In a tight game at St James Park, two promotion hopefuls went head-to-head. It was the Bees of Brentford who came out on top, condemning surprise package Exeter to a home defeat.
It came courtesy of a controversial penalty – after a tackle from Exeter’s Rob Edwards, when it appeared that he had won the ball. It was dispatched with ease by Charlie MacDonald 14 minutes from time, and Sam Wood added another four minutes later.
It moves Brentford up to 2nd, after an impressive Christmas period, while Exeter remain in the play-off places.
Elsewhere, leaders Wycombe were held at Gillingham, thanks to a late equaliser from Curtis Weston. And Shrewsbury ended a poor-run of three successive defeats with a battling victory over high-flying Bury. Grant Holt – linked with a move away from the club in the January transfer window, nodded in expertly after Bury defender Efe Sodje had been sent off for an elbow earlier in the game.
And Dag & Red secured a massive win away to play-off chasing Aldershot. The win was slightly fortuitous – a late winner from Jon Nurse after Aldershot had missed chances themselves to win the game.
Sunday Dec 28 Results:
Accrington Stanley 3-1 Grimsby
Aldershot 1-2 Dag & Red
Bournemouth 0-2 Barnet
Bradford 4-0 Morecambe
Darlington 0-0 Chesterfield
Exeter 0-2 Brentford
Gillingham 1-1 Wycombe
Luton 3-2 Lincoln City
Macclesfield 3-1 Chester
Notts County 0-3 Rotherham
Port Vale 2-1 Rochdale
Shrewsbury 1-0 Bury
Posted in Mixed
Tagged Aldershot, Brentford, Bury, Charlie MacDonald, Curtis Weston, Dag & Red, Efe Sodje, Exeter City, Gillingham, Grant Holt, John Nurse, Rob Edwards, Sam Wood, Shrewsbury Town, Wycombe Wanderers
A late strike from Exeter’s Emmanuel Panther helps secure a point at Morecambe, writes Danny Milligan.
The midfielder curled the ball around keeper Barry Roche in the 85th minute to give 10 man Exeter a share of the points.
Morecambe started the game the better of the sides, with Danny Carlton shooting wide and Exeter keeper Paul Jones making a terrific save from a Stewart Drummond header.
And they took the lead in the 22nd minute courtesy of Rene Howe, the striker touching the ball around a committed Exeter keeper Paul Jones, and sliding the ball into an open net.
Exeter midfielder Bertrand Cozic was sent off in the 48th minute after a stamp on Craig Stanley.
But the visitors showed their class in the second half, forcing a number of saves out of Roche.
Panther’s goal late on followed good pressure from Exeter and despite a last gasp run from Howe both sides came away with a point.
Morecambe manager Sammy McIlory told the clubs website: “We have to learn to kill teams off.
“It is frustrating because even though it was a good finish the chance should never have arisen.”
Posted in Exeter City, Morecambe
Tagged Barry Roche, Bertrand Cozic, Craig Stanley, Danny Carlton, Emmanuel Panther, Exeter City, Morecambe, Paul Jones, Rene Howe, Sammy McIlroy, Stuart Drummond