Exeter City 0 - 1 Cheltenham Town

Match info: League Two at St James Park, Exeter

Date: 20/04/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: D Whitestone Att: 5,247

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Exeter

0
vs
1

Cheltenhm

Russell Penn 5

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: April 20 2013, 18:34 BST

Cheltenham kept their hopes of automatic promotion alive with a 1-0 win at Exeter thanks to Russell Penn's early goal.

Russell Penn: Scored solitary goal
Russell Penn: Scored solitary goal

Defeat for the Grecians ended their hopes of making the play-offs but the fourth-placed Robins can still go up automatically with a win over Bradford on the final weekend provided Rotherham lose at home to bottom club Aldershot.

The only goal came inside five minutes as Sido Jombati's deep free-kick was headed back across goal and fell on the edge of the box to Penn, who fired a low shot into the far corner.

Exeter's response was good with Jamie Cureton and Jamie Reid going close. Cureton missed a glorious chance when he nipped in behind the defence from Tommy Doherty's quickly taken free-kick but he snatched at his shot and pulled it wide.

Michael Hector went close to a second for Cheltenham but his header was saved by Artur Krysiak.

Despite the need for two goals to keep their play-off hopes alive, the Grecians never threatened until late on in a terrible second half.

Substitute Jimmy Keohane had their best chances but he blazed over the bar from 18 yards and was then denied by a brilliant fingertip Scott Brown stop.