Exeter 1-2 Hartlepool: Match Report

13 August 2016 05:34

Hartlepool stun League Two rivals Exeter with rapid double strike

Hartlepool scored two goals in 90 seconds as they completed an unlikely 2-1 win at Exeter in Sky Bet League Two.

Liam McAlinden put Exeter ahead after 17 minutes, but a double blow inflicted by Hartlepool in the second half saw Michael Woods and Billy Paynter secure the points for the visitors.

Before his goal, McAlinden had a chance for Exeter after 17 minutes when he ran onto Tom McCready's long ball forward, but his shot took a deflection and went over the bar.

However, McAlinden broke the deadlock after 32 minutes when Ollie Watkins reacted quickly to a quick Craig Woodman throw and pulled the ball back to the former Wolves striker, who rolled the ball across goal and into the far corner.

Hartlepool were poor and made a double change at the break and it was one of those new faces, Padraig Amond, who should have levelled straight after half-time, but he poked wide of goal after some poor Exeter defending.

Ollie Watkins then hit the post for Exeter before Lloyd James curled a free-kick against the top of the crossbar as the hosts sought a second goal.

Hartlepool equalised after 74 minutes as Exeter failed to clear and Michael Woods rammed home the loose ball.

Barely a minute later, it was 2-1 as Lewis Alessandra crossed low into the box and Billy Paynter lashed home from 10 yards to give Hartlepool the lead. Watkins missed Exeter's best chance to equalise as he glanced a header wide.


Source: PA


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