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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Robbie Simpson (71')

Exeter beat Colchester to set up play-off date with Lincoln

Exeter will face Lincoln in the League Two play-off semi-finals as a 1-0 win over Colchester was enough for them to finish the season in fourth place.
Exeter should have gone ahead in the 13th minute when Liam McAlinden capitalised on some poor defending.
He lofted the ball over the head of goalkeeper Dillon Barnes but opted to set up Robbie Simpson despite having an open goal, with the ball going over his head as the chance went begging.
Simpson had the ball in the net only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul by the Exeter striker, but it was a poor first half of few chances for either side.
On the hour mark, Colchester had a great opportunity to go in front when Pierce Sweeney was adjudged to have fouled Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe in the box, but Sammie Szmodics' penalty was poor and kept out by the feet of Christy Pym.
Dean Moxey fired against the inside of the post for Exeter, who then went in front on 72 minutes when Simpson connected with Sweeney's deep cross to head past Barnes.
Ogedi-Uzokwe's deflected cross had to be palmed behind by Pym, but Colchester rarely threatened as Exeter saw the game out to finish fourth.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 28 +24 58
2 Bury 29 +22 52
3 Mansfield Town 28 +19 51
4 Carlisle United 29 +12 48
5 Milton Keynes Dons 27 +20 47
6 Forest Green Rovers 28 +16 47
7 Colchester United 29 +11 46
8 Exeter City 28 +9 44
9 Stevenage 29 -1 44
10 Tranmere Rovers 28 +7 42
11 Swindon Town 29 -5 40
12 Oldham Athletic 28 +6 39
13 Newport County 27 -7 39
14 Crewe Alexandra 29 -5 38
15 Grimsby Town 29 -9 34
16 Northampton Town 28 -1 33
17 Crawley Town 29 -8 33
18 Port Vale 28 -9 32
19 Cambridge United 29 -21 32
20 Yeovil Town 28 -4 30
21 Cheltenham Town 28 -11 29
22 Morecambe 29 -17 28
23 Macclesfield Town 29 -18 27
24 Notts County 29 -30 21