Match ends, Exeter City 4, Plymouth Argyle 0.
Exeter earned bragging rights in the Devon derby with an emphatic win against their county rivals Plymouth.
The Grecians went into the game having lost at Cambridge and Scunthorpe, while Argyle were high in confidence after beating Carlisle and Leyton Orient.
But Ryan Lowe's Pilgrims were no match for the Grecians, who never looked back after Nicky Law had given them a first-half lead from the penalty spot, after Lee Martin had been fouled by Josh Grant in the 42nd minute.
Tom Parkes then headed in a Randell Williams free-kick four minutes after half-time to double Exeter's lead and the Grecians went on to win at a canter, with Williams adding a delightful third after 67 minutes.
Craig Woodman, Ryan Bowman and Law all combined well before Williams was set free and he produced a delightful dinked finish over advancing goalkeeper Alex Palmer from 20 yards.
Argyle rarely threatened in the second half, with an Antoni Sarcevic shot in the first half the closest they came to scoring, and Exeter were full value for their fourth goal which came after 83 minutes as Law tucked in a rebound from a Jake Taylor shot that struck the upright.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 15ParkesBooked at 77mins
- 8LawSubstituted forJayat 86'minutes
- 12BowmanBooked at 39minsSubstituted forSeymourat 89'minutes
- 7MartinSubstituted forAtanganaat 85'minutes
- 7SarcevicBooked at 90mins
- 8EdwardsSubstituted forClarkeat 71'minutes
- 21McFadzeanBooked at 12minsSubstituted forMayorat 53'minutes
- 39RuddenSubstituted forMooreat 52'minutes
- Darren Drysdale
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Exeter City 4, Plymouth Argyle 0.
Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle).
Offside, Exeter City. Pierce Sweeney tries a through ball, but Ben Seymour is caught offside.
Attempt missed. George Cooper (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Riley with a cross.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Josh Grant.
Substitution, Exeter City. Ben Seymour replaces Ryan Bowman.
Foul by Nigel Atangana (Exeter City).
Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Jay replaces Nicky Law.
Substitution, Exeter City. Nigel Atangana replaces Lee Martin.
Tom Parkes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Billy Clarke (Plymouth Argyle).
Goal! Exeter City 4, Plymouth Argyle 0. Nicky Law (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
Jake Taylor (Exeter City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Archie Collins.
Attempt blocked. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Archie Collins.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Niall Canavan.
Tom Parkes (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.