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Exeter City 2-0 Port Vale

Exeter City stayed top of League Two following a comfortable win over Port Vale at St James Park.

Exeter dominated the first half but, for all their possession, they struggled to break down a well-drilled Vale defence.

Ben Seymour, making his first start in the English Football League, had Exeter's best chance, but he toe-poked the ball wide from 18 yards, while Tom Parkes saw a header cleared off the line.

Vale only really got going after the break, with Adam Crookes firing high over the bar after a quickly taken free-kick, while Pierce Sweeney saw another shot blocked by Vale's stubborn backline.

Exeter came close in the 66th minute when a Nicky Law corner was cleared against their own post by a Port Vale defender and Ryan Bowman and Sweeney saw follow-up shots blocked.

However, the deadlock was finally broken in the 81st minute when a Lee Martin shot was spilled by Scott Brown and Bowman reacted quickest to head into the net.

Exeter made it 2-0 in the 89th minute when Randell Williams crossed low and Martin got a shot away which deflected off Kieran Kennedy and went into the net.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Ward
  • 2Sweeney
  • 15Parkes
  • 21Moxey
  • 20RichardsonSubstituted forWilliamsat 63'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 27Collins
  • 22SparkesSubstituted forMartinat 87'minutes
  • 8Law
  • 12Bowman
  • 35SeymourSubstituted forMartinat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 5Martin
  • 7Martin
  • 11Williams
  • 17Jay
  • 18Fisher
  • 23Maxted

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 6Kennedy
  • 5Legge
  • 15SmithBooked at 31mins
  • 3CrookesBooked at 36mins
  • 7WorrallBooked at 76mins
  • 4Joyce
  • 16TaylorBooked at 33minsSubstituted forCullenat 83'minutes
  • 17BrowneSubstituted forLloydat 66'minutes
  • 21BennettSubstituted forPopeat 79'minutes
  • 11Montaño

Substitutes

  • 9Pope
  • 13Cullen
  • 14Pugh
  • 20Burgess
  • 22Lloyd
  • 28Brisley
  • 30Maddison
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
3,765

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home22
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Port Vale 0.

Attempt missed. Mark Cullen (Port Vale) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Pope with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Port Vale 0. Lee Martin (Exeter City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Randell Williams with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Aaron Martin replaces Jack Sparkes.

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

Foul by Kieran Kennedy (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Law.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Mark Cullen replaces Jake Taylor.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Port Vale 0. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Lee Martin (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Randell Williams.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Law (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Taylor with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jake Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Tom Pope replaces Richie Bennett.

Jack Sparkes (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

David Worrall (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Worrall (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Offside, Exeter City. Jake Taylor tries a through ball, but Ryan Bowman is caught offside.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

Attempt blocked. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicky Law.

Attempt missed. Richie Bennett (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lewis Ward.

Attempt saved. Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Richie Bennett.

Offside, Port Vale. Cristian Montaño tries a through ball, but Richie Bennett is caught offside.

Foul by Lee Martin (Exeter City).

Kieran Kennedy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ryan Lloyd replaces Rhys Browne.

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

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Kieran Kennedy.

Offside, Port Vale. Richie Bennett tries a through ball, but David Worrall is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Richie Bennett (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Kennedy with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Randell Williams replaces Jayden Richardson.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Lee Martin replaces Ben Seymour.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Rhys Browne (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Port Vale. Leon Legge tries a through ball, but Rhys Browne is caught offside.

Dean Moxey (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter9630146821
2Crewe96031311218
3Cheltenham9522179817
4Swindon95221711617
5Forest Green952275217
6Newport944185316
7Crawley94321411315
8Cambridge9423139414
9Bradford9423118314
10Northampton9414108213
11Grimsby93331512312
12Plymouth93331411312
13Colchester933397212
14Macclesfield93331010012
15Port Vale9333912-312
16Salford92521112-111
17Carlisle93241115-411
18Mansfield92341013-39
19Leyton Orient92341116-59
20Walsall923449-59
21Oldham9144914-57
22Morecambe9135816-86
23Scunthorpe91261017-75
24Stevenage9036614-83
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