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Exeter City 2-1 Cheltenham Town

Robbie Simpson marked his return with a goal as Exeter came from behind to beat Cheltenham 2-1 and boost their hopes of promotion from League Two.

Simpson was making his first start since suffering a broken ankle a year ago and he drew Exeter level before Jordan Storey's 81st-minute winner sealed the three points for the Grecians.

Jayden Stockley hit the bar for Exeter, but Cheltenham went in front after 37 minutes when captain Carl Winchester picked the ball up some way out.

The midfielder advanced forward and unleashed a fine low shot that beat Christy Pym from 20 yards and found the bottom corner.

The Grecians were level three minutes before half-time, though, when Simpson volleyed home from Jake Taylor's superb cross.

Exeter started the second half purposefully, with Dean Moxey striking the outside of the far post.

Jerell Sellars came even closer for Cheltenham when his shot hit the inside of the post before being hacked clear by the Exeter defence.

Exeter midfielder Hiram Boateng was next to hit the woodwork as his shot deflected onto the top of the crossbar and behind.

However, in the 81st minute, Storey thumped a header home from Lloyd James' corner to seal a massive win for the fourth-placed hosts.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 38Storey
  • 21Moxey
  • 3Woodman
  • 44Boateng
  • 4James
  • 6Tillson
  • 25Taylor
  • 8SimpsonSubstituted forJayat 71'minutes
  • 11Stockley

Substitutes

  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 12Jones
  • 14Brunt
  • 20Jay
  • 22Wilson
  • 23Croll
  • 33Loft

Cheltenham

  • 24Flinders
  • 28Moore
  • 15Boyle
  • 27Rodon
  • 33ChatzitheodoridisBooked at 68minsSubstituted forCranstonat 83'minutes
  • 8DawsonSubstituted forAndrewsat 83'minutes
  • 11WinchesterSubstituted forPellat 45'minutes
  • 25Morrell
  • 6Atangana
  • 17Sellars
  • 20Eisa

Substitutes

  • 3Cranston
  • 7Pell
  • 18Bower
  • 21Graham
  • 22Lovett
  • 35Andrews
  • 50Lloyd
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
4,420

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Exeter City).

William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

Taylor Moore (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hiram Boateng (Exeter City).

Joe Morrell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jordan Cranston replaces Ilias Chatzitheodoridis.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jake Andrews replaces Kevin Dawson.

Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Taylor Moore (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Jordan Storey (Exeter City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lloyd James with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Joe Rodon.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Taylor Moore.

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

Foul by Nigel Atangana (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by William Boyle.

Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Exeter City).

Taylor Moore (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Storey (Exeter City).

Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Jay replaces Robbie Simpson.

Dean Moxey (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town).

Booking

Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham Town).

Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town).

Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jordan Storey (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington39255966402680
2Luton412211884434177
3Wycombe412111975552074
4Exeter40216135445969
5Notts County4118131061431867
6Lincoln City401813957421567
7Coventry401981350381265
8Mansfield401615957431463
9Swindon40195166160162
10Colchester411613125145661
11Carlisle411612135750760
12Newport391315114950-154
13Crawley41159175158-754
14Cambridge401412144252-1054
15Cheltenham411212175960-148
16Stevenage401212165457-348
17Yeovil38129175359-645
18Crewe41135235267-1544
19Port Vale411013184557-1243
20Morecambe39915153848-1042
21Forest Green40117224869-2140
22Grimsby41911213363-3038
23Chesterfield3897224168-2734
24Barnet4189243763-2633
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