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Exeter City 2-0 Forest Green Rovers

Jayden Stockley netted his 15th goal of the season as Exeter saw off struggling Forest Green.

The Grecians' record signing broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, turning in a cross from on-loan West Brom winger Kyle Edwards, whose half-time introduction changed the course of the game.

Pierce Sweeney added a second six minutes later from the penalty spot as fourth-placed Exeter bolstered their League Two automatic promotion hopes.

Forest Green dominated the first half and had their best chance when Daniel Wishart drilled a shot across the face of goal before Lee Holmes did the same for the Grecians.

Stockley headed wide from a Holmes corner early in the second half before Edwards crossed low for the former Aberdeen striker to open the scoring from six yards.

Forest Green's Haydn Hollis cleared off the line to deny Lloyd James a second Exeter goal and Jake Taylor fired wide as the hosts suddenly came alive after such a lacklustre first half.

The Grecians then went 2-0 up when the superb Edwards was brought down inside the penalty box and Sweeney hammered home the penalty.

Edwards fired high from the edge of the box for Exeter after a brilliant solo run, but the damage had already been done by then as City saw the game out comfortably.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 21Moxey
  • 3Woodman
  • 6Tillson
  • 4James
  • 7HarleySubstituted forEdwardsat 45'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 11Stockley
  • 10HolmesBooked at 82minsSubstituted forWilsonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Simpson
  • 12Jones
  • 18Seaborne
  • 19McAlinden
  • 22Wilson
  • 28Edwards
  • 44Boateng

Forest Green

  • 1Collins
  • 2Bennett
  • 16GunningBooked at 67mins
  • 20Rawson
  • 32HollisSubstituted forLairdat 59'minutes
  • 17Wishart
  • 5CollinsBooked at 68mins
  • 34OsbourneSubstituted forBrownat 86'minutes
  • 8Grubb
  • 9DoidgeSubstituted forCampbellat 71'minutes
  • 26Reid

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 10Brown
  • 12Simpson
  • 15Cooper
  • 25Campbell
  • 30Belford
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
3,382

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Attempt missed. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Exeter City).

Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Reece Brown replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

Foul by Kyle Edwards (Exeter City).

Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Kane Wilson replaces Lee Holmes.

Booking

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Tahvon Campbell replaces Christian Doidge.

Attempt blocked. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers).

Booking

Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Daniel Wishart (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Scott Laird replaces Haydn Hollis.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Forest Green Rovers 0. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Kyle Edwards (Exeter City).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 31st January 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton30186666303660
2Wycombe29157755401552
3Notts County29149648321651
4Exeter2816394033751
5Coventry29155934211350
6Mansfield291311543321150
7Swindon29162114540550
8Accrington28154948341449
9Lincoln City29139741281348
10Newport30121084136546
11Colchester30111094037343
12Crawley30126123235-342
13Carlisle29118103937241
14Stevenage30108123841-338
15Cambridge29108112839-1138
16Cheltenham3098134045-535
17Grimsby3198142843-1535
18Port Vale3096153441-733
19Yeovil2987144150-931
20Morecambe3079142941-1230
21Crewe2992183449-1529
22Chesterfield3076173053-2327
23Forest Green3075183153-2226
24Barnet2957172843-1522
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