Match report: Exeter City 1 Crawley Town 1

Exeter City fought back from a goal down to earn a point at home to Crawley Town.

The Grecians, in heavy conditions, fell behind to Ashley Nadesan first half strike and toiled for the majority of the match before finding some rhythm in the final half hour an then equalising with nine minutes to go through Brennan Dickenson.

City manager Matt Taylor made three changes from last Saturday’s defeat to Northampton Town as Nicky Law, Jake Taylor and Dean Moxey came in for Tom Parkes, Archie Collins and Matt Jay.

The Grecians started the match brightly, but it was the visitors who had the first meaningful effort at goal when Reece Grego-Cox won the ball on halfway and burst forward before squaring a pass to Jordan Tunnincliffe. However, the Crawley Town midfielder’s shot was superbly blocked by Lewis Ward.

City then had a succession of chances as first Nicky Ajose was inches away from getting on the end of a Dickenson cross into the six-yard box and then Randell Williams curled a right-foot shot just wide after 22 minutes.

Ryan Bowman then sent a free header just wide, from a Williams’ cross, before Crawley Town broke the deadlock against the run of play.

It was a disappointing goal from a City point of view as Josh Doherty ghosted past the hosts midfield too easy and found Ashley Nadesan with a defence splitting pass and he lifted a shot over Ward.

The Grecians kept pressing though and were unfortunate not to draw level when Pierce Sweeney drilled a low shot against the base of the post from 30 yards out.

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