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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 14 28
2 Burton Albion 14 28
3 Luton Town 14 27
4 Bury 14 26
5 Shrewsbury Town 14 24
6 Plymouth Argyle 14 23
7 Morecambe 14 23
8 Newport County AFC 14 22
9 Cheltenham Town 14 22
10 Southend United 14 21
11 Portsmouth 14 20
12 AFC Wimbledon 14 19
13 Exeter City 14 19
14 Accrington Stanley 14 19
15 Cambridge United 14 18
16 Northampton Town 14 18
17 Mansfield Town 14 18
18 Stevenage 14 17
19 Oxford United 14 16
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 14 14
21 Carlisle United 14 12
22 York City 14 11
23 Hartlepool United 14 11
24 Tranmere Rovers 14 10

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