Exeter midfielder Liam Sercombe scored twice as Scunthorpe's six-match unbeaten league run came to an end.

The visitors went ahead against the run of play when Sercombe drilled home right-footed from the edge of the box.

Arron Davies scored a dipping long-range effort shortly after half time, then crossed for Sercombe to tuck a shot inside the far post as Exeter scored two goals as many minutes.

Substitute Sam Parkin wrapped up the win late on with an individual effort.

Exeter are now third in League Two, behind leaders Chesterfield on goal difference, while Scunthorpe are 13th.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I thought we were second best in the first half, especially early in the game, and I thought we allowed them a lot of freedom.

"They came with a 3-5-2, which I didn't expect, and we had to adjust to it in our first 15 minutes. I thought that set the tone for the rest of the game.

"The first goal made it more difficult because they changed again to sit deeper, and we had to penetrate them and work even harder."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Scunthorpe United

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 26 Byrne
  • 03 Dawson
  • 04 McAllister Booked (Adelakun - 73' )
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Canavan
  • 07 Sparrow (Hawkridge - 53' Booked )
  • 24 Syers
  • 28 Spencer
  • 08 Burton
  • 10 Esajas (Winnall - 53' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 13 Severn
  • 14 Hawkridge
  • 15 Waterfall
  • 16 Adelakun
  • 23 Wootton
  • 29 Winnall

Exeter City

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 03 Woodman Booked
  • 14 Doherty Booked (Gill - 69' )
  • 04 Bennett
  • 06 Coles
  • 22 Keohane (Grimes - 69' )
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 19 O'Flynn Booked
  • 10 Gow (Parkin - 73' )
  • 11 Davies

Substitutes

  • 15 Moore-Taylor
  • 25 Parkin
  • 26 Tillson
  • 29 Grimes
  • 30 Pym
  • 32 Wheeler
  • 35 Gill
Ref: Charles Breakspear
Att: 3,250

Match Stats

Shots

19 7

On target

7 5

Corners

12 1

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Exeter City 4.

90:00 +3:38 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Exeter City 4.

90:00 +1:27

Attempt saved. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 0, Exeter City 4. Sam Parkin (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:36

Attempt saved. Matthew Gill (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

89:17 Booking

Booking Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

89:00

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

88:47

Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

87:46

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

86:05 Booking

Booking Craig Woodman (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

84:25

Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

84:25

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

82:46

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

82:37

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Daniel Coles.

82:32

Attempt blocked. James Spencer (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:35

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

79:35

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:46

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Scott Bennett.

77:23

Attempt blocked. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

76:36

Attempt missed. Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

74:40

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Scott Bennett.

74:07

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:07

Foul by Sam Parkin (Exeter City).

72:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Sam Parkin replaces Alan Gow.

72:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Sean McAllister.

71:01

Attempt missed. David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

70:07

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Arron Davies.

68:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Matthew Gill replaces Tommy Doherty.

68:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Grimes replaces Jimmy Keohane.

67:39

Clifford Byrne (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:39

Foul by John O'Flynn (Exeter City).

66:49

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

65:01

Attempt saved. James Spencer (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:19

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Arron Davies.

63:32

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Artur Krysiak.

63:23

Attempt saved. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:52

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Pat Baldwin.

61:35

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Pat Baldwin.

61:12

Attempt blocked. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:54

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Daniel Coles.

59:39

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

59:39

Alan Gow (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:11

Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:11

Foul by Scott Bennett (Exeter City).

56:25

Attempt saved. Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

55:50

Andy Dawson (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:50

Foul by Arron Davies (Exeter City).

55:29

Attempt saved. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Sam Winnall replaces Etienne Esajas.

52:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Terry Hawkridge replaces Matthew Sparrow.

52:18

Attempt missed. Arron Davies (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

51:53

Attempt saved. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:37

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Alan Gow.

49:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 0, Exeter City 3. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Arron Davies.

48:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 0, Exeter City 2. Arron Davies (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Woodman.

45:00

Second Half begins Scunthorpe United 0, Exeter City 1.

45:00 +1:56 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Exeter City 1.

44:24

Attempt missed. Alan Gow (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

38:35

Foul by Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United).

38:35

Pat Baldwin (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:43 Booking

Booking John O'Flynn (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

34:25

Clifford Byrne (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:25

Foul by John O'Flynn (Exeter City).

33:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 0, Exeter City 1. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John O'Flynn.

33:00

Scott Bennett (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:58

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

31:57

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

31:57

Pat Baldwin (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:13

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

31:13

Tommy Doherty (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:07

Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:07

Foul by Alan Gow (Exeter City).

29:20

Attempt missed. Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

28:15 Booking

Booking Tommy Doherty (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

28:00

David Syers (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:55

Foul by Tommy Doherty (Exeter City).

26:02

Attempt missed. Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

24:15

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by David Mirfin.

23:35 Booking

Booking Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

23:23

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

23:23

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:42

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

21:42

Alan Gow (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:19

Foul by David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United).

20:19

Alan Gow (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:16

Clifford Byrne (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:16

Foul by Alan Gow (Exeter City).

18:54

Attempt missed. James Spencer (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

16:40

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

16:40

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

14:30

Attempt saved. Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

12:23

Attempt missed. Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

12:09

Alan Gow (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:09

Foul by David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United).

9:12

Foul by John O'Flynn (Exeter City).

9:12

Clifford Byrne (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:34

Foul by David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United).

4:34

Alan Gow (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:50

Attempt missed. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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