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Exeter City 2-2 Carlisle United: Game completed after 70-minute delay

By Phil Cartwright & Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Fans in the Stagecoach Stand are evacuated onto the pitch
Fans in the Stagecoach Stand are evacuated onto the pitch

Exeter's League Two game with Carlisle United was halted for more than an hour after smoke was seen coming from the back of a stand at St James Park.

The Stagecoach Stand, which houses a mixture of home and away supporters, was evacuated at 15:10 GMT with the cause believed to be a smoke grenade.

Police have made an arrest in connection with the incident, which saw fans evacuated onto the pitch.

The game restarted at 16:18 GMT and finished in a 2-2 draw.

The home side were ahead thanks to an early goal from Jayden Stockley when the match was interrupted.

Carlisle levelled after the delay through Charlie Wyke before David Wheeler put City in front late in the second half, only for Luke Joyce to draw Carlisle level five minutes later.

The match eventually finished at 18:02 GMT, more than 70 minutes after it should have ended.

Exeter academy coach Daniel Kelly was among those evacuated and took these pictures of the scene...

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BBC Radio Devon's Exeter City summariser Andrew Barge, who was live on air at the time of the evacuation, told BBC Sport: "All the people in the old grandstand were evacuated just after Exeter had taken an early lead.

"We could hear alarms going off and nobody took any notice of them. A few minutes later, we saw a steward coming over beckoning the players off, and the players came off the field.

"A few moments later, we were told to evacuate the grandstand and that's what we did. The rest of the ground was as it was. No other stands were evacuated."

Paul Tisdale
Exeter manager Paul Tisdale was among those waiting for news on the pitch after the evacuation

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Olejnik
  • 6Ribeiro
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3WoodmanBooked at 48mins
  • 22Wheeler
  • 7Harley
  • 8OakleyBooked at 53mins
  • 10Holmes
  • 33Stockley
  • 29WatkinsBooked at 61mins

Substitutes

  • 4Noble
  • 5McAllister
  • 13Morrison
  • 26Tillson
  • 30Pym
  • 31Grant
  • 38Taylor

Carlisle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gillespie
  • 2Miller
  • 6AtkinsonSubstituted forRaynesat 74'minutes
  • 27Ellis
  • 26GillespheyBooked at 82minsSubstituted forAsamoahat 84'minutes
  • 24Hope
  • 4Joyce
  • 7Kennedy
  • 3GraingerBooked at 81mins
  • 9Wyke
  • 21RiggSubstituted forGillieadat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Raynes
  • 10Héry
  • 11Brough
  • 13Hanford
  • 17Gilliead
  • 25Asamoah
  • 44McQueen
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
3,375

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCarlisle
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 2, Carlisle United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Carlisle United 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Troy Brown.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Harley (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Derek Asamoah.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

  9. Post update

    Tom Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Troy Brown (Exeter City) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Exeter City 2, Carlisle United 2. Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Troy Brown.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. Derek Asamoah replaces Macaulay Gillesphey.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Booking

    Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United).

  19. Booking

    Danny Grainger (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton36247565353079
2Oxford Utd361811761352665
3Plymouth36198951321965
4Bristol Rovers361951252361662
5Accrington35179958431560
6Portsmouth361514757342359
7Leyton Orient361511105248456
8Wycombe35167123832655
9Wimbledon361411115345853
10Carlisle35131395452252
11Mansfield36149134642451
12Cambridge36149135048251
13Luton36148145049150
14Exeter361310134751-449
15Barnet36138154852-447
16Crawley36136174156-1545
17Morecambe36117185764-740
18Newport351010153949-1040
19Notts County35117174658-1240
20Yeovil36911163647-1138
21Stevenage36810184260-1834
22Hartlepool33104193655-1934
23York3669213867-2927
24Dag & Red36510213461-2725
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