Exeter 0-1 Cheltenham

Cheltenham kept their hopes of automatic promotion alive as Russell Penn's goal brought victory at Exeter.

It came inside the first five minutes as Sido Jombati's deep free-kick was headed back across goal and fell to Penn on the edge of the box, who fired a low shot into the far corner.

Exeter responded positively with Jamie Cureton and Jamie Reid going close.

Jimmy Keohane blazed over the bar from 18 yards for Cheltenham and was then superbly denied by keeper Scott Brown.

Defeat for the Grecians ended their hopes of making the play-offs, but fourth-placed Cheltenham can still go up automatically with a win over Bradford on the final weekend, provided Rotherham lose at home to bottom club Aldershot.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

Media playback is not supported on this device

Key injuries cost us - Tisdale

"There are plenty of reasons why we fell short of the play-offs, we've been left wanting in one or two areas of our game.

"I thought it was a fantastic effort today from a group that's been depleted with half a dozen definite starters, with young players coming into the side.

"I thought it was one of the best first-half performances of the season from us.

"If you're going to be a serious promotion team, you can't be guessing on young players, we have no back-up."