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Exeter City 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

Exeter City kept up with the pace at the top of League Two with a narrow 1-0 win over previous leaders Forest Green Rovers at St James Park.

Rovers overtook the Grecians at the summit last week after beating Crawley Town, but their stay was brief as Ryan Bowman's goal was all that separated the two teams.

Exeter made a fantastic start to the game and won five corners inside the opening seven minutes, but they failed to make them count.

However, the opening goal was not long in coming and it was duly arrived on 11 minutes. Jack Sparkes showed terrific trickery on the left and delivered a superb low cross which found Bowman at the near post and he volleyed past Lewis Thomas to put the Grecians in front with his fifth goal of the campaign.

Aaron Martin came to Exeter's rescue with a brilliant block to deny Jack Aitchison, while Nicky Law should have done better for Exeter, who countered quickly, but his lob drifted harmlessly over the crossbar.

Rovers had a glorious chance to equalise when Aaron Collins had a free header six yards out, but he was denied by a sensational diving save by Exeter goalkeeper Jonny Maxted.

That was as good as it got for Rovers, with Exeter seeing the game out well to sit level on points with leaders Crewe.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 23Maxted
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5MartinBooked at 83mins
  • 15Parkes
  • 11WilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 25Taylor
  • 27CollinsSubstituted forAtanganaat 72'minutes
  • 22Sparkes
  • 8Law
  • 7MartinBooked at 27minsSubstituted forFisherat 78'minutes
  • 12Bowman

Substitutes

  • 4Atangana
  • 17Jay
  • 18Fisher
  • 20Richardson
  • 21Moxey
  • 35Seymour
  • 40Visser

Forest Green

  • 24ThomasSubstituted forWollacottat 45'minutes
  • 3BernardBooked at 90mins
  • 6Rawson
  • 20Kitching
  • 22Godwin-MalifeBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMondalat 69'minutes
  • 7Winchester
  • 14AdamsBooked at 27mins
  • 23Mills
  • 29AitchisonSubstituted forMortonat 64'minutes
  • 10Collins
  • 9Stevens

Substitutes

  • 12Allen
  • 13Wollacott
  • 15Morton
  • 25Mondal
  • 28Taylor
  • 41Covil
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
5,312

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home22
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alex Fisher (Exeter City).

Booking

Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers).

Alex Fisher (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Booking

Randell Williams (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Offside, Exeter City. Alex Fisher tries a through ball, but Randell Williams is caught offside.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. James Morton tries a through ball, but Joseph Mills is caught offside.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Fisher (Exeter City).

Foul by Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers).

Jack Sparkes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by James Morton.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Law (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Foul by Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Booking

Aaron Martin (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Martin (Exeter City).

Attempt blocked. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Attempt blocked. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers).

Alex Fisher (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Alex Fisher replaces Lee Martin.

Attempt saved. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joseph Mills with a cross.

Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Nigel Atangana replaces Archie Collins.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe138232316726
2Exeter137511811726
3Bradford137331912724
4Forest Green13733147724
5Newport12651126623
6Cheltenham1264221111022
7Swindon136342016421
8Colchester135441612419
9Crawley135442120119
10Grimsby135352016418
11Plymouth134541816217
12Macclesfield134541515017
13Port Vale134541820-217
14Salford134541620-417
15Mansfield134451917216
16Cambridge134451614216
17Leyton Orient134451922-316
18Northampton134361416-215
19Walsall13436917-815
20Carlisle134271523-814
21Oldham132561423-911
22Scunthorpe132471621-510
23Stevenage131571019-98
24Morecambe131481326-137
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