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Exeter City 2-1 Stevenage

Exeter City moved into the League Two automatic promotion places with a hard-fought win against Stevenage.

Second-half goals from Lloyd James and Pierce Sweeney earned Exeter the win, with Matt Godden volleying in a late consolation for the visitors.

Exeter went close when Hiram Boateng's free-kick was headed goalwards by Jayden Stockley but Joe Fryer saved well and the goalkeeper picked himself up quickly to then deny Jordan Moore-Taylor on the rebound.

Ryan Harley then fired straight at Fryer from distance before the goalkeeper pulled off a fine stop to deny Sweeney.

Stevenage's first effort came when Luke Wilkinson looped a header harmlessly over the crossbar.

The breakthrough finally came eight minutes into the second half when Liam McAlinden slipped in James and he rolled the ball past Fryer from 10 yards.

Sweeney made it 2-0 when Fryer could only parry McAlinden's shot into his path, leaving the defender with a simple tap-in.

Stevenage pulled a goal back with 10 minutes remaining when Godden volleyed in from 10 yards.

Exeter should have wrapped things up in stoppage time, but substitute Matt Jay inexplicably headed against the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1PymBooked at 80mins
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Archibald-HenvilleBooked at 87mins
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forJayat 90'minutes
  • 4James
  • 44Boateng
  • 7HarleySubstituted forEdwardsat 90'minutes
  • 19McAlindenBooked at 74minsSubstituted forHolmesat 78'minutes
  • 11StockleyBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 10Holmes
  • 13Hamon
  • 18Seaborne
  • 20Jay
  • 22Wilson
  • 28Edwards
  • 33Reid

Stevenage

  • 1Fryer
  • 25Henry
  • 6Wilkinson
  • 4King
  • 3MartinBooked at 71mins
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forKennedyat 67'minutes
  • 30McKee
  • 2SmithSubstituted forBeautymanat 67'minutes
  • 11Pett
  • 24Godden
  • 15SamuelSubstituted forNewtonat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Beautyman
  • 10Kennedy
  • 16Day
  • 17Gorman
  • 18Conlon
  • 19Newton
  • 20Vancooten
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
3,448

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Stevenage 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Stevenage 1.

Lloyd James (Exeter City) hits the bar with a header from very close range.

Foul by Matt Jay (Exeter City).

Joe Martin (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Jay replaces Jake Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Kyle Edwards replaces Ryan Harley.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Christy Pym.

Attempt saved. Joe Martin (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Danny Newton (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Danny Newton (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Troy Archibald-Henville (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Troy Archibald-Henville (Exeter City).

Booking

Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ryan Harley.

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage).

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Stevenage 1. Matt Godden (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Lee Holmes replaces Liam McAlinden.

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Newton (Stevenage).

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam McAlinden (Exeter City).

Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Stevenage 0. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Joe Martin (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Martin (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Harry Beautyman replaces Jonathan Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ben Kennedy replaces Chris Whelpdale.

Foul by Hiram Boateng (Exeter City).

Jonathan Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ronnie Henry.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Danny Newton replaces Alex Samuel.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton22136351193245
2Notts County22127336211543
3Exeter2212373126539
4Wycombe22107539291037
5Accrington2111463224837
6Lincoln City2210662819936
7Coventry2210572315835
8Colchester2210573226635
9Newport229763226634
10Mansfield228953025533
11Grimsby229672526-133
12Swindon2110293228432
13Cambridge228591827-929
14Carlisle227783232028
15Cheltenham227692931-227
16Stevenage227692733-627
17Crawley2266101926-724
18Port Vale2273122332-924
19Crewe2272132435-1123
20Morecambe2257101827-922
21Yeovil2256112740-1321
22Barnet2255122432-820
23Chesterfield2255122539-1420
24Forest Green2255122342-1920
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