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Exeter City 1-0 Oldham Athletic

Ryan Bowman headed home the only goal of the game to keep Exeter's play-off hopes alive and end Oldham's hopes of a top seven finish.

In a pulsating contest, Latics almost went in front early on when Exeter goalkeeper Christy Pym did well to get down low and save Chris Missilou's shot, while Callum Lang saw a shot deflect wide of the near post after some poor defending from the home side.

It was far from one-way traffic, though, with Lee Martin curling a shot straight at Oldham goalkeeper Zeus De La Paz, who then saved from Nicky Law.

Exeter captain Jake Taylor fired another effort wide from 10 yards out.

Law saw another effort blocked after a lovely Exeter move before Pym pulled off a brilliant save to deny Mohamed Maouche, who tried his luck from distance.

Substitute Hiram Boateng inexplicably headed against the post just two yards from goal as Exeter started the second half with real purpose and Randell Williams curled another effort just past the post.

Bowman was denied by the legs of De La Paz before the City striker headed in from close range after Williams had seen his header brilliantly saved with 11 minutes remaining.

The win keeps Exeter in seventh and ends Oldham's play-off hopes despite their game in hand.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 2SweeneyBooked at 89mins
  • 4O'Shea
  • 21Moxey
  • 3Woodman
  • 25TaylorBooked at 61mins
  • 27Collins
  • 11WilliamsBooked at 13minsSubstituted forWilsonat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Martin
  • 8LawSubstituted forBoatengat 41'minutes
  • 12Bowman

Substitutes

  • 5Martin
  • 10Holmes
  • 13Hamon
  • 17Jay
  • 19Wilson
  • 20Wilson
  • 44Boateng

Oldham

  • 13de la Paz
  • 34Hamer
  • 26ClarkeBooked at 89mins
  • 4EdmundsonBooked at 85mins
  • 5IacovittiBooked at 45mins
  • 19LangSubstituted forBaxterat 87'minutes
  • 17MissilouSubstituted forBrangerat 66'minutes
  • 28Maouche
  • 27Nepomuceno
  • 42SyllaSubstituted forAfolayanat 81'minutes
  • 10O'Grady

Substitutes

  • 7Coke
  • 8Baxter
  • 14Benteke
  • 18Afolayan
  • 22Branger
  • 23Hunt
  • 25Uche
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
5,040

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 1, Oldham Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Oldham Athletic 0.

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

Jose Baxter (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Kane Wilson replaces Randell Williams.

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Gevaro Nepomuceno (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

(Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Jose Baxter replaces Callum Lang.

Foul by Lee Martin (Exeter City).

Thomas Hamer (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

George Edmundson (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Edmundson (Oldham Athletic).

Attempt saved. Mohammed Maouche (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Randell Williams (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Mohammed Maouche (Oldham Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Oladapo Afolayan replaces Mohamad Sylla.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Oldham Athletic 0. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Randell Williams (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Edmundson (Oldham Athletic).

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Peter Clarke (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Randell Williams (Exeter City).

Mohamad Sylla (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Johan Branger replaces Christopher Missilou.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Dara O'Shea.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Booking

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Mohammed Maouche (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City452316673403385
2Bury4422111180542677
3Mansfield452016969402976
4MK Dons4522101370492176
5Forest Green4520131268472173
6Tranmere4420121261461572
7Exeter4519121460491169
8Colchester451910166253967
9Carlisle45207186762567
10Stevenage451910165755267
11Newport441910155658-267
12Crewe45198186057365
13Oldham4416141465531262
14Swindon451516145655161
15Northampton451319135961-258
16Cheltenham451512185766-957
17Grimsby45158224356-1353
18Morecambe451411205369-1653
19Crawley45148234867-1950
20Port Vale451212213854-1648
21Cambridge451210233965-2646
22Macclesfield451013224773-2643
23Notts County45914224781-3441
24Yeovil45912244166-2539
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