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Scunthorpe United 3-1 Exeter City

Scunthorpe put some daylight between themselves and the League Two relegation zone courtesy of a 3-1 success against Exeter.

Goals from James Perch, Jamie Ward and Alex Gilliead earned the Iron only their third victory of the campaign, with Matt Jay netting what ended up being a consolation for the Grecians.

A scrappy contest sprung into life in the 24th minute when full-back Perch picked up possession midway in the visiting half and fired into the top corner from 30 yards.

Exeter were level within three minutes - Jay finding the bottom corner from an angle - only for former Northern Ireland international Ward to finish emphatically from a knock down at the back post eight minutes before the interval.

Both sides had chances after the break, with Exeter's Ryan Bowman squandering one of the best when he struck the outside of the post after getting in behind the Iron defence.

Substitute Gilliead made the game safe for the hosts just two minutes after his introduction in the 75th minute, racing in at the back post to head home Ryan Colclough's cross.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Watson
  • 14Perch
  • 26McGaheyBooked at 2mins
  • 23McArdle
  • 28Brown
  • 7Colclough
  • 4Lund
  • 5Songo'oBooked at 8mins
  • 13WardSubstituted forGillieadat 73'minutes
  • 17NovakSubstituted forSuttonat 88'minutes
  • 10van VeenSubstituted forProctorat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Butler
  • 20Gilliead
  • 22Sutton
  • 25Eastwood
  • 27Slater
  • 30Eisa
  • 33Proctor

Exeter

  • 23Maxted
  • 5Martin
  • 15ParkesBooked at 21mins
  • 21Moxey
  • 20Richardson
  • 4AtanganaSubstituted forLawat 63'minutes
  • 27Collins
  • 22SparkesSubstituted forWilliamsat 69'minutes
  • 17Jay
  • 12Bowman
  • 35SeymourSubstituted forTaylorat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 7Martin
  • 8Law
  • 11Williams
  • 18Fisher
  • 25Taylor
  • 40Visser
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,055

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Exeter City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Exeter City 1.

Attempt blocked. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Archie Collins.

Foul by Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United).

Matt Jay (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Randell Williams.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Colclough (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Proctor.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicky Law.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Scunthorpe United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Levi Sutton replaces Lee Novak.

Foul by Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jake Taylor replaces Ben Seymour.

Rory Watson (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Seymour (Exeter City).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Junior Brown.

Ryan Colclough (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jayden Richardson (Exeter City).

Hand ball by Jamie Proctor (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jamie Proctor replaces Kevin van Veen.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 3, Exeter City 1. Alex Gilliead (Scunthorpe United) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Colclough with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Alex Gilliead replaces Jamie Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Randell Williams replaces Jack Sparkes.

Attempt missed. Ryan Colclough (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Perch.

Attempt saved. Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann Songo'o with a cross.

Ryan Colclough (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Moxey (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Nicky Law replaces Nigel Atangana.

Attempt missed. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Colclough.

Foul by Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United).

Nigel Atangana (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Matthew Lund (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Matt Jay.

Offside, Exeter City. Dean Moxey tries a through ball, but Ryan Bowman is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ben Seymour (Exeter City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jayden Richardson with a cross.

Ryan Colclough (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Sparkes (Exeter City).

Second Half

Second Half begins Scunthorpe United 2, Exeter City 1.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe159332617930
2Cheltenham1484226121428
3Forest Green15843189928
4Bradford158342215727
5Newport14761158727
6Exeter157531918126
7Swindon157352219324
8Plymouth156542416823
9Northampton156361816221
10Port Vale155642122-121
11Cambridge155552014620
12Colchester155551613320
13Crawley155552323020
14Macclesfield155551618-220
15Salford155551823-520
16Grimsby155462020019
17Leyton Orient155462326-319
18Mansfield154562221117
19Walsall154381021-1115
20Oldham153571624-814
21Carlisle154291527-1214
22Scunthorpe153482024-413
23Morecambe152491428-1410
24Stevenage151681121-109
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