March 2, 2013
Grecians leapfrog Cobblers
Exeter recorded their first win over promotion rivals Northampton since 1984 with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at St James' Park.
City, who moved above the Cobblers off the back of the win, shaded the first half and went in front after 22 minutes.
Craig Woodman's in-swinging corner caused panic for Northampton goalkeeper Lee Nicholls and, with Jamie Cureton on his toes, he fumbled the ball into his own net.
Cureton should have made it 2-0 when he beat the offside trap, but he took an extra touch, which allowed Nicholls to save.
Northampton's best chance came when a cross from the right was turned towards his own goal by Scot Bennett, but Artur Krysiak pulled off a superb save to preserve Exeter's lead.
Cureton did make it 2-0 with his 20th goal of the season after 59 minutes, darting towards the near post to head in Matt Oakley's superb free-kick.
Northampton's Adebayo Akinfenwa saw a header cleared off the line by Arron Davies, but Jake Gosling wrapped up the points for Exeter eight minutes from time with a brilliant individual goal, his first for the Grecians.
|Exeter City||Northampton Town|
|1 Artur Krysiak||21 Lee Nicholls|
|16 Kevin Amankwaah||30 Clarke Carlisle|
|6 Danny Coles||5 Kelvin Langmead|
|3 Craig Woodman||6 Lee Collins|
|5 Pat Baldwin||12 Ben Tozer|
|4 Scott Bennett||3 Joe Widdowson|
|14 Tommy Doherty||4 Luke Guttridge|
|8 Matt Oakley||8 Ben Harding|
|11 Arron Davies||28 Roy O'Donovan|
|32 Jake Gosling||22 Lewis Hornby|
|12 Jamie Cureton||10 Adebayo Akinfenwa|
|24 Rhys Evans||Dean Snedker 13|
|2 Steve Tully||John Johnson 2|
|37 Jordan Moore-Taylor||Chris Hackett 11|
|23 Aaron Dawson||Ishmel Demontagnac 7|
|22 Jimmy Keohane||Claudio Dias 25|
|21 Guillem Bauza||Clive Platt 9|
|19 John O'Flynn||Jake Robinson 17|
|John O'Flynn for Jamie Cureton (84)||Jake Robinson for Lewis Hornby (66)|
|Jimmy Keohane for Matt Oakley (90)||Clive Platt for Joe Widdowson (67)|
|Ben Tozer (74)|
|Clarke Carlisle (81)|
|· Squads: Exeter City | Northampton Town|