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Match Report - Exeter City vs Crewe Alexandra

Match Report - Exeter City vs Crewe Alexandra

A dominant performance from league leaders Exeter City saw them win their 6th straight league game against Crewe Alexandra, themselves who have now not scored in 3 of their 4 games this month thanks to first-half goals from Jordan Tillson and Jake Taylor and substitute Jayden Stockley in the second period.

Crewe manager David Artell made one change to Tuesday night`s team that lost narrowly to Cambridge as the injured full-back Perry Ng was replaced by midfielder Callum Ainley with Brad Walker dropping back to cover at right-back. Conor Grant, who was knocked out in the club`s previous defeat at Grimsby 2 weeks ago, didn`t travel down with the squad.

The opening chance of the game came in the 7th minute with Exeter City`s winger Lee Holmes drifting in a corner which wasn`t cleared and was fired home by midfielder Tillson before the Grecians almost added to it after 15 minutes but Reuben Reid couldn`t connect to fellow striker Liam McAlinden`s cross. They could have added to the early strike again as both strikers had shots saved by Ben Garratt from tight-angles.

The first Crewe chance came just after the half-hour mark as Walker got in down the right with his shot saved by Christy Pym and turned away by the Grecians` defence. The hosts extended the lead 7 minutes before the break as McAlinden`s shot fell across the area into the path of Taylor who finished from close range. The wide-man almost added his second of the game a minute later but his goal-bound header was cleared by Walker off the goal-line.

Into the second-half, with the two teams largely cancelling each other out for the opening minutes before Holmes shot just missing at one end for City and Zoumana Bakayago`s effort high and well-wide at the other for the Alex before Sam Stubbs came on for his Football League debut coming on for Walker mid-way through the half.

Crewe`s best chance of the game to date came on 72 minutes with Chris Porter playing in captain Chris Dagnall but the skipper couldn`t find a teammate at the back post. The third Exeter goal came in the 76th minute with Stockley heading home Taylor`s cross with the final chance of the game.

Crewe host Carlisle United next Saturday in our next league game at the Alexandra Stadium.

Crewe: Garratt; Walker (Stubbs 65), Raynes, Nolan, Bakayago; Ainley (Dale 72), Wintle, Lowery; Dagnall (c, Bowery 73), Porter, Cooper

Exeter: Pym; Sweeney, Brown, Taylor-Moore (c), Woodman (Moxey 79); Taylor, James, Tillson, Holmes; Reid (Stockley 73), McAlinden (Boateng 77)

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Writer:Steve Johnson
Date:Sunday September 17 2017
Time: 10:00AM

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