Two goals for Nicky Law, but Dean Moxey grabs late winner for Torquay United

A late goal from ex-Grecian Dean Moxey condemned his former club to defeat in a behind closed doors on Monday afternoon.

Exeter City were beaten 3-2 by Torquay United in a friendly at Cliff Hill, in a game designed to get minutes into the legs of the Gulls ahead of their season beginning on Saturday, and for some of City fringe players.

Nicky Law grabbed two goals for the Grecians as they twice came from behind to level, but with five minutes to go, Moxey rifled home the winner for his new club.

Dean Moxey of Exeter City during Exeter City training after COVID-19 lockdown at Exeter City's Cliff Hill Training Ground, Exeter, Devon on June 13th 2020. - PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
Dean Moxey of Exeter City during Exeter City training after COVID-19 lockdown at Exeter City’s Cliff Hill Training Ground, Exeter, Devon on June 13th 2020. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Matt Taylor made 11 changes from the team that beat Mansfield Town 2-1 on Saturday, with Jonny Maxted starting in goal, Pierce Sweeney, Jordan Dyer and Alex Hartridge in a back three, Jake Caprice and Jack Sparkes as wing-backs, Will Dean, Harry Kite, and Nicky Law in midfield, and Ben Seymour and Nicky Ajose upfront.

The Gulls though took an early lead when centre back Kyle Cameron headed home from close range from a corner.

Seymour missed a chance to equalise, before Law made it 1-1 just before half-time, latching onto a through ball from Caprice and smashing it past the keeper.

Nicky Law of Exeter City on the ball during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Port Vale at St James Park, Exeter on 19 Sep. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK
Nicky Law of Exeter City on the ball during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Port Vale at St James Park, Exeter on 19 Sep. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Ten minutes into the second half, Torquay took the lead as a loose ball was drilled under Maxted from the edge of the box, but Law levelled up moments later. After Sparkes was brought down in the box, Law stepped up, and fired his penalty into the box of the net.

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But as City pushed for a winner, with some academy youngsters having come onto the pitch, Moxey popped up to lash the ball home after the Grecian backline failed to clear.

The result though was immaterial for City, with the primary focus having been on getting minutes into the legs of some of those on the fringe of the starting eleven, or those coming back from injury.

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One of the youngsters who came off the bench in the second half was 19-year-old Cheick Diabate

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Cheick Diabate of Exeter City during Exeter City training session at Exeter City's Cliff Hill Training Ground, Exeter, Devon on Sept 1st 2020. - PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
Cheick Diabate of Exeter City during Exeter City training session at Exeter City’s Cliff Hill Training Ground, Exeter, Devon on Sept 1st 2020. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

The centre-back is on loan at Bideford, but said that he enjoyed his run out for City against tough opponents.

He added: “I am happy with the way I am improving and getting the chance. I have to keep on working hard, be patient, and do well on loan. I want to get into the first team and do my best for the club and hope the coaches trust me enough then I will get selected more.”

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