Aldershot 1-2 Exeter City

Jamie Cureton struck twice as Exeter bounced back from an opening day defeat with a well-earned win at Aldershot.

Cureton fired Exeter in front on 14 minutes with a powerful right-foot shot after being slid in by Alan Gow.

The Shots responded three minutes later when summer signing Craig Reid reacted quickest to bundle home after Anthony Tonkin's free-kick was not cleared.

But, with 17 minutes left, Cureton fired home the winner after Liam Sercombe's initial effort was parried.

Exeter could have won by more, Scot Bennett seeing his first-half header thump against the post, while Cureton should have done better when through on goal in stoppage time.

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Aldershot Town manager Dean Holdsworth told BBC Surrey:

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"We were below par" - Holdsworth

"It was a little bit frustrating to be honest and we were a little under par tonight, all be at 1-1 we did ever-so well to get back into the game.

"When we're below par we've got to go back to the basics and do them well, it was a little bit of a shock that we haven't done the basics well.

"We came up against a decent side tonight and I thought Jamie Cureton was a real threat, so we've got to keep together and get ready for Saturday."

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