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Exeter City 2-1 Stevenage

Exeter took advantage of the teams around them dropping points at the top of League Two with a 2-1 win over bottom club Stevenage at St James Park.

Substitute Matt Jay was the hero, scoring the winner with nine minutes remaining in a match where the result was far more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.

It took until the 37th minute for the deadlock to be broken as Randell Williams planted a bullet header past Paul Farman from Pierce Sweeney's excellent cross.

Nicky Ajose came close to making it 2-0 when he latched onto Williams' ball over the top, but his attempted lob went just the wrong side of the upright.

Stevenage responded with a shot from Canice Carroll that flew wide of goal - their first effort of note coming on the hour-mark - while Ryan Bowman struck the post for Exeter after a superb move.

The Grecians got stronger as the game went on, but could not finish the opportunities they were creating and were made to pay with 10 minutes remaining when Sweeney was robbed of the ball and it was played to Daniel Kemp to lash home.

Exeter hit straight back, though, as Nicky Ajose poked the ball back to Jay and he picked his spot to make it 2-1 from close range for the winner in the 81st-minute.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Ward
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Martin
  • 15Parkes
  • 11Williams
  • 4Atangana
  • 27Collins
  • 24DickensonSubstituted forRichardsonat 72'minutes
  • 8LawSubstituted forJayat 28'minutes
  • 12Bowman
  • 14AjoseSubstituted forFisherat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Martin
  • 10Holmes
  • 17Jay
  • 18Fisher
  • 20Richardson
  • 21Moxey
  • 38Arthur

Stevenage

  • 1Farman
  • 12Carroll
  • 4DigbyBooked at 42mins
  • 31Nugent
  • 3ReadingBooked at 90mins
  • 18ParrettBooked at 69mins
  • 26DaboBooked at 83mins
  • 6SoaresSubstituted forCarterat 79'minutes
  • 42Kemp
  • 20Cassidy
  • 41JacksonSubstituted forFolamiat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Cuthbert
  • 7Carter
  • 13Bastien
  • 16Iontton
  • 28Folami
  • 32Lakin
  • 33Denton
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
4,458

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Stevenage 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Stevenage 1.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Ben Nugent (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alex Fisher (Exeter City).

Canice Carroll (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Alex Fisher replaces Nicky Ajose.

Booking

Patrick Reading (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jayden Richardson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrick Reading (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Nicky Ajose (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Jay with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Charlie Carter (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Folami.

Foul by Nigel Atangana (Exeter City).

Jake Cassidy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Ben Folami (Stevenage).

Booking

Diaguely Dabo (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Matt Jay (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Diaguely Dabo (Stevenage).

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Stevenage 1. Matt Jay (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicky Ajose.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Ajose (Exeter City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Stevenage 1. Daniel Kemp (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Canice Carroll.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Carter replaces Tom Soares.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ben Folami replaces Simeon Jackson.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Canice Carroll.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Canice Carroll.

Attempt missed. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Jay following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jayden Richardson replaces Brennan Dickenson.

Booking

Dean Parrett (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nigel Atangana (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Archie Collins.

Attempt missed. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Daniel Kemp (Stevenage).

Attempt blocked. Nicky Ajose (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Jay.

Attempt missed. Daniel Kemp (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Simeon Jackson.

Attempt missed. Nicky Ajose (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Randell Williams.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon32186856362060
2Crewe31177757372058
3Exeter3116964233957
4Plymouth30166848331554
5Colchester321313645281752
6Northampton31157945321352
7Cheltenham301212644251948
8Bradford32121283732548
9Port Vale32121284038248
10Forest Green32129113835345
11Salford321011114141041
12Crawley32913104444040
13Newport29109102726139
14Walsall32116153244-1239
15Cambridge32108143443-938
16Scunthorpe3299144148-736
17Oldham32812123546-1136
18Grimsby30811113337-435
19Leyton Orient32811134049-935
20Carlisle31810133349-1634
21Mansfield32711144451-732
22Macclesfield31714102934-529
23Morecambe3269172954-2527
24Stevenage32313162241-1922
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