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Exeter City 3-3 Walsall

Exeter fought back from three goals down after just 31 minutes to draw with Walsall in a thrilling clash at St James Park.

Walsall went ahead after 14 minutes when Dan Scarr smashed the ball across the six-yard box and defender Pierce Sweeney inadvertently turned it into his own net.

It was 2-0 after 18 minutes as Aaron Martin's slip allowed Caolan Lavery to run through on goal and he finished emphatically past Jonny Maxted.

Walsall made it 3-0 on the half-hour mark when a deep cross was headed in at the back post by Josh Gordon, but the high-flying Grecians hit back immediately when substitute Tom Parkes' header came back off the post and Ryan Bowman smashed in the rebound.

Bowman then scored again to make it 3-2 just before half-time, firing in off the post from Randell Williams' superb pass.

It was all Exeter at the start of the second half and they made it 3-3 after 65 minutes when Lee Martin's shot bobbled into the corner after a neat passing move.

Bowman was denied his hat-trick by a fine save, low down to his left by Liam Roberts, while Williams headed wide from a Jack Sparkes cross at the end for Exeter.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 23Maxted
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5MartinBooked at 80mins
  • 21MoxeySubstituted forParkesat 28'minutes
  • 11Williams
  • 4Atangana
  • 27CollinsSubstituted forTaylorat 83'minutes
  • 22Sparkes
  • 8Law
  • 7MartinSubstituted forSeymourat 83'minutes
  • 12Bowman

Substitutes

  • 14Ajose
  • 15Parkes
  • 17Jay
  • 20Richardson
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Seymour
  • 38Arthur

Walsall

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Roberts
  • 24Facey
  • 6Scarr
  • 5J Clarke
  • 3Pring
  • 10GordonBooked at 68minsSubstituted forGaffneyat 80'minutes
  • 8Kinsella
  • 16GuthrieBooked at 67minsSubstituted forBatesat 72'minutes
  • 7Sinclair
  • 25McDonaldSubstituted forSadlerat 45'minutes
  • 9Lavery

Substitutes

  • 4Sadler
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 14Roberts
  • 15Holden
  • 20Bates
  • 30Gaffney
Referee:
David Rock
Attendance:
4,323

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 3, Walsall 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 3, Walsall 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Randell Williams (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Parkes with a cross following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Rory Gaffney (Walsall).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stuart Sinclair.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Randell Williams (Exeter City).

  8. Post update

    Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alfie Bates (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rory Gaffney (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Kinsella.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Kinsella (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rory Gaffney.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Cameron Pring.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Ben Seymour replaces Lee Martin.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Jake Taylor replaces Archie Collins.

  16. Booking

    Aaron Martin (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Martin (Exeter City).

  18. Post update

    Caolan Lavery (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Rory Gaffney replaces Josh Gordon.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Exeter City. Jon Maxted tries a through ball, but Lee Martin is caught offside.