League Two
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Exeter City 2-1 Crawley Town

Exeter extended their unbeaten League Two run to five matches as they came from behind to edge Crawley 2-1 at St James Park with goals from Jake Taylor and Ryan Bowman.

The home side started well with Jack Sparkes firing against the woodwork from long range, but the visitors soon got on top.

Crawley hit the woodwork themselves when Tyler Frost cut in from the left wing and sent a shot over the head of Lewis Ward, while former Exeter striker Tom Nichols was twice denied by Ward.

The Exeter goalkeeper again saved well to deny Max Watters, but their perseverance paid off five minutes before half-time with a long ball over the top finding Watters and he outmuscled Pierce Sweeney all too easily before firing past Ward.

Crawley almost made it 2-0 in the second half when a neat move ended with George Francomb being played in, but Sweeney came to Exeter's rescue with a vital last-ditch block.

Exeter equalised after 78 minutes when a Jake Caprice cross fell kindly for captain Taylor, who slotted the ball home from 15 yards.

With five minutes remaining, the hosts netted the winner when Bowman chased a backpass down and Glenn Morris's clearance cannoned into him and into an empty net.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Ward
  • 2CapriceSubstituted forKeyat 80'minutes
  • 26Sweeney
  • 15Parkes
  • 3Sparkes
  • 11Williams
  • 10Collins
  • 8Taylor
  • 14Randall
  • 7LawSubstituted forBowmanat 64'minutes
  • 18FisherSubstituted forSeymourat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Seymour
  • 12Bowman
  • 17Jay
  • 20Page
  • 22Lee
  • 30Key
  • 41Dean

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 4Francomb
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 24Craig
  • 3Doherty
  • 20Matthews
  • 8Powell
  • 39HessenthalerSubstituted forFergusonat 61'minutes
  • 11FrostBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAllarakhiaat 76'minutes
  • 36WattersSubstituted forHeskethat 56'minutes
  • 16Nichols

Substitutes

  • 5McNerney
  • 12Ferguson
  • 14Allarakhia
  • 15Davies
  • 26Galach
  • 29Hesketh
  • 32McGill
Referee:
Will Finnie

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 2, Crawley Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Crawley Town 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sam Matthews (Crawley Town).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

  6. Post update

    Tony Craig (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Joshua Key (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Ferguson (Crawley Town).

  9. Post update

    Joel Randall (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Ferguson (Crawley Town).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Joshua Key (Exeter City).

  12. Post update

    Tom Nichols (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Matthews (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Nichols.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Seymour (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Randell Williams.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

  16. Post update

    Tom Nichols (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Randell Williams (Exeter City).

  18. Post update

    Josh Doherty (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Exeter City 2, Crawley Town 1. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Francomb (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.