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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Exeter City 0, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

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

Booking

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

Foul by Lee Martin (Exeter City).

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

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

Foul by Lee Martin (Exeter City).

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

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

Foul by Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town).

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Craig Woodman replaces Matt Jay.

Booking

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

Foul by Matt Jay (Exeter City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces Gavin Reilly.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town).

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

Foul by Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jordan Tillson replaces Nigel Atangana.

Attempt missed. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Jay.

Attempt missed. Matt Jay (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nigel Atangana with a headed pass.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Conor Thomas tries a through ball, but Luke Varney is caught offside.

Booking

Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Lee Martin replaces Alex Fisher.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Chris Hussey tries a through ball, but Gavin Reilly is caught offside.

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Exeter City. Jack Sparkes tries a through ball, but Ryan Bowman is caught offside.

Aaron Martin (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Cheltenham Town).

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Ryan Broom tries a through ball, but Gavin Reilly is caught offside.

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

Attempt saved. Sean Long (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Ryan Broom tries a through ball, but Luke Varney is caught offside.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon1810353122933
2Forest Green179442011931
3Bradford169342415930
4Crewe179352722530
5Exeter188642320330
6Cheltenham1685327141329
7Northampton188462619728
8Port Vale187742423128
9Newport167631713427
10Colchester177552216626
11Plymouth177552520526
12Salford186662328-524
13Cambridge186572319423
14Mansfield185672625121
15Macclesfield175661720-321
16Crawley185672530-521
17Leyton Orient185582430-620
18Grimsby155462020019
19Scunthorpe184682325-218
20Carlisle1853101931-1218
21Walsall1853101426-1218
22Oldham173771826-816
23Morecambe1835101630-1414
24Stevenage172781221-913
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