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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Jayden Stockley (39')
  • Alex Whitmore (74' OG)
  • Andy Kellett (84')

Exeter keep promotion hopes on track with win

Exeter kept the pressure on Wycombe in the race for automatic promotion from League Two with a nervy 2-1 win over Chesterfield at St James' Park.
City created the best of the early chances with Jayden Stockley seeing his shot saved by Aaron Ramsdale, although Kristian Dennis screwed a decent chance wide for Chesterfield.
The Grecians continued to press and they got the goal their play deserved on 39 minutes when Jake Taylor stood a cross up to the back post where Stockley powered in a header from six yards for his 22nd goal of the season.
Dennis fired tamely at Christy Pym early in the second half before the Spireites came close to an equaliser when Exeter's Lloyd James headed against his own post and George Smith was denied by a superb reflex stop by Pym on the rebound.
Pierce Sweeney forced a smart stop from Ramsey with a fierce free-kick in the 74th minute for Exeter and from the resulting corner, Alex Whitmore turned into his own goal from Hiram Boateng's cross to double the Grecians' lead.
Chesterfield's Andy Kellett pulled one back in the 84th minute after good work by Joe Rowley but Exeter held firm to pick up an important three points.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Newport County 13 +10 29
2 Cheltenham Town 14 +10 26
3 Cambridge United 13 +16 25
4 Forest Green Rovers 14 +6 25
5 Exeter City 14 +9 24
6 Leyton Orient 15 +7 24
7 Carlisle United 14 +4 23
8 Salford City 13 +10 22
9 Bolton Wanderers 15 -1 22
10 Tranmere Rovers 14 +2 21
11 Colchester United 13 0 20
12 Harrogate Town 14 +1 19
13 Port Vale 15 0 19
14 Morecambe 14 -8 19
15 Crawley Town 14 +1 18
16 Walsall 14 -3 17
17 Oldham Athletic 14 -6 17
18 Grimsby Town 12 -7 15
19 Barrow 14 -2 13
20 Bradford City 13 -4 13
21 Stevenage 14 -5 11
22 Mansfield Town 14 -6 11
23 Scunthorpe United 12 -11 11
24 Southend United 14 -23 5