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Exeter City 3-3 Walsall

Exeter fought back from three goals down after just 31 minutes to draw with Walsall in a thrilling clash at St James Park.

Walsall went ahead after 14 minutes when Dan Scarr smashed the ball across the six-yard box and defender Pierce Sweeney inadvertently turned it into his own net.

It was 2-0 after 18 minutes as Aaron Martin's slip allowed Caolan Lavery to run through on goal and he finished emphatically past Jonny Maxted.

Walsall made it 3-0 on the half-hour mark when a deep cross was headed in at the back post by Josh Gordon, but the high-flying Grecians hit back immediately when substitute Tom Parkes' header came back off the post and Ryan Bowman smashed in the rebound.

Bowman then scored again to make it 3-2 just before half-time, firing in off the post from Randell Williams' superb pass.

It was all Exeter at the start of the second half and they made it 3-3 after 65 minutes when Lee Martin's shot bobbled into the corner after a neat passing move.

Bowman was denied his hat-trick by a fine save, low down to his left by Liam Roberts, while Williams headed wide from a Jack Sparkes cross at the end for Exeter.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 23Maxted
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5MartinBooked at 80mins
  • 21MoxeySubstituted forParkesat 28'minutes
  • 11Williams
  • 4Atangana
  • 27CollinsSubstituted forTaylorat 83'minutes
  • 22Sparkes
  • 8Law
  • 7MartinSubstituted forSeymourat 83'minutes
  • 12Bowman

Substitutes

  • 14Ajose
  • 15Parkes
  • 17Jay
  • 20Richardson
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Seymour
  • 38Arthur

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 24Facey
  • 6Scarr
  • 5J Clarke
  • 3Pring
  • 10GordonBooked at 68minsSubstituted forGaffneyat 80'minutes
  • 8Kinsella
  • 16GuthrieBooked at 67minsSubstituted forBatesat 72'minutes
  • 7Sinclair
  • 25McDonaldSubstituted forSadlerat 45'minutes
  • 9Lavery

Substitutes

  • 4Sadler
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 14Roberts
  • 15Holden
  • 20Bates
  • 30Gaffney
Referee:
David Rock
Attendance:
4,323

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 3, Walsall 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 3, Walsall 3.

Attempt missed. Randell Williams (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Parkes with a cross following a set piece situation.

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rory Gaffney (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stuart Sinclair.

Foul by Randell Williams (Exeter City).

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alfie Bates (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Rory Gaffney (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Kinsella.

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

Attempt missed. Liam Kinsella (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rory Gaffney.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Cameron Pring.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Ben Seymour replaces Lee Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jake Taylor replaces Archie Collins.

Booking

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

Foul by Aaron Martin (Exeter City).

Caolan Lavery (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Rory Gaffney replaces Josh Gordon.

Offside, Exeter City. Jon Maxted tries a through ball, but Lee Martin is caught offside.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Mat Sadler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jon Maxted.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shay Facey.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Alfie Bates replaces Danny Guthrie.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Exeter City).

Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Liam Kinsella.

Booking

Josh Gordon (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Law (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Danny Guthrie (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Walsall).

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 3, Walsall 3. Lee Martin (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicky Law.

Attempt missed. Archie Collins (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Bowman.

Offside, Walsall. Cameron Pring tries a through ball, but Josh Gordon is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon22134539241543
2Exeter2211743125640
3Crewe21115538241438
4Cheltenham2199333171636
5Bradford2110652819936
6Forest Green2210662618836
7Northampton2210573223935
8Colchester2197529191034
9Plymouth209563022832
10Port Vale227962627-130
11Cambridge227782723428
12Scunthorpe227783028228
13Newport207761918128
14Salford226882431-726
15Leyton Orient226793037-725
16Walsall2266101930-1124
17Mansfield225892831-323
18Crawley225892633-723
19Oldham215882230-823
20Grimsby205692026-621
21Carlisle2256112035-1521
22Macclesfield205961922-318
23Morecambe2246121940-2118
24Stevenage2121091427-1316
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