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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
21:24 25th September 2010

IT'S DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN!

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Whoever said that lightning doesn't strike twice was proved sadly wrong today as Exeter City completed an early season double over the Glovers at Huish Park.

In a carbon copy of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie a month ago, the Grecians took the lead before Yeovil equalised and then conceded straight away before a late killer third goal sealed the Glovers fate.

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Manager Terry Skiverton was forced into one change with Craig Alcock dropping out with a back injury and Stefan Stam coming in to replace him. In a defensive reshuffle, Stam slotted into the middle with Adam Virgo moving out to the right flank.

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In a quiet first fifteen minutes, there was only a half chance from Owain Tudur Jones to warm the home crowd's hands as the visitors, playing their familiar 3-5-2 formation, stifled the midfield and passed the ball contently.

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It looked certain that Yeovil would open the scoring on seventeen minutes. Dean Bowditch was played in with a drilled low ball from Nathan Smith and the ex-Ipswich striker rounded the keeper but saw his shot blocked by a desperate clearance from Troy Archibald-Henville.

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From the corner, Paul Huntington also went close as his header was cleared off the line by a defender and Tudur Jones also went close again following good work from Gavin Williams.

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All the pressure couldn't produce a goal and against the run of play, Exeter scored with their first attack of note. A ball in from the left wing by Scott Golbourne was flicked in expertly by Richard Logan for his third goal of the season.

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Nathan Smith, of all people, almost levelled the game when he cut inside after a mazy run and hit a right footed rising shot over the bar and the Glovers came evn closer when Bowditch finished well but was flagged offside by the assistant referee.

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Gavin Williams then hit a blistering shot that thumped against the bar while Jamie Cureton fired over at the other end as the game opened up somewhat.

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Williams seemed Yeovil's best chance of scoring and his curled direct free kick was headed off the line in the dying moments of the first half.

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As the second half started, Andy Williams had two chances to score with his head and namesake Gavin also curled a shot over.

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Eventually the pressure had to tell and the equaliser came on 55 minutes. Sam Williams, brought on just ninety seconds earlier for Andy Williams, produced a towering header from a Gavin Williams free kick.

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The lead lasted less than two minutes as Logan added his second of the game after a surging run from Bertie Kozic set the striker up to sweep the ball home at the far post.

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The game hinged on the next goal and the chances dried up somewhat with just a couple of Sam Williams headers straight at keeper Paul Jones.

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With sixteen minutes left, Yeovil's final chance of victory disappeared and the architect again was Cureton, impressive all game. He made space in the box to float over a cross to the far post where Harley couldn't miss for his seventh of the season.

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With Andy Welsh and Shaun MacDonald going off to be replaced by the two Lukes, Ayling and Freeman to provide more attacking impetus, the Glovers failed to create anything more substantial barring a dipping Sam Williams volley that Jones did well to push round the post for a corner.

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The last word went to City with Cureton ramming a shot against the post but even five minutes of stoppage time couldn't prevent Exeter stretching their unbeaten run to six games.

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