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Accrington Stanley 1-1 Exeter City

Accrington v Exeter City
Accrington are one point clear at the top of League two with two games in hand on second-placed Luton Town

Accrington Stanley's automatic promotion bid from League Two is on hold after they were held to a draw by Exeter.

Table-topping Stanley needed a win over the Grecians to secure promotion to the third tier of English football for the first time in their history - but a draw means all the focus is now on Tuesday's home game with Yeovil.

Former Stanley loan player Jayden Stockley fired Exeter ahead after a cagey opening.

Matt Jay's initial effort was saved and Stockley pounced on a loose ball in the area, finding the roof of the net midway through the first half with his 21st goal of the season.

They could have doubled their lead moments later but Aaron Chapman finger-tipped over a Jay volley, while promotion-hopefuls Exeter, who slip to fifth, survived some pinball in their area with Billy Kee unable to connect.

Kayden Jackson equalised after 38 minutes with a solo goal, getting the ball on the edge of the area from Mark Hughes and driving it home for his 15th goal of the season.

Kee came close to adding to Stanley's tally but his long-range effort went narrowly over the bar.

Accrington started the second half strongly with Jordan Clark's 35-yard strike not far off, although - at the other end - Chapman had to be alert to keep out a Stockley strike with one hand.

Jake Taylor was also denied by the home keeper, Exeter's Hiram Boateng saw his fierce effort deflected just wide while, at the other end, Christy Pym denied Jordan Clark as the two sides shared the spoils.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Chapman
  • 26Johnson
  • 3Hughes
  • 2Dunne
  • 4DonacienSubstituted forRichards-Evertonat 68'minutes
  • 7Clark
  • 8Brown
  • 28ConneelyBooked at 80mins
  • 11McConville
  • 29Kee
  • 10Jackson

Substitutes

  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 6Nolan
  • 9Zanzala
  • 12Williams
  • 16Maxted
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 32Rodgers

Exeter

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Pym
  • 22Wilson
  • 2Sweeney
  • 38Storey
  • 21MoxeySubstituted forCrollat 71'minutes
  • 4James
  • 6Tillson
  • 44Boateng
  • 20JaySubstituted forEdwardsat 74'minutes
  • 11Stockley
  • 25Taylor

Substitutes

  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 12Jones
  • 14Brunt
  • 18Seaborne
  • 23Croll
  • 28Edwards
  • 33Loft
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
3,135

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away9
Corners
Home13
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Exeter City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Exeter City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley).

  5. Post update

    Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Luke Croll.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jordan Storey.

  11. Post update

    Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Luke Croll (Exeter City).

  13. Post update

    Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jayden Stockley (Exeter City).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Luke Croll.

  16. Booking

    Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

  18. Post update

    Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Tillson (Exeter City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington41266968412784
2Luton432411890444683
3Wycombe422211976552177
4Notts County4320131066452173
5Exeter422271358481073
6Coventry422081453411268
7Mansfield4317161062481467
8Lincoln City4118131057431467
9Swindon43197176464064
10Carlisle431614135851762
11Colchester431613145249361
12Newport411415125152-157
13Crawley43169185461-757
14Cambridge421512154655-957
15Stevenage431313175660-452
16Cheltenham431312186261151
17Crewe43145245773-1647
18Yeovil411210195565-1046
19Port Vale431113194759-1246
20Morecambe42917164154-1344
21Forest Green42127234970-2143
22Grimsby431012213665-2942
23Barnet43910244065-2537
24Chesterfield4198244372-2935
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