Match 48
24th April 2010
Charlton Athletic (Home)

27th April 2010
Totesport Combination
Forest Green Rovers (h)

Exeter City 1 Charlton Athletic 1. L1. Saturday 24 April 2010.

Referee: David Phillips

Att: 6835 with 1042 away fans.

BBC match report –

Charlton fought back for a draw at Exeter but the result all but ends their hopes of automatic promotion.

Exeter broke the deadlock just before the hour mark when Ryan Harley's cross from the left was flicked on by Rob Edwards and George Friend headed in.

The Addicks equalised in controversial fashion when Kyel Reid's effort from Nicky Forster's cross was adjudged to have crossed the line.

And Harley hit the post for Exeter in a frantic finale.

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"It was a brilliant game. I'm disappointed we've not got all three points, but I think they deserved their point.

"I think it was a fair result, but when you go a goal up you're disappointed to have conceded a goal

"It was nice to see George [Friend] getting a goal, I'm chuffed we got a goal from him.

"We're still fighting and it's going to go to the last game, we all know that, so let's prepare ourselves for it."

Charlton manager Phil Parkinson told BBC London 94.9:

"It was a tough game and we probably deserved to win it with the chances we created, certainly in the second part of the second half.

"We've come up against a keeper who's pulled off some terrific saves so it wasn't to be.

"We gave it everything we had."

27th April 2010
Totesport Combination
Forest Green Rovers (h)


Stuart Fleetwood scored three goals against his former side as City clinched the Combination League title. Forest Green Rovers' first team's last visit to The Park was a 3-3 draw back in September 2007, earned thanks to two goals from Fleetwood. And the Welshman's trio had this game tied at three-apiece before Scot Bennett's superb header on 85 minutes gave City's second-string the win and the league title. The main talking point in Andy Tillson's starting line-up was the inclusion of Under 16's defender Jordan Moore-TaylorJordan has been a regular for Simon Hayward's Under 18 side this season and he certainly didn't look out of place alongside established first- teamers. At the other end of the pitch Fleetwood started alongside James Norwood and his young strike partner earned the Welshman the first goal of the night on 10 minutes. Norwood was pulled down in the box, just like at Bristol City last week, and up stepped Fleetwood to send his spot kick past trialist lan McLoughlin in the Rovers goal. That was Norwood's last action of the night as he flagged up a knock and came off for Chris Shephard who would go on to play 80 minutes despite lasting the whole 120 the previous night in the Devon Bowl.

Forest Green Rovers' Reserve side is mainly made up of players from the local Hartpury College Football Academy and plenty of their youngsters shone throughout including Ghanaian David Accam who equalised on 22 minutes from another College player Jake Gosling's cross. And just two minutes later the two combined again to put the away side 2-1 up, Gosling picked up Accam's pass before rolling the ball to captain Issac Shaze who was left with a simple finish past Tim Sandercombe in the City goal. The final chance of the half fell to Spurs defender Callum Butcher who met a corner at the near post but it was cleared off the line. The second period was only two minutes old when City equalised thanks to a stylish finish from Fleetwood. Dunne fed the Charlton loanee in a central position and he took a few touches to make space before arrowing a low shot into the corner. Butcher, who is with the Grecians on work experience from White Hart Lane, has scored at both ends in his last two reserve appearances and he almost made that two a-piece before the hour mark. First he sliced a shot high into the night sky which came down and thudded off Sandercombe's crossbar before he popped up at the other end with a shot that was too hot to handle for McLoughlin and Fleetwood profited to score from close range and complete his hat-trick. Another Ghanaian from the Hartpury College Football Academy, Bismark Kwartengentered the fray and soon made it 3-3 heading in a free-kick won by the livewire Accam. Sandercombe fouled him outside the box, Gosling whipped in the cross and Forest Green were level. Youngsters Elliot Frear and Aaron Dawson came on for Neil Saunders and Dunne but it was an old head that created the winner. Russell's free-kick was met by the head of Bennett to send the 253 crowd home happy.

City Reserve Line-Up:
Tim Sandercombe, Callum Butcher, Scot Bennett, Joe Heath, Jordan Moore-Taylor, Alex Russell, Bertie Cozic, James Dunne, (Aaron Dawson) Neil Saunders (Elliott Frear) Stuart Fleetwood, James Norwood, (Chris Shephard).



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