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League Two: Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Exeter City

Pierce Sweeney headed a stoppage-time winner to earn play-off hopefuls Exeter a 2-1 victory and leave Bolton with work still to do to clinch automatic promotion in the final League Two game of the season.

The City defender climbed highest to glance home Jack Sparkes' free-kick to keep alive the Devon side's hopes of making the top seven.

Third-placed Wanderers needed a victory to book a quick return to League One and when Gethin Jones scored his third goal of the season after 15 minutes, the Trotters looked to be on their way.

Hundreds of Bolton fans outside the ground, ignoring club advice to stay away from the University of Bolton Stadium, thought so too, letting off fireworks in celebration.

But Exeter proved determined opposition with captain Jake Taylor and defender Sweeney peppering the home goal before half-time.

And when Randell Williams fired in a 49th-minute leveller for a fourth goal of the season, the promotion picture swung again.

Bolton's leading scorer Eoin Doyle headed over while Grecians striker Matt Jay chipped a great chance into the side-netting after 67 minutes.

Bolton brought on four substitutes and Exeter five replacements before Sweeney's goal five minutes into stoppage time settled a see-saw contest.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Gilks
  • 2Jones
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 27BaptisteBooked at 32mins
  • 28John
  • 4WilliamsBooked at 37mins
  • 29LeeSubstituted forDelfounesoat 73'minutes
  • 23IsgroveSubstituted forGnahouaat 62'minutes
  • 10SarcevicSubstituted forThomasonat 62'minutes
  • 30AfolayanSubstituted forMillerat 85'minutes
  • 9Doyle

Substitutes

  • 7Delfouneso
  • 18Tutte
  • 20Miller
  • 24Gnahoua
  • 25Thomason
  • 32Jackson
  • 38Jensen

Exeter

Formation 4-4-2

  • 24Andrésson
  • 30KeyBooked at 27minsSubstituted forFisherat 86'minutes
  • 26Sweeney
  • 34HartridgeBooked at 29mins
  • 20PageSubstituted forSparkesat 64'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forCapriceat 86'minutes
  • 8TaylorBooked at 78minsSubstituted forSeymourat 79'minutes
  • 10Collins
  • 16WillmottBooked at 42minsSubstituted forAtanganaat 63'minutes
  • 12Bowman
  • 17Jay

Substitutes

  • 2Caprice
  • 3Sparkes
  • 4Atangana
  • 6McArdle
  • 9Seymour
  • 18Fisher
  • 23Maxted
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home18
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Exeter City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Exeter City 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Declan John tries a through ball, but Eoin Doyle is caught offside.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Exeter City 2. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Sparkes with a cross following a set piece situation.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Bolton Wanderers).

  6. Post update

    Jake Caprice (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Exeter City. Jack Sparkes tries a through ball, but Alex Fisher is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Nathan Delfouneso (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Nigel Atangana (Exeter City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Arthur Gnahoua (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Gethin Jones (Bolton Wanderers).

  12. Post update

    Archie Collins (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ricardo Santos (Bolton Wanderers).

  14. Post update

    Alex Fisher (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Seymour (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jack Sparkes with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Shaun Miller (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Archie Collins (Exeter City).

  18. Post update

    Arthur Gnahoua (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jack Sparkes (Exeter City).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Jake Caprice replaces Randell Williams.

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2Cambridge452381470492177
3Bolton452210135549676
4Morecambe45229146758975
5Newport4520121356411572
6Tranmere452012135550572
7Forest Green451913135651570
8Exeter4518151270492169
9Salford4518141351341768
10Carlisle451811166051965
11Leyton Orient451710185352161
12Crawley451613165558-361
13Port Vale45179195754360
14Bradford451611184851-359
15Stevenage451318144041-157
16Harrogate45169205157-657
17Mansfield451219145455-155
18Oldham45159217278-654
19Walsall451119154553-852
20Colchester451117174461-1750
21Barrow451310225258-649
22Scunthorpe45139234163-2248
23Southend451014212857-2944
24Grimsby451013223766-2943
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