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Sky Bet League 2

St James Park, Exeter (ATT 4,851) 28th February 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Attwell

Exeter Exeter City vs Darlington Darlington

Exeter 2

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Darlington 0

Grecians push for promotion

Loss caps off miserable week for cash-strapped Quakers

By Hayley Paterson.   Last Updated: 28/02/09 7:30pm

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Gill: Scored opener

Gill: Scored opener

Two second-half goals to defeat Darlington were enough to give Exeter City another three points and keep them firmly in the play-off places.

Matt Gill put the Grecians ahead from the penalty spot after Neil Austin was adjudged to have handled inside the box.

Substitute Craig McAllister then made sure with a powerful header in the closing stages.

Steve Basham came close to giving the Grecians an early lead when he met Dean Moxey's deep cross but dragged his shot narrowly wide at the far post.

Darlington, who went into administration and were docked ten points this week, had a couple of early chances and Paul Jones spread himself well to deny Pawel Abbott.

Winner

Franz Burgmeier tried his luck from the edge of the box for Darlington but it was another comfortable save for Jones.

After the break Carl Tremarco thumped a free-kick over the bar from 25 yards for the visitors as both sides chased a winner.

Substitute Richard Logan almost made an instant impression when he had a header saved on the line by Darlington goalkeeper Andy Oakes.

Exeter finally broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute. Austin was harshly adjudged to have handled as he blocked Matt Taylor's close-range shot. Gill stepped up to take the penalty and slotted the ball past Oakes.

McAllister should have made it two shortly afterwards but failed to steer the ball past Oakes from close range.

Superbly saved

Basham then headed a cross from Neil Saunders past the post with only the goalkeeper to beat.

In the closing stages Logan met Moxey's cross and his bullet header was superbly saved by Oakes.

Moxey then picked out McAllister and the striker's header flew past Oakes for a well-deserved second.

Alan White was sent off in the closing minutes after picking up a second yellow card to cap a miserable week for Darlington.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
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1 Wycombe Wanderers 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13

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