Green for grate­ful Gre­cians

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The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Hill

EX­ETER boss Paul Tis­dale was left purring at Brun­ton Park’s pitch af­ter his side recorded an over­due victory away at labour­ing Carlisle.

The Gre­cians recorded only their sec­ond win of 2015 af­ter Ryan Har­ley net­ted ei­ther side of a Steven Rigg equaliser, be­fore Liam Ser­combe put the game to bed in in­jury time.

And Tis­dale in­sisted the play­ing sur­face in Cum­bria played straight into his men’s hands.

“That is the best pitch we have played on since Novem­ber time, so that’s a mas­sive help to the way we play,” he said.

“It’s very flat and true, and we could play our foot­ball – but we also de­fended our own box ad­mirably.”

Tis­dale felt a re­sult had been on the cards for his side, who were win­less in seven prior to their north­ern ven­ture.

“We made good de­ci­sions and got the rub of the green at cer­tain points, but it was a very com­pe­tent dis­play,” he added.

“We marked this one out as our chance to get the three points. It’s a long way back but that makes it seem a lot shorter.”

Ex­eter re­ally should have been ahead when a long ball found its way through to striker Tom Ni­chols, but he some­how slid his ef­fort wide from eight yards.

But it was the Gre­cians who took the lead shortly af­ter. Alex Ni­cholls’ chip found the cross­bar, but Ni­chols re­cov­ered the re­bound be­fore squar­ing for Har­ley to prod home.

Carlisle of­fered a threat of their own, and it was their eye-catch­ing winger David Amoo who pro­vided the spark for their equaliser.

Af­ter jink­ing away from two Ex­eter men, he de­liv­ered a pin­point cross into Rigg, who calmly stroked his half-vol­ley past James Ha­mon.

The sec­ond pe­riod brought more of the same, with Ex­eter re­tak­ing the lead through Har­ley once more. A loose clear­ance fell to the feet of the mid­fielder, who took a touch be­fore calmly stroking into the bot­tom cor­ner from 25 yards.

The Cum­bri­ans searched in vain for an equaliser, with in-form front­man Char­lie Wyke forc­ing a smart save from Ha­mon.

But it was Ex­eter who rounded things off in style through Ser­combe.

“It’s a strange one,” said Carlisle boss Keith Curle.“We could eas­ily be sat here with a 2-2 draw and still feel­ing down­beat about how we didn’t win the game, so to lose is dis­ap­point­ing.

“I thought we were a bit naïve with David Amoo. He had their full-back beaten and in the sec­ond­half we barely got the ball to him.

“There’s go­ing to be plenty more twists and turns, but I’m 100 per cent con­fi­dent we’ll be all right.”

STAR MAN RYAN HAR­LEY

Ex­eter

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