Match ends, Exeter City 1, Bolton Wanderers 1.
Exeter and Bolton shared the spoils in an entertaining game at St James Park.
After an even start, Exeter created the first chance when Josh Key broke free on the right and crossed low for Matt Jay but he missed the target from 10 yards.
It took until the 32nd minute for Bolton to create anything of note and they were only denied the opening goal by a superb save from Jonny Maxted, who managed to divert Eoin Doyle's shot wide of goal with his foot.
Exeter then came close to breaking the deadlock when Jay picked out Ryan Bowman and he rounded goalkeeper Matt Gilks before firing against the upright from a narrow angle.
Joel Randall shot straight at the goalkeeper early in the second half after latching on to Bowman's clever flick, but Exeter finally got the breakthrough in the 62nd minute when Ricardo Almeida Santos turned into his own net from close range after brilliant play by Jay.
Bolton equalised 11 minutes later when Doyle beat the offside trap and crossed low for Arthur Gnahoua to smash home from close range, just seconds after he came on as a substitute.
Gnahoua and Ali Crawford both had chances to win it for Bolton, while Nigel Atangana struck the bar with a scissor kick in stoppage time for Exeter.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 2CapriceSubstituted forHartridgeat 81'minutes
- 20PageSubstituted forSparkesat 63'minutes
- 8TaylorSubstituted forAtanganaat 56'minutesBooked at 67mins
- 14RandallSubstituted forSeymourat 81'minutes
- 17JaySubstituted forLawat 81'minutes
- 5Almeida Santos
- 21BrockbankBooked at 60mins
- 10SarcevicBooked at 53mins
- 29LeeSubstituted forCrawfordat 71'minutes
- 7DelfounesoSubstituted forGnahouaat 71'minutes
- Sam Allison
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Bolton Wanderers 1.
Nigel Atangana (Exeter City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box following a corner.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Andrew Tutte.
Attempt saved. Jack Sparkes (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicky Law.
Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).
Ricardo Santos (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Lloyd Isgrove (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Eoin Doyle.
Attempt missed. Arthur Gnahoua (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Brockbank.
Attempt missed. Arthur Gnahoua (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alister Crawford.
Ben Seymour (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andrew Tutte (Bolton Wanderers).
Foul by Joshua Key (Exeter City).
Antoni Sarcevic (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Exeter City. Ben Seymour replaces Joel Randall.
Substitution, Exeter City. Nicky Law replaces Matt Jay.
Substitution, Exeter City. Alex Hartridge replaces Jake Caprice.
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Lloyd Isgrove tries a through ball, but Gethin Jones is caught offside.
Goal! Exeter City 1, Bolton Wanderers 1. Arthur Gnahoua (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Antoni Sarcevic.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Joshua Key.