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Bristol Rovers 0 City 4

Goals from Jonathan Forte, Dean Moxey, Hiram Boateng and Troy Brown gives City victory over Bristol Rovers

28 July 2018

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Exeter City completed their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 win over Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium

In a game where both sides had spells of pressure, it was City who took the victory with some clinical finishing in front of goal that saw them lead 3-0 at the break before defender Troy Brown added a fourth after the interval.

It was Rovers who started the brighter with Alex Rodman having a couple of efforts at goal and Kyle Bennett firing another shot just wide.

However, Jonathan Forte fired the first warning shot of what was to come on the 20th-minute mark as he latched onto a flick-on from Jayden Stockley and lifted a shot over the advancing Bristol Rovers' keeper Sam Slocombe but the ball bounced wide of the unguarded net.

Rodman then went close again for Bristol as he got a boot to a near-post corner and saw his effort flash across the face of goal and inches wide. So, it was slightly against the run of play in terms of chances that City took the lead in the 28th minute. It came when Pierce Sweeney's low cross evaded Stockley at the near post, which allowed Forte to steal in just behind and side-foot the ball home.

From that moment on, City controlled the first half and they doubled their lead four minutes later when Stockley nodded a corner back across goal for Dean Moxey to fire home with his left foot.

Exeter City's Hiram Boateng celebrates his goal

Hiram Boateng, known for his special strikes, then scored his second goal of pre-season as good pressure from Lee Holmes saw the ball break to the edge of the area. That is where Boateng picked up the ball and curled a beautiful shot home from 20 yards.

Rovers started the second half strongly as well, but the City defence stood firm and Christy Pym was not tested. Brown then made it 4-0 on the hour as the home side struggled to clear another corner and the ball found its way to the back post where City's defender side-footed home.

After that, the managers used their substitutes to make a number of changes to both teams which disrupted the flow of the game. Bristol though ended the match the stronger with Ollie Clarke bringing a good save out of Pym before former Grecian Liam Sercombe fired over for the hosts.

Bristol Rovers: Slocombe, Leadbitter, Craig, Lockyear, Broadbent, Upson, Sercombe, Matthews, Bennett, Rodman, Nichols. Subs: J Clarke, O Clarke, Mensah Jnr, Kelly, Russe, Kilgour, Smith, Reilly.

City: Pym, Sweeney, Martin, Law, Holmes, Stockley, Forte, Moxey, Taylor, Brown, Boateng. Subs: Woodman, Martin, Jay, Oates, Abrahams, Croll, Hamon, Collins, Sparkes. 

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