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Exeter City 1-2 Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green ruined the party atmosphere at St James Park as they cruised to a comfortable win over third-placed Exeter.

The home side were celebrating the opening of their new Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand, but the atmosphere turned flat as a poor City side were easily beaten by Rovers.

Forest Green had the better of possession in a largely uninspiring first half, yet it was Exeter that came closest to scoring.

Pierce Sweeney's excellent pass was knocked down by Jayden Stockley and Nicky Law ran on to the ball, rounded goalkeeper Robert Sanchez but his shot clipped the inside of the near post and rolled across goal and away to safety.

The visitors went in front soon after half-time as Reece Brown picked the ball up on the corner of the penalty box and curled a delightful shot across goal and into the far top corner.

Rovers continued to play the better football and doubled their lead when Liam Shephard found himself in space on the edge of the penalty box and smashed a superb shot inside the far post.

Aaron Martin pulled a goal back in stoppage time in bizarre circumstances when his clearance from halfway went straight to Sanchez, but he inexplicably allowed the ball to go under his foot and into the net.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 13Hamon
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Martin
  • 23Croll
  • 21Moxey
  • 25Taylor
  • 6TillsonBooked at 26minsSubstituted forJayat 54'minutes
  • 8LawSubstituted forWoodmanat 80'minutes
  • 7Martin
  • 14ForteSubstituted forAbrahamsat 65'minutes
  • 11Stockley

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 4O'Shea
  • 17Jay
  • 18Oates
  • 19Abrahams
  • 22Weale
  • 27Collins

Forest Green

  • 1Sanchez
  • 2Shephard
  • 16Gunning
  • 19McGinley
  • 23Mills
  • 20Digby
  • 4JamesBooked at 46mins
  • 7WinchesterSubstituted forCollinsat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Brown
  • 14CampbellBooked at 31mins
  • 8GrubbSubstituted forArchibaldat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 11Williams
  • 13Montgomery
  • 17Pearce
  • 18Archibald
  • 21Worthington
  • 22Morris
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
4,983

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 1, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Forest Green Rovers 2. Aaron Martin (Exeter City) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Theo Archibald (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Collins replaces Carl Winchester.

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

Foul by Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt missed. Tristan Abrahams (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Craig Woodman replaces Nicky Law.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Theo Archibald replaces Dayle Grubb.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 0, Forest Green Rovers 2. Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Reece Brown.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Paul Digby.

Foul by Lee Martin (Exeter City).

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Tristan Abrahams replaces Jonathan Forte.

Foul by Aaron Martin (Exeter City).

Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Forte (Exeter City).

Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Digby (Forest Green Rovers).

Delay in match Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Aaron Martin (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Aaron Martin (Exeter City).

Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Jay replaces Jordan Tillson because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 0, Forest Green Rovers 1. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Liam Shephard.

Attempt blocked. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Lloyd James (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Lloyd James (Forest Green Rovers).

Second Half

Second Half begins Exeter City 0, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Exeter City 0, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Attempt blocked. Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Lloyd James (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City16103330141633
2MK Dons1687120101031
3Exeter1685326151129
4Newport168532326-329
5Colchester1684430161428
6Forest Green1669125151027
7Tranmere167632316727
8Stevenage167451814425
9Bury166552417723
10Crawley167272425-123
11Mansfield144911810821
12Yeovil155642216621
13Swindon165651921-221
14Port Vale166371519-421
15Oldham155551915420
16Carlisle166281620-420
17Crewe155461614219
18Northampton164661821-318
19Grimsby154381020-1015
20Cambridge164391527-1215
21Morecambe1642101528-1314
22Notts County153391834-1612
23Cheltenham152491023-1310
24Macclesfield1614111331-187
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