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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
20:29 25th November 2009

Nuneaton Town 0 Exeter City 4

Exeter City eased their way into the Second Round of the FA Cup thanks to a clinical first half performance at Zamaretto Premier Division side Nuneaton Town.

A double from Matt Taylor on his one hundredth appearance for the club, Barry Corr's long range finish and an own goal put the Grecians four up at the interval and despite plenty of Nuneaton pressure Exeter's place in Sunday's Second Round draw never looked in doubt, a far cry from last season's nightmare at Curzon.

With Craig Noone recalled by Plymouth Argyle (and playing 20 minutes in their 2-1 win) and Marcus Stewart serving a one-match ban Ryan Harley and Barry Corr came into the side.

And it was the ginger playmaker who carved out City's first opening after two minutes, his throughball found Fleetwood but his shot was well saved by Darren Acton.

The opening goal was always going to be vital in a tie like this and from the resulting corner Matt Taylor made the breakthrough. Alex Russell's delivery created a scramble in the box and Taylor finished from close range for his first of the season.

One of the positives from last weekend's 3-0 victory against Brentford was the use of attacking set-pieces and Russell almost created a second for City with a free kick but Corr's header was straight at Acton.

Then on the half-hour mark the Grecians extended their lead when Corr's run and long-range shot took a deflection of strike partner Fleetwood before bouncing past Acton on its way into the far corner.

Corr's third of the season was slightly fortuitous but on the whole he made the most of a rare start in Stewart's absence and he almost doubled his tally for the afternoon shortly after. A fantastic passing move almost got the finish it deserved after Harley set Scott Golbourne free with a neat touch and the impressive left-back 's cross was almost turned in by City's summer signing from Swindon.

Seven minutes later it was three. Russell and Dunne combined and the former Arsenal youngster threaded Fleetwood through with a superb pass. The goalkeeper saved the on-loan Charlton striker's effort but the ball found its way in via the unfortunate Guy Hadland.

Things got even better just before half-time when captain Taylor poked home at the far post to make it four after City had once again caused havoc with a set-piece, this time Harley's outswinging corner.

Paul Tisdale told his side at half-time about the importance of keeping a clean sheet and it was obvious in their second half performance that this was paramount. But it could so easily have been five minutes later, Harley rounding the goalkeeper but his shot was well blocked by the covering defender.

With the job done by the interval City supporters, so used to seeing their side involved in close-knit games this season, could relax in the second half and they were joined by one of their own behind Marriott's goal, Dean Moxey spending his day off watching his former side in action.

The fan favourite received a tremendous reception and the supporters on the whole created a superb level of noise on a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for the travelling fans.

Of course Moxey's famous FA Cup winner against Doncaster was one of the Grecians all-time great Cup goals and Fleetwood would have surely added his name to that list had his rocket of a volley from Corr's flick not flown just over.

Nuneaton's number eight Paul Spacey was one of the home side's more impressive performers and he looked to pull the strings on occasions throughout the second half but the City rearguard stood firm. And the home side would have got a consolation with six minutes left had Dan Seaborne not deflected Chris Dillion's goalbound effort past Marriott's post.

City will face tougher challenges in this season's FA Cup but goalscoring is a great habit to get into and City can now boast seven goals from their last two games and made sure they scored at just the right times, and finished the majority of their chances, to turn a potential banana-skin into a piece of cake.

City lined up: Marriott, Tully, Seaborne, Taylor, Golbourne, Dunne, (Sercombe 70) Russell, Cozic, Harley, Corr, Fleetwood (Stansfield 70) Subs not used: Jansson, Duffy, Edwards, Logan, Archibald-Henville

Nuneaton lined up: Acton, Oddy, Nisevic, Dean, Pierpoint, Hadland (Armson 52) Noon, Spacey, Marsden (Murphey 89) Dillion, Moore

Crowd: 2452

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