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Exeter City 3-2 Northampton Town

Exeter moved up to second in League Two with a superb win over fellow high-flyers Northampton at St James Park.

Cobblers broke the deadlock after 34 minutes when a poor clearance led to the ball falling for Charlie Goode on the edge of the penalty box and he lashed a shot into the bottom corner.

However, Exeter were level soon after when they played a quick free-kick to Randell Williams and he cut inside before firing in a low shot from 20 yards.

Jack Sparkes struck the base of a post with an excellent free-kick for Exeter and they went in front just after the hour when Williams crossed and Aaron Martin headed in at the back post.

It was 3-1 three minutes later when Alex Fisher headed in a superb cross from Sparkes, but Northampton were back in the game when Sam Hoskins scored an excellent individual goal in the 79th minute, beating two men before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

That set up an exciting finale with Northampton threatening on occasions, but Exeter held firm for an important three points.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 23Maxted
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Martin
  • 21Moxey
  • 11Williams
  • 4Atangana
  • 27CollinsSubstituted forTaylorat 87'minutes
  • 22SparkesSubstituted forParkesat 80'minutes
  • 8Law
  • 12BowmanBooked at 30mins
  • 18FisherBooked at 39minsSubstituted forSeymourat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Martin
  • 15Parkes
  • 17Jay
  • 20Richardson
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Seymour
  • 40Visser

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 5Goode
  • 6Turnbull
  • 16WhartonBooked at 42mins
  • 10Adams
  • 4McCormackSubstituted forKajaat 73'minutes
  • 14Lines
  • 7Hoskins
  • 44AndersonSubstituted forWatsonat 58'minutes
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forSmithat 58'minutes
  • 19Oliver

Substitutes

  • 3Martin
  • 8Watson
  • 9Smith
  • 17McWilliams
  • 21Kaja
  • 23Harriman
  • 25Arnold
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
3,971

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 3, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 3, Northampton Town 2.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Scott Wharton (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ryan Watson.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Charlie Goode.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Sam Hoskins.

Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jake Taylor replaces Archie Collins.

Attempt missed. Scott Wharton (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Chris Lines.

Ben Seymour (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Wharton (Northampton Town).

Ben Seymour (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Wharton (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Ben Seymour replaces Alex Fisher.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Parkes replaces Jack Sparkes.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 3, Northampton Town 2. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Adams.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Egli Kaja with a cross.

Offside, Exeter City. Pierce Sweeney tries a through ball, but Ryan Bowman is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Egli Kaja replaces Alan McCormack because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Archie Collins.

Foul by Nigel Atangana (Exeter City).

Chris Lines (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 3, Northampton Town 1. Alex Fisher (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Sparkes.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Northampton Town 1. Aaron Martin (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Randell Williams following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Scott Wharton.

Randell Williams (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ryan Watson replaces Paul Anderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Harry Smith replaces Andy Williams.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Attempt blocked. Archie Collins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Offside, Northampton Town. Paul Anderson tries a through ball, but Andy Williams is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

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3Forest Green2010552415935
4Cheltenham1997331151634
5Crewe19104532221034
6Bradford1910452718934
7Northampton209473022831
8Colchester198652417730
9Plymouth198562722529
10Port Vale207762526-128
11Cambridge207672419527
12Newport187651715227
13Salford206772329-625
14Scunthorpe206682726124
15Macclesfield195861821-323
16Crawley205782531-622
17Walsall2064101526-1122
18Mansfield205692629-321
19Leyton Orient205692735-821
20Grimsby185582025-520
21Oldham194872027-720
22Carlisle2055102032-1220
23Stevenage192981221-915
24Morecambe2036111736-1915
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