The FA Cup - Second Round
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Exeter City 2-2 Hartlepool United

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FA Cup: Exeter City 2-2 Hartlepool United highlights

National League side Hartlepool United fought back from two goals down to salvage a draw at League Two opponents Exeter City and keep their FA Cup dream alive.

Exeter dominated the first half and took the lead with a fine goal after 21 minutes. Randell Williams, Ben Seymour and Nigel Atangana combined for Ryan Bowman to thump a close-range header past Ben Killip.

Atangana then made it 2-0 eight minutes later when a Pierce Sweeney header was kept out by Killip, but the Frenchman was on hand to tidy up on the line.

Michael Raynes headed narrowly wide at the start of the second half as Hartlepool came out fighting, and Luke James was off target from distance as the away side made all the running.

That said, Exeter were looking comfortable defensively until Nicky Featherstone reduced the arrears with a brilliant strike from 25 yards that flew into the top corner to set up a grandstand finish.

Pools then equalised when Exeter goalkeeper Jonny Maxted allowed a shot to slip through his fingers and hit the post, allowing Nicke Kabamba to tap in the rebound and earn his side a deserved replay at Victoria Park.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Hartlepool United boss Dave Challinor told BBC Tees:

"I'm delighted. We're in the draw. If you'd have offered us that before the game we would have taken it. At half-time we would have taken it a whole lot quicker.

"We can look forward to tomorrow night to see who we get [in the draw] and hopefully we're rewarded and hopefully there's a huge carrot on offer after the replay.

"It's easy to say when you're 2-0 down that the shackles are released a bit but we wanted to start the game like that. In possession we need to be more adventurous."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 23Maxted
  • 2SweeneyBooked at 72mins
  • 5MartinBooked at 76mins
  • 21Moxey
  • 11Williams
  • 4Atangana
  • 27Collins
  • 8LawSubstituted forTaylorat 69'minutes
  • 22SparkesBooked at 39mins
  • 35SeymourSubstituted forMartinat 69'minutes
  • 12Bowman

Substitutes

  • 7Martin
  • 15Parkes
  • 17Jay
  • 18Fisher
  • 20Richardson
  • 25Taylor
  • 40Visser

Hartlepool

  • 1Killip
  • 19Richardson
  • 4RaynesSubstituted forCunninghamat 72'minutes
  • 5Kerr
  • 3Kitching
  • 15MafutaSubstituted forKabambaat 72'minutes
  • 8Featherstone
  • 11Hawkes
  • 7Donaldson
  • 23Toure
  • 33JamesBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 9Kabamba
  • 10Muir
  • 14Holohan
  • 20Cunningham
  • 22Crichlow-Noble
  • 28Kennedy
  • 41Grey
Referee:
Josh Smith
Attendance:
3,638

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Hartlepool United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Hartlepool United 2.

Foul by Archie Collins (Exeter City).

Nicke Kabamba (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dean Moxey (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Hawkes (Hartlepool United).

Foul by Aaron Martin (Exeter City).

Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Lee Martin (Exeter City).

Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Attempt missed. Randell Williams (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Hartlepool United 2. Nicke Kabamba (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Kenton Richardson (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Lee Martin (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Lee Martin (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Booking

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

Foul by Aaron Martin (Exeter City).

Gime Toure (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Hartlepool United 1. Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nicke Kabamba replaces Gus Mafuta.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Aaron Cunningham replaces Michael Raynes.

Booking

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gime Toure (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Kenton Richardson (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Lee Martin replaces Ben Seymour.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jake Taylor replaces Nicky Law.

Jack Sparkes (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gime Toure (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Attempt missed. Ben Seymour (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Gime Toure (Hartlepool United).

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