The FA Cup - First Round
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Didcot Town 0-3 Exeter City

Highlights: Didcot 0-3 Exeter

Exeter City booked their place in the second round of the FA Cup with victory over Southern League Division One South & West side Didcot Town.

The League Two club lost to Northern Premier Division One side Warrington Town at this stage last season.

There was to be no repeat as Clinton Morrison chipped them ahead before Tom Nichols and Alex Nicholls tapped in.

Didcot, the lowest ranked team in round one, saw Bobby Olejnik tip James Organ's shot on to the bar late on.

The home side, of the eighth tier, were playing in round one of the FA Cup for the first time but they were well beaten.

Exeter had the better of the first half and went close when Didcot keeper Leigh Bedwell tipped away Jamie McAllister's curling shot.

But they took the lead early in the second half when veteran striker Morrison clipped a shot over Bedwell and in off the bar from 15 yards.

Nichols netted the second from close range after Bedwell had tipped David Wheeler's header on to the bar, before Nicholls tapped in substitute Joel Grant's cross.

Exeter's victory was only their third in the FA Cup in boss Paul Tisdale's nine years in charge at St James' Park.

Line-ups

Didcot Town

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Bedwell
  • 2HeapySubstituted forWilliamsat 87'minutes
  • 5Carnell
  • 6Learoyd
  • 3Organ
  • 11Longford
  • 4Ballard
  • 8SelfBooked at 38minsSubstituted forFrancisat 65'minutes
  • 7Dutton-Black
  • 10MartinSubstituted forPowellat 90+1'minutes
  • 9JanesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 12Woodley
  • 14Deabill
  • 15Williams
  • 16Collins
  • 17Francis
  • 18Powell
  • 19Edney

Exeter

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Olejnik
  • 11Davies
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 5McAllisterBooked at 61mins
  • 22Wheeler
  • 19OyelekeSubstituted forNichollsat 62'minutes
  • 4Noble
  • 7Harley
  • 13MorrisonBooked at 39minsSubstituted forGrantat 78'minutes
  • 20NicholsBooked at 56minsSubstituted forWatkinsat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 14Nicholls
  • 21Hamon
  • 23McCready
  • 26Tillson
  • 29Watkins
  • 31Grant
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
2,707

Match Stats

Home TeamDidcot TownAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home6
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away11
Corners
Home0
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Didcot Town 0, Exeter City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Didcot Town 0, Exeter City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Powell (Didcot Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lance Williams.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie McAllister.

  5. Booking

    Mark Janes (Didcot Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Jamie McAllister (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Mark Janes (Didcot Town).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Didcot Town. Jack Powell replaces Marvin Martin.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Didcot Town. James Organ tries a through ball, but Mark Francis is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joel Grant.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Exeter City. Alex Nicholls tries a through ball, but Joel Grant is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Didcot Town. Lance Williams replaces Jamie Heapy.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Arron Davies (Exeter City).

  14. Post update

    James Organ (Didcot Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Harley (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joel Grant.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Joel Grant (Exeter City).

  19. Post update

    Jack Longford (Didcot Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Organ (Didcot Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Longford with a cross.