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The Crown Ground (ATT 1,219) 14th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Accrington Accrington Stanley vs Exeter City Exeter

Accrington 2

P Murphy (38)
K Naismith (50)

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Exeter 3

T Nichols (6, 11)
A Gow (24)

Grecians return to winning ways

Last Updated: 14/12/13 7:11pm

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Alan Gow: On the scoresheet

Alan Gow: On the scoresheet

Exeter halted a run of seven league games without a win but in the end they were made to sweat for their 3-2 victory at Accrington.

The Grecians charged into a 3-0 lead inside the opening 24 minutes and also missed a penalty early in the second half after Stanley had got themselves back into the game.

Striker Tom Nichols opened the scoring in the sixth minute when he got the ball to the left of midfield and saw goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli off his line before launching a neat chip over the stopper from 20 yards out.

It was 2-0 after 11 minutes with Alan Gow's quick pass catching the home defence flat-footed and Nichols fired a low, hard shot into the bottom of the net from inside the area.

The third goal was not long in coming. Experienced forward Gow turned and shot inside the box with Bettinelli unable to keep it out at the near post with 24 minutes on the clock.

Stanley got themselves back in it in the 38th minute when Kal Naismith's right-wing cross was headed in by Peter Murphy from close range.

And it was Naismith who made it 3-2 five minutes after half-time as he leapt highest to head home Lee Naylor's cross.

Naylor was then judged to have brought down Nichols in the box and Gow stepped up to take the penalty but his kick was pushed away by Bettinelli.

Grecians keeper Artur Krysiak pulled off two superb saves to keep out efforts from James Gray and Piero Mingoia to deny Accrington an equaliser.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 38 76
2 Shrewsbury Town 39 74
3 Wycombe Wanderers 39 74
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Newport County AFC 39 61
7 Plymouth Argyle 39 60
8 Luton Town 39 58
9 Stevenage 38 57
10 Northampton Town 39 56
11 Exeter City 39 55
12 AFC Wimbledon 39 53
13 Morecambe 39 50
14 Portsmouth 39 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 39 49
16 Oxford United 39 46
17 Accrington Stanley 39 46
18 Mansfield Town 39 45
19 Cambridge United 39 44
20 York City 39 41
21 Carlisle United 39 41
22 Hartlepool United 39 39
23 Tranmere Rovers 39 38
24 Cheltenham Town 39 37