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Exeter City 1-0 Mansfield Town

Ryan Bowman caught Mansfield napping to fire the winner as Exeter maintained their unbeaten run at the top of League Two thanks to a 1-0 victory.

The Stags switched off as Dean Moxey's long throw picked out Bowman, who let the ball bounce before lashing a fierce effort past Conrad Logan and into the roof of the net.

The fifth-minute opener proved decisive as Exeter made it two wins from three homes games this season, while the visitors finished with 10 men.

After Bowman's early goal, Nicky Maynard wasted a glorious chance to level when he chested the ball down and lashed wide.

Exeter came close to doubling their lead towards the end of the first half - Randell Williams swung over a corner and Bowman's header came back off the post before Danny Rose cleared the ball off the line.

Mansfield best chance for an equaliser came in the 78th minute when substitute Omari Sterling-James blasted an effort narrowly past the post.

The home side almost sealed the win after Jake Taylor's stunning volley rattled the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Mansfield were reduced to 10 men in the 86th minute after Ryan Sweeney was adjudged to have used an elbow to floor Bowman.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Ward
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Martin
  • 21Moxey
  • 11Williams
  • 17JaySubstituted forWoodmanat 88'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 27Collins
  • 22SparkesBooked at 84mins
  • 12BowmanBooked at 26mins
  • 7Martin

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 6Tillson
  • 14Ajose
  • 15Parkes
  • 18Fisher
  • 20Richardson
  • 23Maxted

Mansfield

  • 1Logan
  • 4PrestonSubstituted forHamiltonat 78'minutes
  • 5Pearce
  • 17SweeneyBooked at 86mins
  • 20Gordon
  • 7MacDonald
  • 16TomlinsonBooked at 28minsSubstituted forSterling-Jamesat 70'minutes
  • 3Benning
  • 8Mellis
  • 11Maynard
  • 32Rose

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 10Khan
  • 18Afolayan
  • 22Hamilton
  • 24Sterling-James
  • 30Smith
  • 31Stone
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
4,316

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 1, Mansfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Mansfield Town 0.

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town).

Archie Collins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by CJ Hamilton with a cross.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Martin (Exeter City).

Kellan Gordon (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Martin (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Craig Woodman replaces Matt Jay.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Dismissal

Ryan Sweeney (Mansfield Town) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Booking

Jack Sparkes (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Omari Sterling-James (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Sparkes (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Malvind Benning.

Attempt missed. Dean Moxey (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Martin with a headed pass following a corner.

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town).

Matt Jay (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Exeter City. Lewis Ward tries a through ball, but Ryan Bowman is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. CJ Hamilton replaces Matt Preston.

Attempt missed. Omari Sterling-James (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Offside, Mansfield Town. Matt Preston tries a through ball, but Danny Rose is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Omari Sterling-James replaces Willem Tomlinson.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Randell Williams.

Kellan Gordon (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Jay (Exeter City).

Dangerous play by Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town).

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

Foul by Kellan Gordon (Mansfield Town).

Jack Sparkes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Willem Tomlinson.

Foul by Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town).

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Attempt missed. Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter642073414
2Newport633062412
3Crewe640277012
4Grimsby6321137611
5Swindon6321117411
6Plymouth6312106410
7Macclesfield631285310
8Crawley6312108210
9Forest Green631255010
10Port Vale623189-19
11Cheltenham62228538
12Bradford62226428
13Cambridge62226608
14Colchester62226608
15Leyton Orient622279-28
16Salford61418807
17Northampton62136607
18Carlisle6213710-37
19Mansfield61328806
20Morecambe6123610-45
21Walsall612338-55
22Oldham611438-54
23Stevenage603326-43
24Scunthorpe6015513-81
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