Kenyan international Vincent Harper on target as Exeter City share spoils in League One

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FOOTBALL Kenyan international Vincent Harper on target as Exeter City share spoils in League One

Joel Omotto 21:05 - 24.02.2024

Kenya’s Vincent Harper helped rescue a point for his English League One side Exeter City after scoring a good goal in the early minutes of their match against Fleetwood Town.

Kenyan winger Vincent Harper helped secure a point for Exeter City as they drew 1-1 with Fleetwood Town in an English League One clash on Saturday.

Exeter were left frustrated as a dominant Fleetwood performance in the second half almost cost the Grecians a point at home after the Kenyan international had given them a 24th minute lead.

It was a game of two halves as Exeter looked comfortable going into the break 1-0 up, courtesy of Harper. Fleetwood came out a different side in the second half, having made four changes at the break, and clawed back a leveller through Promise Omochere.

Exeter were rewarded midway through the first half as Harper scored his first competitive goal for his club after Reece Cole delivered the ball towards Mo Eisa from just inside the area.

Rather than take it on himself, Eisa let the ball run to Harper who was bounding towards the six-yard box. Harper smashed home from close range and wheeled away in celebration, capitalising on the damp surface to perform an impressive knee slide in front of the Adam Stansfield Stand.

Fleetwood were deep in the relegation battle, sitting 23rd in the League One table, with Exeter nine places above them coming into the match.

Fleetwood slowly grew into the game as the first half went on, creating two shooting opportunities, both of which resulted in the ball going off-target.

They came out flying in the second half as their manager, Charlie Adam made four changes. Carl Johnston fired from close range, denied by a diving save from Vil Sinisalo to win a corner.

A sloppy pass from the Fleetwood defence found Cole with the ball at his feet and the Fleetwood keeper off his line. Cole tried his luck, shooting from inside the centre circle, although he was unable to beat the keeper. Cole’s shot was on target but never looked like going in as he failed to lift the ball off the ground and over Jay Lynch.

The draw leaves Exeter in 14th place on 41 points from 35 games while Fleetwood are second from bottom with 27.