Match ends, Exeter City 2, Cheltenham Town 1.
Robbie Simpson marked his return with a goal as Exeter came from behind to beat Cheltenham 2-1 and boost their hopes of promotion from League Two.
Simpson was making his first start since suffering a broken ankle a year ago and he drew Exeter level before Jordan Storey's 81st-minute winner sealed the three points for the Grecians.
Jayden Stockley hit the bar for Exeter, but Cheltenham went in front after 37 minutes when captain Carl Winchester picked the ball up some way out.
The midfielder advanced forward and unleashed a fine low shot that beat Christy Pym from 20 yards and found the bottom corner.
The Grecians were level three minutes before half-time, though, when Simpson volleyed home from Jake Taylor's superb cross.
Exeter started the second half purposefully, with Dean Moxey striking the outside of the far post.
Jerell Sellars came even closer for Cheltenham when his shot hit the inside of the post before being hacked clear by the Exeter defence.
Exeter midfielder Hiram Boateng was next to hit the woodwork as his shot deflected onto the top of the crossbar and behind.
However, in the 81st minute, Storey thumped a header home from Lloyd James' corner to seal a massive win for the fourth-placed hosts.
Report supplied by Press Association.
- 8SimpsonSubstituted forJayat 71'minutes
- 33ChatzitheodoridisBooked at 68minsSubstituted forCranstonat 83'minutes
- 8DawsonSubstituted forAndrewsat 83'minutes
- 11WinchesterSubstituted forPellat 45'minutes
- Charles Breakspear
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Cheltenham Town 1.
Foul by Jayden Stockley (Exeter City).
William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).
Taylor Moore (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Hiram Boateng (Exeter City).
Joe Morrell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).
Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jordan Cranston replaces Ilias Chatzitheodoridis.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jake Andrews replaces Kevin Dawson.
Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Taylor Moore (Cheltenham Town).
Goal! Exeter City 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Jordan Storey (Exeter City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lloyd James with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Joe Rodon.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Taylor Moore.
Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Nigel Atangana (Cheltenham Town).
Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high following a corner.