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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


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.


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 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27