Report: Exeter City 3-1 Carlisle United

In Matt Taylor’s first competitive match in charge of the Grecians his side ran out 3-1 winners against Carlisle.

The hosts went ahead in the first half when Nicky Law struck in the 16th minute to round off a well worked move, before Jonathan Forte added another with a composed finish after good work Lee Holmes down the left-hand-side.

Danny Grainger hit the bar for Carlisle from a good free kick, before the away side’s efforts were rewarded when Richie Bennet grab a goal thanks to great teamwork from Hallam Hope and Danny Grainger to make it 2-1 going into half time.

Jayden Stockley then had wonderful chance to get the Grecians’ third, when he was picked out expertly by Law. However, the striker miscued his left footed attempt as it went high and wide over Fryers goal.

Taylor then introduced Abrahams and Lee Martin, Martin creating another good change for Stockley who again fired over.

As Carlisle pushed for the equaliser, Exeter intercepted the away side and were on the counter-attack. It started when Law passed to Stockley, who then put through Abrahams to seal the three points for the hosts and send Carlisle home with nothing.

Line-ups: Exeter Pym, Sweeney, A. Martin, Law, Holmes (L. Martin 64), Stockley, Forte (Abrahams, 64), Moxey, Taylor, Brown, Boateng (Tillson, 85) started in what looked like a 4-4-2 but did change throughout the game to a 4-3-3 with Law tucking into midfield.

Player Ratings:

Pym |7| He didn’t have a whole lot to do and his distribution wasn’t the best. He couldn’t done anything about the goal, but a solid start for city’s Number one.

Pierce Sweeney |7| A good game by the Irishman, defended well, good in the air, kept out some very good balls into the box.

Troy Brown: |8| Won everything in the air a typical Brown performance, a very good start and if he can stays fit then city will always have a chance.

Arron Martin |7| On the back of a injury he was reasonably good but does look like he may have a mistake or two in him. Overall he was solid yesterday.

Dean Moxey |7| Linked up with Nicky Law down the left side brilliantly giving Ex- argyle full back a hard time, he was solid throughout.

Jake Taylor |8| Back in his best position in my opinion, he wasn’t always in the thick of things but did what he had to do. He worked hard and put in some good passes.

Nicky Law |9| My Man of The Match. A superb debut by the new man who took his goal really well. He controlled the game throughout. When on form he’s easily a league one player. He was involved in all three goals and was rightly named man of the match.

Hiram Boateng |8| He was brilliant in the first half, but after the break he went missing at times. He was replaced in the 85th minute for Jordan Tillson.

Lee Holmes |7| He constantly ran at the defence, making them scared every time he got the ball. He did brilliantly in the build-up to Forte’s goal. He was replaced half-way through second half for Lee Martin.

Jonathan Forte |8| He was a constant thorn in Carlisle’s back-line. They struggled to deal with his pace and power. He took his goal well and set up Law. He and Stockley linked up very well.

Jayden Stockley |7| He held up the play well and put his body in front of everything. He made room for others which went unnoticed. The only disappointment was that he missed two or three very good chances to get him off the mark for the season.

Subs: Lee Martin |6|He made a few chances, gave away the ball a couple times, and didn’t really get going.

Tristan Abrahams |8| He didn’t stop running. He took his goal brilliantly and chased down everything.

Jordan Tillson |5| He did what he had to do – kick the ball away from goal to see out the lead.

Attendance: 4,266 (235 Away)

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