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Port Vale 3-1 Exeter City

Ritchie Bennett scored twice as Port Vale came from behind to beat Exeter.

Nicky Ajose gave the Grecians the advantage but Bennett's penalty fired the Valiants level after the break, before Leon Legge put Vale ahead and Bennett headed home his second.

Exeter took a deserved lead on 22 minutes when Brennan Dickenson's cross evaded all except Ajose, who nodded past Scott Brown.

Bennett and Legge both headed over for the Valiants from set-pieces, but the hosts won a penalty when Dickenson clumsily challenged David Amoo and Bennett levelled from the spot.

Vale could have gone ahead when David Worrall slipped in Scott Burgess who blazed over from close range.

But the hosts went in front when Legge met Worrall's cross and bundled home after the hour.

Grecians stopper Jonny Maxted parried Amoo's effort to safety, but Bennett had his second and Vale's third when nodding home Burgess' cross.

Substitute Randell Williams struck the outside of a post late on for Exeter who nearly grabbed one back.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 2Gibbons
  • 5Legge
  • 28Brisley
  • 11MontañoBooked at 30mins
  • 20Burgess
  • 4Joyce
  • 10Conlon
  • 19Amoo
  • 21BennettSubstituted forPopeat 84'minutes
  • 7Worrall

Substitutes

  • 9Pope
  • 12Atkinson
  • 17Browne
  • 18Evans
  • 22Lloyd
  • 23Campbell-Gordon
  • 30Maddison

Exeter

  • 23Maxted
  • 24DickensonBooked at 49minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 54'minutes
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Martin
  • 15Parkes
  • 20Richardson
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forLawat 71'minutes
  • 4Atangana
  • 27Collins
  • 12Bowman
  • 14AjoseSubstituted forFisherat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ward
  • 7Martin
  • 8Law
  • 11Williams
  • 17Jay
  • 18Fisher
  • 21Moxey
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
3,347

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away16
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 3, Exeter City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 3, Exeter City 1.

Foul by Aaron Martin (Exeter City).

David Amoo (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Gibbons (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Archie Collins (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nigel Atangana.

Attempt blocked. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicky Law.

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

Attempt saved. Nicky Law (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pierce Sweeney with a cross.

Attempt saved. Shaun Brisley (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Worrall with a cross.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jon Maxted.

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Randell Williams (Exeter City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Nicky Law following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Luke Joyce.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Alex Fisher replaces Nicky Ajose.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Tom Pope replaces Richie Bennett.

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

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Nicky Law replaces Jake Taylor.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 3, Exeter City 1. Richie Bennett (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Burgess with a cross.

Foul by Leon Legge (Port Vale).

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jon Maxted.

Attempt saved. David Amoo (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Worrall with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 2, Exeter City 1. Leon Legge (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Worrall with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Attempt missed. David Amoo (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Conlon.

Offside, Exeter City. Jayden Richardson tries a through ball, but Ryan Bowman is caught offside.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Exeter City).

Scott Burgess (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott Burgess (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Worrall.

Hand ball by Nicky Ajose (Exeter City).

Offside, Exeter City. Archie Collins tries a through ball, but Ryan Bowman is caught offside.

Attempt saved. David Worrall (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richie Bennett with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Randell Williams replaces Brennan Dickenson.

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

Attempt missed. Richie Bennett (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Amoo with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Exeter City 1. Richie Bennett (Port Vale) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Brennan Dickenson (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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1Swindon30175853341956
2Exeter2915953930954
3Crewe29157753351852
4Plymouth28156747301751
5Colchester301213541261549
6Northampton29147844311349
7Bradford30121173628847
8Cheltenham281112542231945
9Forest Green30128103531444
10Port Vale30111183837144
11Newport2710982724339
12Salford30109114040039
13Crawley30812104143-236
14Walsall30106142941-1236
15Grimsby2889113034-433
16Scunthorpe3089133945-633
17Oldham30712113144-1333
18Cambridge3088143142-1132
19Carlisle2988133046-1632
20Leyton Orient30710133648-1231
21Mansfield3079144148-730
22Macclesfield2971392832-428
23Morecambe3068162751-2426
24Stevenage30313142136-1522
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