York stretched their unbeaten run to five games with an impressive first half performance against out of form Exeter.

The hosts went ahead early in the first half after John McCombe headed home Adam Reed's corner.

The Minstermen doubled their lead when Michael Coulson turned in the penalty area and fired home from close range.

Exeter struck back two minutes later when Scot Bennett latched onto a loose ball from Jimmy Keohane's corner.

Exeter have now lost their last three games, whilst York are unbeaten in five.

York City manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:

Post-match: York boss Worthington

"It's three great points and we've had to work very hard for it. It's probably the hardest I've worked to try and keep them going and get them over the line.

"In the first 20 to 25 minutes it was how we like to play, at the tempo we like to play. We got two goals but then we got comfortable and it got tired and scrappy.

"When you take your foot off the accelerator it's hard to get it back on, but you've got to give the players credit.

"We stuck at it and saw the job through and it's a fantastic three points."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

York City

  • 31 Pope
  • 02 Oyebanjo
  • 03 Davies
  • 37 Reed (Platt - 89' )
  • 15 Lowe
  • 16 McCombe
  • 12 Carson Booked
  • 10 Penn
  • 07 Coulson
  • 19 Bowman (Montrose - 75' )
  • 26 Hayhurst (Jarvis - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 05 McGurk
  • 11 Jarvis
  • 14 Montrose
  • 18 Platt
  • 24 Ingham
  • 25 Dickinson
  • 28 Puri

Exeter City

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 04 Bennett Booked
  • 03 Woodman
  • 35 Gill (Grimes - 58' )
  • 06 Coles
  • 15 Moore-Taylor
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 08 Oakley
  • 22 Keohane (Richards - 77' )
  • 19 O'Flynn
  • 11 Davies (Nichols - 70' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 02 Butterfield
  • 14 Richards
  • 18 Reid
  • 20 Nichols
  • 25 Parkin
  • 29 Grimes
  • 30 Pym
Ref: Richard Clark
Att: 3,212

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

5 3

Corners

7 3

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, York City 2, Exeter City 1.

90:00 +3:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, York City 2, Exeter City 1.

90:00 +3:06

Attempt missed. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +1:43

Josh Carson (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:43

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

90:00

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

89:56

Foul by Josh Carson (York City).

89:11

Foul by Tom Platt (York City).

89:11

Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Tom Platt replaces Adam Reed.

87:39 Booking

Booking Tom Nichols (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

87:35

Josh Carson (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:35

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

84:54

Foul by Ryan Jarvis (York City).

84:54

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:38

Hand ball by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

82:00

Ryan Jarvis (York City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:57

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

81:14

Attempt saved. John O'Flynn (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

79:42

Ryan Jarvis (York City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:42

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

77:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Eliot Richards replaces Jimmy Keohane.

74:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Lewis Montrose replaces Ryan Bowman.

71:51

Attempt missed. Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

70:42

Foul by Russell Penn (York City).

70:42

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

69:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Ryan Jarvis replaces William Hayhurst.

69:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Nichols replaces Arron Davies.

68:08

John O'Flynn (Exeter City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

63:55

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Adam Reed.

62:48

Corner, York City. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

62:32

Attempt saved. Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

62:01 Booking

Booking Josh Carson (York City) is shown the yellow card.

61:35

Foul by Josh Carson (York City).

61:35

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:13

Hand ball by Josh Carson (York City).

60:17

Josh Carson (York City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:17

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

57:50

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

57:50

Foul by John O'Flynn (Exeter City).

57:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Grimes replaces Matthew Gill.

53:00

Attempt saved. Adam Reed (York City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

49:29

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

48:44

Foul by Adam Reed (York City).

48:44

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

46:26 Booking

Booking Scott Bennett (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

46:14

William Hayhurst (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:14

Foul by Scott Bennett (Exeter City).

45:00

Second Half begins York City 2, Exeter City 1.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, York City 2, Exeter City 1.

45:00 +1:58

Corner, York City. Conceded by Scott Bennett.

45:00 +0:18

Russell Penn (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:18

Foul by Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City).

40:30

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Lanre Oyebanjo.

36:03

Russell Penn (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:03

Foul by Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City).

32:43

Attempt missed. Keith Lowe (York City) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

32:24

Corner, York City. Conceded by Scott Bennett.

31:24

Hand ball by Keith Lowe (York City).

28:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! York City 2, Exeter City 1. Scott Bennett (Exeter City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Coles.

27:18

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Keith Lowe.

26:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! York City 2, Exeter City 0. Michael Coulson (York City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Keith Lowe following a set piece situation.

25:35

William Hayhurst (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:35

Foul by Scott Bennett (Exeter City).

20:54

Hand ball by John McCombe (York City).

18:31

Attempt missed. Josh Carson (York City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

17:44

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

16:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! York City 1, Exeter City 0. John McCombe (York City) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Adam Reed following a corner.

16:01

Corner, York City. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

13:50

Attempt saved. Ryan Bowman (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

11:39

Attempt missed. Ryan Bowman (York City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

10:09

Attempt missed. Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

9:19

Foul by Russell Penn (York City).

9:19

Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:56

Attempt saved. Keith Lowe (York City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

5:44

Corner, York City. Conceded by Liam Sercombe.

5:22

Corner, York City. Conceded by Daniel Coles.

3:39

Attempt missed. Russell Penn (York City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

2:19

Foul by Keith Lowe (York City).

2:19

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:53

Corner, York City. Conceded by Matt Oakley.

0:28

Foul by Keith Lowe (York City).

0:28

John O'Flynn (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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