Reuben Reid at the double as Exeter hit back at Cheltenham to go top

Exeter are the new leaders of Sky Bet League Two after they edged a seven-goal thriller at 10-man Cheltenham.

The Robins had been leading 2-0 through Kevin Dawson’s brace but all of the midfielder’s hard work was undone before the break as Exeter drew level.

Jordan Moore-Taylor pulled one back in the 39th minute with a fierce drive into the top corner and Reuben Reid equalised with a close-range finish seconds before the break.

Jamie Grimes was sent off for bringing down Jake Taylor in the box, with Reid scoring from the spot, and Taylor then added a fourth on the break before Dan Holman made it 4-3 at the death.

Newport jumped to second place as Frank Nouble marked his first home appearance with a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Chesterfield.

Chris O’Grady had slammed the Spireites ahead after good work from Scott Wiseman after 37 minutes but Nouble equalised 10 minutes into the second half with a superb strike into the top corner.

He scored his second with a looping header and completed a treble with another header, with debutant Padraig Amond capping a fine home display with a well-taken volley in the 82nd minute.

Stevenage are up to third after they held on for a 1-0 win at Barnet despite playing 55 minutes with 10 men.

Tom Pett scored the only goal in the 27th minute, with Dale Gorman sent off for a poor challenge on Mauro Vilhete shortly afterwards.

Colchester claimed their first win of the season in emphatic fashion as Forest Green were thumped 5-1.

The U’s took an early lead through Kyel Reid and Frankie Kent made it two after 21 minutes when he looped in a header at the far post.

Forest Green hit back two minutes later as Liam Noble sent a low shot into the bottom corner but Sammie Szmodics made it 3-1 after 65 minutes, firing home at the second attempt.

Kane Vincent-Young slid the ball home after a 50-yard run to make it four and Courtney Senior sealed the points in stoppage time.

Marek Stech saved a stoppage-time penalty to earn Luton a point in a 2-2 draw at Mansfield.

Late goals from James Collins and Danny Hylton earned the Hatters an unlikely point after the Stags had taken a commanding lead through Rhys Bennett and Lee Angol.

Adebayo Akinfenwa scored twice to earn Wycombe a 3-2 win at 10-man Grimsby while Olufela Olomola continued his fine form with Yeovil’s second goal in a 2-0 win against Coventry.

Chris Dagnall’s header was enough for Crewe to beat derby rivals Port Vale, who had Michael Tongue sent off in the first half, and Alex Woodyard scored twice as Lincoln beat 10-man Carlisle 4-1.

High-flying Swindon were stunned 3-0 at home by Crawley, with Jimmy Smith wrapping up the win with a late third, while Cambridge drew 0-0 with Morecambe.

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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