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Sky Bet League 1

St James Park, Exeter (ATT 8,383) 8th May 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

Exeter Exeter City vs Huddersfield Town Huddsf'ld

Exeter 2

M Taylor (22)
R Harley (82)

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Huddsf'ld 1

G Roberts (2)

Harley keeps Grecians up

Exeter come from behind to beat Terriers

Last Updated: 08/05/10 10:29pm

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Harley: Exeter's hero

Harley: Exeter's hero

Ryan Harley ensured League One survival for Exeter with a brilliant 82nd-minute winner to clinch a 2-1 victory in an enthralling clash with promotion-seeking Huddersfield.

The flame-haired midfielder lashed a stunning volley into the bottom corner from 20 yards as the Grecians got the win they needed to stay up and sent Gillingham tumbling into League Two instead.

Exeter made the worst possible start and found themselves behind after two minutes. Matt Taylor completely left Richard Duffy's pass and Gary Roberts was quickly on to it. He twisted and turned on the edge of the penalty box before firing a low shot that Paul Jones got a hand to but could not keep out.

Dominate

The Grecians went on to dominate the rest of the first half, forcing a number of corners, and it was from one of those that Taylor made amends with the equaliser. The Exeter captain met Harley's delivery with a powerful header that flew past Alex Smithies.

Bertie Cozic and Liam Sercombe were narrowly off target with long shots for the Grecians as they finished the first half strongly, while Huddersfield showed little in attack.

They improved after the break and Roberts and Jordan Rhodes were both denied by excellent saves from Paul Jones but, as the tension around St James Park grew, Harley came up trumps for Exeter with a glorious strike to send the crowd wild.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 15 33
2 Preston North End 14 31
3 Swindon Town 14 26
4 Notts County 14 26
5 Peterborough United 15 26
6 Sheffield United 14 26
7 Oldham Athletic 15 25
8 Milton Keynes Dons 13 24
9 Rochdale 14 23
10 Fleetwood Town 15 19
11 Chesterfield 15 19
12 Bradford City 15 19
13 Crawley Town 15 18
14 Colchester United 15 17
15 Barnsley 14 16
16 Port Vale 15 16
17 Coventry City 15 16
18 Walsall 15 15
19 Leyton Orient 15 15
20 Doncaster Rovers 13 15
21 Gillingham 15 14
22 Yeovil Town 15 13
23 Crewe Alexandra 15 13
24 Scunthorpe United 15 12

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