Match 48
Dagenham & Redbridge (h)

Exeter Reserves v Swindon Town Res.

Exeter City 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1.
Saturday 2 April 2011.

Ref: Anthony Bates

Att: 4598 with 133 away fans.

BBC match report –

Richard Logan came off the bench to help Exeter come from behind to beat Dagenham & Redbridge.

Jon Nurse should have given the Daggers the lead but his header was comfortably saved by Ben Hamer.

The visitors did go in front when Romain Vincelot tapped in Danny Green's corner from close range.

But the lead lasted just five minutes as Matt Taylor nodded an equaliser from David Noble's free-kick and Logan headed home Daniel Nardiello's cross.

The Daggers sit one place above the relegation zone, albeit with a game in hand over three of the four sides below them.

The win sees Exeter move up to 10th place, eight points off the play-off places.

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:
"It was a fantastic game of football that I'm very happy we won.

"We knew it would be a tough game, but we just had enough about us in the last 15 minutes to win it.

"We take every game on its merits, assume the other side are going to be at their maximum and try to achieve the maximum ourselves and we weren't far from it today."

Exeter City Reserves 3 Swindon Town 2
5th April 2011

A double from Ben Watson, within the first two minutes, and a late winner from Tom Nichols helped a young City Reserve team to a 3-2 victory over Swindon Town at The Park on Tuesday. Watson took just seconds to open the scoring - finding the top corner with a right footed effort after a flick from strike partner Nichols sent him through on goal.

And the striker doubled City's lead after just two minutes when Jake Thomson won the ball on the right hand flank and pulled the ball back for Watson who stepped inside his man and finished from close range.

The goals didn't stop then as after eight minutes Jordan Pavettwho came out on top in Samsung's 'Win A Pro Contract' competition earlier this yearpulled one backThe 19-year-old peeled off the centre backs and with a clear sight of goal was able to coolly finish past the outrushing Wood.

It could have been an incredible four goals shortly after but Kallum Keane's fine header from a free kick was ruled out by the linesman's flag. After that early excitement the game quietened down but there was an obvious competitive edge - Bertie, Aaron Dawson and James Richards all picking up bookings before the interval.

Watson teed up Jake Gosling for a great City chance while Thomson's right footed free kick bounced wide in first half added time.

Pavett could have drawn the game level shortly after the break but Wood was up to it with a smart stop and at the other end Watson was denied by a fine Jakub Jesionkowski save after good work on the right involving Thomson and right back Roger Ingham.

As the young Robins tired City's attackers, especially down the right hand side, came more and more into the game. Shortly after the hour mark Thomson did very well to beat Abdul Said and Chris Sim but his final ball was gobbled up by the goalkeeper at Tom Nichols' feet.

Then the chances began to flow again, first Scot Bennett, who tasted first team football against the Robins first XI recently, headed wide after Cozic had knocked Thomson's corner back into the box.

Nichols had the home side's next chance after a great run from Thomson ended with the former Southampton man's cross being poked wide by City's number 11

Cozic thumped an effort over before Swindon levelled with ten minutes to go after a corner was cleared properly and substitute Harry Grant swivelled before firing a low effort into the corner.

But that just seemed to rally the Grecians who regained their lead five minutes later when Noah Keats found Thomson in space infront of the Flybe and he put in a great low cross that Nichols had time to control before firing home.

The only downside for the 176 present was the sight of Bennett limping off, seemingly holding his hamstring, with minutes left.

City's lined-up:
James Wood, Josh Searle, Kallum Keane, Scot Bennett, (Jordan Moore Taylor) Elliott FrearJake ThomsonAaron DawsonBertie Cozic, (Noah Keats) Jake Gosling, (Western) Ben Watson, Tom Nichols

Swindon Lined Up: Jakub Jesionkowski,
James Richards, Chris Sim, Will Evans, Tom Ryan(Aaron Oakley) Abdul Said, Matt Clark, Eddie Stevens(Harry Grant) Seb Broomfield, (Miles Storey) Jordan Pavett, AlanO'Brien.



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