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Exeter City 1-0 Cambridge United: Alex Fisher goal puts Grecians through

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport at St James Park

Alex Fisher's close-range effort was enough to see Exeter City past fellow League Two side Cambridge United in a drab FA Cup first round replay.

It took 55 minutes for either side to register a shot when Exeter's Lee Martin stung the hands of Callum Burton from distance.

Randell Williams forced Burton to tip his free-kick over the bar 10 minutes later as the hosts took command.

Fisher was on hand to blast into the roof of the net with 20 minutes left after substitute Ben Seymour got to the byline and pulled the ball back to his strike partner.

Cambridge - who had a host of players unavailable - failed to register a meaningful effort until 13 minutes from time when Liam O'Neil shot wide of the near post from 10 yards out.

The win means Exeter will host National League side Hartlepool United in the second round next month.

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 5-3-2

  • 23Maxted
  • 3WoodmanSubstituted forSparkesat 64'minutes
  • 21Moxey
  • 5MartinBooked at 48mins
  • 2Sweeney
  • 11Williams
  • 27Collins
  • 17Jay
  • 8LawSubstituted forAtanganaat 80'minutes
  • 18Fisher
  • 7MartinSubstituted forSeymourat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Atangana
  • 12Bowman
  • 15Parkes
  • 20Richardson
  • 22Sparkes
  • 35Seymour
  • 40Visser

Cambridge

Formation 5-3-2

  • 25Burton
  • 11Dunk
  • 16Darling
  • 34Ward
  • 5TaylorSubstituted forDallasat 76'minutes
  • 2Knoyle
  • 10Maris
  • 8O'Neil
  • 30RolesBooked at 83mins
  • 26KnibbsSubstituted forJonesat 83'minutes
  • 20Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Mitov
  • 3Jones
  • 4Taft
  • 9Dallas
  • 31Dearman
  • 33Simper
  • 36Dickens
Referee:
Sam Purkiss
Attendance:
2,719

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away2
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 1, Cambridge United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Cambridge United 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Archie Collins (Exeter City).

  4. Post update

    Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Daniel Jones replaces Harvey Knibbs.

  8. Booking

    Jack Roles (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Archie Collins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jack Roles (Cambridge United).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Nigel Atangana replaces Nicky Law.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

  13. Post update

    Jack Roles (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Smith (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Andrew Dallas replaces Greg Taylor.

  17. Post update

    Ben Seymour (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by George Maris (Cambridge United).

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Exeter City 1, Cambridge United 0. Alex Fisher (Exeter City) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Seymour.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Law (Exeter City).

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