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Plainmoor (ATT 4,231) 29th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Torquay Torquay United vs Exeter City Exeter

Torquay 1

K Hawley (74)

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Exeter 3

T Nichols (38)
D Wheeler (60)
A Gow (85)

Wheeler stars in Grecians win

Last Updated: 29/12/13 6:29pm

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Alan Gow: Scored the Grecians' third

Alan Gow: Scored the Grecians' third

Exeter winger David Wheeler scored a superb solo goal on the hour as Paul Tisdale's side beat Torquay 3-1 at Plainmoor.

Wheeler raced away down the left before beating Michael Poke as the keeper tried to close him down to claim the pick of the Grecians' three goals.

It might have been a different story for Torquay, who slip into the bottom two as a result of this defeat, but Karl Hawley had an eighth-minute penalty saved by Artur Krysiak following Liam Sercombe's foul on winger Billy Bodin.

Exeter's 20-year-old striker Tom Nichols opened the scoring with a thumping 25-yard shot on the run six minutes before the interval.

Nichols' right-footed strike, which came against the run of the play, was hit with such ferocity that it beat Poke at his near post.

Polish keeper Krysiak then made a brilliant diving save on the stroke of the interval and again in the 58th minute to twice deny Hawley.

Wheeler's wonder goal increased the lead but Hawley, recently recalled by the Gulls, converted a 74th-minute cross from the right by substitute Elliot Benyon to ensure a frenetic Devon derby finale.

However, experienced Exeter forward Alan Gow beat his marker Anthony O'Connor to coolly slot home his side's third goal five minutes from time.

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1 Scunthorpe United 44 80
2 Chesterfield 44 78
3 Rochdale 44 78
4 Fleetwood Town 44 75
5 Burton Albion 44 72
6 Southend United 44 68
7 York City 44 67
8 Oxford United 44 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 44 58
10 Bury 44 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 57
12 Mansfield Town 44 57
13 Portsmouth 44 57
14 AFC Wimbledon 44 56
15 Newport County AFC 44 55
16 Cheltenham Town 44 55
17 Hartlepool United 44 52
18 Accrington Stanley 44 51
19 Morecambe 44 50
20 Exeter City 44 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 44 47
22 Bristol Rovers 44 47
23 Northampton Town 44 47
24 Torquay United 44 42