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Forest Green Rovers 1-3 Exeter City

Reuben Reid
Reuben Reid has scored six goals for Exeter so far this season

Reuben Reid's double helped early season pacesetters Exeter maintain their blistering start to the League Two season with an emphatic win over struggling Forest Green.

Paul Tisdale's table-toppers stung Mark Cooper's side early on when Christian Doidge's air kick gift-wrapped an opportunity for Exeter's Pierce Sweeney to thump home after four minutes.

Doidge looked to atone for his early error as he bolted onto a Drissa Traore ball, but Grecians keeper Christy Pym blocked bravely at his near post.

Rovers found themselves 2-0 down after 18 minutes. City's Lee Holmes waltzed through to watch his shot cleared off the line by Liverpool loanee Toni Gomes, but the ball dropped to Reid, who rolled the ball in from just inside the box.

Reid then arrowed in a 53rd minute third after keeper Brad Collins could only parry Jake Taylor's stinger.

Rovers, who have now leaked 18 goals in six games, rallied somewhat with Doidge striking the post.

And Cooper's side were handed late hope when substitutes Omar Bugiel and Shamir Mullings combined for the latter to finish inside the box with 15 minutes to go.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Collins
  • 5Collins
  • 2BennettBooked at 83mins
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Laird
  • 4Traoré
  • 8Noble
  • 15CooperSubstituted forBugielat 66'minutes
  • 25Correia GomesSubstituted forWishartat 58'minutes
  • 9DoidgeSubstituted forMullingsat 71'minutes
  • 19Randall-Hurren

Substitutes

  • 10Brown
  • 11Bugiel
  • 14Mullings
  • 17Wishart
  • 21Roberts
  • 24Pickering
  • 33James

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 25Taylor
  • 4JamesBooked at 31mins
  • 6Tillson
  • 10Holmes
  • 33ReidSubstituted forBoatengat 80'minutes
  • 19McAlindenSubstituted forStockleyat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 11Stockley
  • 13Hamon
  • 20Jay
  • 21Moxey
  • 28Edwards
  • 44Boateng
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
2,909

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Exeter City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Exeter City 3.

Dangerous play by Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Foul by Omar Bugiel (Forest Green Rovers).

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Exeter City).

Daniel Wishart (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Attempt saved. Lloyd James (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Forest Green Rovers).

Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Booking

Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Hiram Boateng replaces Reuben Reid.

Foul by Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Foul by Omar Bugiel (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Exeter City 3. Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Omar Bugiel.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jayden Stockley replaces Liam McAlinden.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Shamir Mullings replaces Christian Doidge.

Attempt saved. Omar Bugiel (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Dangerous play by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Omar Bugiel replaces Charlie Cooper.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Lloyd James.

Attempt missed. Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Daniel Wishart replaces Toni Correia Gomes.

Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter6510115616
2Accrington6411148613
3Notts County6411117413
4Crewe6321105511
5Stevenage6321107311
6Wycombe63211311211
7Barnet6312106410
8Coventry631263310
9Swindon631289-110
10Mansfield623112849
11Lincoln City62319639
12Newport62319639
13Luton622213858
14Colchester6213101007
15Cambridge621346-27
16Carlisle6213811-37
17Yeovil62131016-67
18Crawley620478-16
19Grimsby6204813-56
20Morecambe612347-35
21Cheltenham6114510-54
22Forest Green6114918-94
23Chesterfield6114514-94
24Port Vale610559-43
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