Exeter City 1 Salford City 0 Exeter stopped a run of three successive defeats with a win against Salford's new manager Gary Bowyer's first game ended in a loss at St James Park.
EXETER GET WELCOME WIN AT SJP
Exeter City 1 Salford City 0
Exeter stopped a run of three successive defeats with a win against Salford's new manager Gary Bowyer's first game ended in a loss at St James Park.
Exeter's Matt Jay was on fire with the only goal of a game.
Salford started well and came close to scoring when Ian Henderson cut inside Alex Hartridge and fired against the underside of the crossbar. James Wilson turned the rebound goalwards but was denied by Rory McArdle.
Exeter thought they should have had a penalty when Jay's cross appeared to be handled, but nothing was given.
However, City's top scorer broke the deadlock on 34 minutes, plus Jake Taylor came close.
The second half Salford saw more of the ball but struggled to test Jokull Andresson in the Exeter goal, but Exeter shut the door for opportunity.
Salford's Brandon Thomas-Asante did have one effort at goal, which Andresson saved with his foot, but Exeter defended superbly and were good value for an important win.
With the win Exeter remain in eighth but closing the points with the playoff pack. The Grecians currently have 56 points chasing Newport on 57 points in seventh and Morecambe and Forest Green on 62 points and Bolton and Tranmere on 63. Just below Exeter are Leyton Orient on 53 points with Salford, Crawley and Bradford all sharing 51 points.
Exeter's next game is between away at 18th place Port Vale next Friday with a 3pm kick off.
The team down the A38 drew two all away at Blackpool. Argyle are in 16th in League 1. Their next game is at home to Wimbledon who are in the drop zone in 21st on Friday afternoon.
Torquay United in the National League went down one nil away at Dagenham and Redbridge. The Gulls remain in 3rd with 51 points, having 3 points docked because Dover Athletic have their season written off. 6 points away from Hartlepool and Sutton United are top with 61 points. Their next game is at Plainmoor against Woking next Friday at 3pm.