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Exeter City 2-1 Stevenage

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Exeter City moved into the League Two automatic promotion places with a hard-fought win against Stevenage.Second-half goals from Lloyd James and Pierce Sweeney earned Exeter the win, with Matt Godden volleying in a late consolation for the visitors.Exeter went close when Hiram Boateng’s free-kick was headed goalwards by Jayden Stockley but Joe Fryer saved well and the goalkeeper picked himself up quickly to then deny Jordan Moore-Taylor on the rebound.

Ryan Harley then fired straight at Fryer from distance before the goalkeeper pulled off a fine stop to deny Sweeney.Stevenage’s first effort came when Luke Wilkinson looped a header harmlessly over the crossbar.The breakthrough finally came eight minutes into the second half when Liam McAlinden slipped in James and he rolled the ball past Fryer from 10 yards.Sweeney made it 2-0 when Fryer could only parry McAlinden’s shot into his path, leaving the defender with a simple tap-in.Stevenage pulled a goal back with 10 minutes remaining when Godden volleyed in from 10 yards. Exeter should have wrapped things up in stoppage time, but substitute Matt Jay inexplicably headed against the bar with the goal at his mercy.Match report supplied by the Press Association.Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsExeter1Pym2Sweeney5Archibald-HenvilleBooked at 87mins15Moore-Taylor3Woodman25TaylorSubstituted forJayat 90’minutes4James44Boateng7HarleySubstituted forEdwardsat 90’minutes19McAlindenBooked at 74minsSubstituted forHolmesat 78’minutes11StockleyBooked at 86minsSubstitutes10Holmes13Hamon18Seaborne20Jay22Wilson28Edwards33ReidStevenage1Fryer25Henry6Wilkinson4King3MartinBooked at 71mins7WhelpdaleSubstituted forKennedyat 67’minutes30McKee2SmithSubstituted forBeautymanat 67’minutes11Pett24Godden15SamuelSubstituted forNewtonat 56’minutesSubstitutes8Beautyman10Kennedy16Day17Gorman18Conlon19Newton20VancootenReferee:Trevor KettleAttendance:3,448Match StatsHome TeamExeterAway TeamStevenagePossessionHome50%Away50%ShotsHome15Away8Shots on TargetHome8Away2CornersHome3Away5FoulsHome9Away10Live TextPosted at Match ends, Exeter City 2, Stevenage 1.Full TimePosted at 90’+5′ Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Stevenage 1.Posted at 90’+3′ Lloyd James (Exeter City) hits the bar with a header from very close range.Posted at 90’+1′ Foul by Matt Jay (Exeter City).Posted at 90’+1′ Joe Martin (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.SubstitutionPosted at 90′ Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Jay replaces Jake Taylor.SubstitutionPosted at 90′ Substitution, Exeter City. Kyle Edwards replaces Ryan Harley.Posted at 89′ Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Christy Pym.Posted at 88′ Attempt saved. Joe Martin (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.Posted at 88′ Attempt blocked. Danny Newton (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.Posted at 88′ Attempt blocked. Danny Newton (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.Posted at 87′ Attempt blocked. Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.BookingPosted at 87′ Troy Archibald-Henville (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 86′ Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 86′ Foul by Troy Archibald-Henville (Exeter City).BookingPosted at 86′ Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 84′ Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ryan Harley.Posted at 82′ Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 82′ Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage).Goal!Posted at 80′ Goal! Exeter City 2, Stevenage 1. Matt Godden (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.SubstitutionPosted at 78′ Substitution, Exeter City. Lee Holmes replaces Liam McAlinden.Posted at 78′ Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 78′ Foul by Danny Newton (Stevenage).Posted at 75′ Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).Posted at 75′ Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.BookingPosted at 74′ Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 74′ Foul by Liam McAlinden (Exeter City).Posted at 74′ Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Goal!Posted at 71′ Goal! Exeter City 2, Stevenage 0. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.Posted at 71′ Attempt saved. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.BookingPosted at 71′ Joe Martin (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 71′ Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 71′ Foul by Joe Martin (Stevenage).SubstitutionPosted at 67′ Substitution, Stevenage. Harry Beautyman replaces Jonathan Smith.SubstitutionPosted at 67′ Substitution, Stevenage. Ben Kennedy replaces Chris Whelpdale.Posted at 65′ Foul by Hiram Boateng (Exeter City).Posted at 65′ Jonathan Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 58′ Attempt missed. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.Posted at 57′ Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ronnie Henry.SubstitutionPosted at 56′ Substitution, Stevenage. Danny Newton replaces Alex Samuel.Show more updatesgoal
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