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Exeter City 2-1 Chesterfield

Exeter kept the pressure on Wycombe in the race for automatic promotion from League Two with a nervy 2-1 win over Chesterfield at St James Park.

City created the best of the early chances with Jayden Stockley seeing his shot saved by Aaron Ramsdale, although Kristian Dennis screwed a decent chance wide for Chesterfield.

The Grecians continued to press and they got the goal their play deserved on 39 minutes when Jake Taylor stood a cross up to the back post where Stockley powered in a header from six yards for his 22nd goal of the season.

Dennis fired tamely at Christy Pym early in the second half before the Spireites came close to an equaliser when Exeter's Lloyd James headed against his own post and George Smith was denied by a superb reflex stop by Pym on the rebound.

Pierce Sweeney forced a smart stop from Ramsey with a fierce free-kick in the 74th minute for Exeter and, from the resulting corner, Alex Whitmore turned into his own goal from Hiram Boateng's cross to double the Grecians' lead.

Chesterfield's Andy Kellett pulled one back in the 84th minute after good work by Joe Rowley but Exeter held firm to pick up an important three points.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 22Wilson
  • 2Sweeney
  • 38Storey
  • 23Croll
  • 4James
  • 6Tillson
  • 25TaylorBooked at 27mins
  • 44Boateng
  • 11Stockley
  • 8SimpsonSubstituted forJayat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 12Jones
  • 14Brunt
  • 18Seaborne
  • 20Jay
  • 28Edwards
  • 33Loft

Chesterfield

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 33WhitmoreSubstituted forRowleyat 81'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 35Nelson
  • 20Maguire
  • 27Barry
  • 28WeirSubstituted forKellettat 69'minutes
  • 25Reed
  • 19Dodds
  • 17Smith
  • 10O'GradySubstituted forBrownat 76'minutes
  • 9Dennis

Substitutes

  • 12Anyon
  • 15Rowley
  • 22Talbot
  • 24Kellett
  • 26McCourt
  • 41Hines
  • 44Brown
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
3,560

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home4
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Chesterfield 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Chesterfield 1.

Booking

Joe Rowley (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Rowley (Chesterfield).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Kristian Dennis (Chesterfield).

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Chesterfield 1. Andy Kellett (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Rowley.

Attempt saved. Andy Kellett (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Joe Rowley replaces Alex Whitmore.

Attempt missed. Lloyd James (Exeter City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is too high.

Kane Wilson (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Laurence Maguire (Chesterfield).

Attempt missed. Alex Whitmore (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Jacob Brown replaces Chris O'Grady.

Goal!

Own Goal by Alex Whitmore, Chesterfield. Exeter City 2, Chesterfield 0.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale.

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Luke Croll (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Whitmore (Chesterfield).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Louis Dodds.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Andy Kellett replaces Robbie Weir.

Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Chesterfield).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Alex Whitmore.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Alex Whitmore.

Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Chesterfield).

Bradley Barry (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kane Wilson (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Jay replaces Robbie Simpson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) because of an injury.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Christy Pym.

Attempt saved. George Smith (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Kane Wilson (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington42276970412987
2Luton432411890444683
3Wycombe432212976552178
4Exeter432371360491176
5Notts County4320131066452173
6Lincoln City4218141057431468
7Coventry422081453411268
8Mansfield4317161062481467
9Swindon43197176464064
10Carlisle431614135851762
11Colchester431613145249361
12Newport411415125152-157
13Crawley43169185461-757
14Cambridge421512154655-957
15Stevenage431313175660-452
16Cheltenham431312186261151
17Crewe43145245773-1647
18Yeovil421210205567-1246
19Port Vale431113194759-1246
20Morecambe42917164154-1344
21Forest Green42127234970-2143
22Grimsby431012213665-2942
23Barnet43910244065-2537
24Chesterfield4298254474-3035
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