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Exeter City 0-0 Cheltenham Town

Exeter and Cheltenham cancelled each other out in a dour goalless draw at St James Park.

With Exeter starting the game in fifth and Cheltenham one place and a point behind their hosts, a good game of football was expected. But on a chilly afternoon in Devon, chances were very much at a premium.

It took until the 20th minute for the first chance of the game. A long Jonny Maxted goal kick went straight through to Exeter striker Ryan Bowman, but he dragged his shot wide from 18 yards.

Jack Sparkes then stung the palms of Cheltenham goalkeeper Scott Flinders with a rasping shot from distance, but the away side offered little to nothing as an attacking force in those first 45 minutes.

It took the Robins until the 56th minute to register a shot on target and that was an effort from Sean Long that was charged down by an Exeter defender before being gathered by Maxted.

Exeter substitute Lee Martin saw a low cross deflect into the arms of Flinders and Randell Williams was off target after cutting in off the right wing, while Cheltenham seemed happy to settle for a point.

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Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 23Maxted
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Martin
  • 21Moxey
  • 11Williams
  • 4AtanganaSubstituted forTillsonat 79'minutes
  • 27Collins
  • 22Sparkes
  • 17JayBooked at 87minsSubstituted forWoodmanat 87'minutes
  • 12Bowman
  • 18FisherSubstituted forMartinat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 6Tillson
  • 7Martin
  • 20Richardson
  • 34Hartridge
  • 35Seymour
  • 40Visser

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Flinders
  • 5Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 26Greaves
  • 2Long
  • 11Broom
  • 7ThomasBooked at 81mins
  • 21Doyle-Hayes
  • 3Hussey
  • 32VarneyBooked at 72mins
  • 20ReillySubstituted forAddaiat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Clements
  • 9Reid
  • 14Sheaf
  • 16Addai
  • 22Lovett
  • 23Ince
  • 27Smith
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
4,956

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 0, Cheltenham Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Cheltenham Town 0.

  3. Booking

    Lee Martin (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lee Martin (Exeter City).

  5. Post update

    Jacob Greaves (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lee Martin (Exeter City).

  8. Post update

    Jacob Greaves (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Addai with a cross.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Craig Woodman replaces Matt Jay.

  13. Booking

    Matt Jay (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Matt Jay (Exeter City).

  15. Post update

    Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces Gavin Reilly.

  17. Booking

    Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Dean Moxey (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town).

  20. Post update

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