Under-23s: Exeter City 2 Portsmouth 1

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Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 10:42am

Exeter City moved back to the top of their Premier League Cup group stage as goals from Jordan Dyer and Ben Seymour gave them a 2-1 win over Portsmouth.

It means, with a game left, City know a point away at second in the table Doncaster will be enough to see them top the group and get a home tie in the knockout stages of the competition.

City named a team with plenty of experience with Lee Holmes, Alex Fisher and Brennan Dickenson in the starting XI as the three over 23 players and Joel Randall, Alex Hartridge, Ben Seymour and Jordan Dyer also playing, despite having represented the club in first-team games this season.

Portsmouth, who had already been eliminated from the competition, started the game well with Oliver Hawkins looking dangerous early on.

However, it was the Grecians who took the lead with the first chance of note after 15 minutes when Holmes worked the ball out well to Randall who delivered a low first-time cross for Ben Seymour to lift a shot beyond Taylor Seymour and into the back of the net.

The visitors continued to look dangerous though and had the better of the chances during the remainder of the second half as Hawkins stung the gloves of Jack Arthur with a half volley before having a penalty appeal turned down when he collided with the City keeper in the area.

Arthur then made a good save to tip a Gerrard Storey shot over the crossbar before Hawkins was forced off before half-time through concussion.

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