarleyBooked at 44mins
  • 10KeohaneSubstituted forNicholsat 68'minutes
  • 31CumminsSubstituted forMorrisonat 64'minutes
  • 23NichollsSubstituted forWheelerat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 20Nichols
  • 22Wheeler
  • 26Tillson
  • 27Jay
  • 30Pym
  • 34Morrison
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
4,994

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Exeter City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Exeter City 1.

  3. Post update

    Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jamie McAllister (Exeter City).

  5. Post update

    Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Neil Austin.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Dan Jones.

  10. Post update

    Tommy Miller (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Clinton Morrison (Exeter City).

  12. Post update

    Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jamie McAllister (Exeter City).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Tommy Miller replaces Jack Compton.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Clinton Morrison (Exeter City).

  16. Post update

    Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ryan Harley.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Marlon Harewood replaces Jordan Hugill.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton452710866372991
2Shrewsbury452781067293889
3Southend452412953351884
4Bury452571359401982
5Wycombe452215864432181
6Stevenage4520121362521072
7Plymouth4519111553371668
8Luton451811165244865
9Newport451811165153-265
10Northampton45187206559661
11Exeter451613165964-561
12Morecambe451612175051-160
13Dag & Red45178205757059
14Oxford Utd451416154949058
15Wimbledon451415165359-657
16Portsmouth451414175153-256
17Accrington451411205676-2053
18Cambridge451312205963-451
19York451118164550-551
20Carlisle45147245371-1849
21Mansfield45139233760-2348
22Hartlepool45128253667-3144
23Cheltenham45913233966-2740
24Tranmere45912244566-2139
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