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Exeter City 1-2 Hartlepool United

Hartlepool scored two goals in 90 seconds as they completed an unlikely comeback at Exeter League Two.

Liam McAlinden put Exeter ahead, but a double blow inflicted by Hartlepool in the second half saw Michael Woods and Billy Paynter secure the points for the visitors.

Before his goal, McAlinden had a chance for Exeter after 17 minutes when he ran onto Tom McCready's long ball forward, but his shot took a deflection and went over the bar.

However, McAlinden broke the deadlock after 31 minutes when Ollie Watkins reacted quickly to a quick Craig Woodman throw and pulled the ball back to the former Wolves striker, who rolled the ball across goal and into the far corner.

Hartlepool were poor and made a double change at the break and it was one of those new faces, Padraig Amond who should have levelled straight after half-time, but he poked wide of goal after some poor Exeter defending.

Ollie Watkins then hit the post for Exeter before Lloyd James curled a free-kick against the top of the crossbar as the hosts sought a second goal.

Hartlepool equalised after 74 minutes as Exeter failed to clear and Woods rammed home the loose ball.

Soon after it was 2-1, as Lewis Alessandra crossed low into the box and Paynter lashed home from 10 yards to give Hartlepool the lead. Watkins missed Exeter's best chance to equalise as he glanced a header wide.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 2McCreadySubstituted forEganat 89'minutes
  • 31SweeneyBooked at 61mins
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3WoodmanSubstituted forJayat 86'minutes
  • 25TaylorBooked at 38mins
  • 4JamesBooked at 46mins
  • 6TillsonBooked at 8mins
  • 14Watkins
  • 19McAlindenSubstituted forRiley-Loweat 70'minutes
  • 8Simpson

Substitutes

  • 20Jay
  • 23Riley-Lowe
  • 24Byrne
  • 26Ampadu
  • 30Pym
  • 36Egan
  • 38Storey

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 2Magnay
  • 22Nsiala
  • 5JonesSubstituted forBatesat 45'minutes
  • 3Carroll
  • 14Woods
  • 18HawkinsSubstituted forAmondat 45'minutes
  • 4FeatherstoneBooked at 52mins
  • 15Alessandra
  • 10PaynterSubstituted forOatesat 86'minutes
  • 7Thomas

Substitutes

  • 6Bates
  • 9Amond
  • 11Oates
  • 13Bartlett
  • 17Deverdics
  • 19Richards
  • 28Laurent
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
3,322

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 1, Hartlepool United 2.

Full Time

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

Attempt blocked. Matt Jay (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Kyle Egan replaces Tom McCready.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Jay (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Jay replaces Craig Woodman.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rhys Oates replaces Billy Paynter.

Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom McCready (Exeter City).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Lloyd James.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United).

Tom McCready (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Hartlepool United 2. Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Carl Magnay.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Hartlepool United 1. Michael Woods (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Alex Byrne replaces Liam McAlinden.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Attempt saved. Aristote Nsiala (Hartlepool United) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

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

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Aristote Nsiala.

Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United).

Lloyd James (Exeter City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United).

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

goal

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