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Chestersfield 1 Exeter City 1: Match report

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

By Simon Larkins

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Matt Grimes - Picture: Pinnacle

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Matt Grimes scored his first senior goal for Exeter City as the Grecians picked-up a vital point away at Chesterfield.

The 1-1 draw kept City two points and three places above the relegation zone with three games of the season to go.

The Grecians were good value for the point, taking the lead through Grimes' deflected free-kick in the first half.

City created numerous chances to get a second, but promotion-chasing Chesterfield, who had Sam Morsy sent-off for a bad tackle on Grimes, hit back with a second-half penalty to take a share of the spoils.

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Manager Paul Tisdale made two changes to the Exeter side that started the 1-1 draw with Cheltenham last Saturday.

Striker John O’Flynn made his first start for over a month, while club captain Danny Coles returned from suspension.

Young keeper Christy Pym kept his place in goal and had Matt Oakley to thank early on as he nodded Liam Cooper header, from a corner, off the goalline.

Pym then made a good save from Eoin Doyle as he met Gary Roberts' cross from the left flank with the outside of his boot.

City took the lead on 18 minutes as Eliot Richards won a free-kick 25-yards from goal. Grimes struck the ball left-footed and it took a hefty deflection on its way into the net to leave keeper Tommy Lee stranded.

Chesterfield were rattled by the goal, but did recover before half-time to test Pym once more - this time Marc Richards forcing the young keeper into save.

Chesterfield made a double substitution at the break, with Armand Gnanduillet and Ritchie Humphreys coming on.

However, it was City who had the first meaningful chance of the second half as a defensive mix-up saw O'Flynn put through on goal. However, his shot was well blocked by the legs of Lee.

Liam Sercombe, with a free-kick, and substitute Tom Nichols both went close to extending City's advantage as the visitors created the better openings after the break.

The game looked to be swinging massively in the Grecians' favour moments later when Morsy was shown a straight red card for a lunging tackle on Grimes and Nichols headed against the post.

However, City’s missed came back to haunt them as Doyle was sent tumbling in the box following a tackle from Danny Butterfield. Doyle stepped up himself to take the penalty and sent Pym the wrong way.

Tisdale went for the win moving Scott Bennett up as a make-shift striker. However, his left-footed half-volley was well saved by Lee.

Roberts also volleyed into the side netting at the other end, but neither side could find a winner.

Exeter City: Pym; Butterfield, Coles, Moore-Taylor, Woodman; Sercombe, Oakley, Bennett, Grimes, Richards; O’Flynn (Nichols, 67). Subs not used: Krysiak, Baldwin, Davies, Keohane, Wheeler, Gill.

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