Exeter City bounced back from a midweek defeat against Portsmouth with a 2-0 victory against Carlisle United on Saturday in their longest away trip of the season. 

Manager Gary Caldwell made two changes for the 694-mile round trip to Cumbria, bringing in Reece Cole and Sam Nombe for Tom Carroll and James Scott.

The home side nearly opened the scoring inside the opening minute but Sean Maguire fired his effort from outside the box just wide of the right-hand post. 

City's first chance fell to Chelsea loanee Dion Rankine, but his effort was blocked after some nice interplay from Alex Hartridge, Zak Jules and Jack Aitchison.

Their next chance came when Carlisle keeper Tomas Holy fumbled a cross from Mitchell, but he managed to recover as the ball looped up awkwardly. 

Carlisle started brightly at the start of the second period, with Exeter stopper Viljami Sinisalo being called into action to save Owen Moxon’s low free kick. 

Caldwell made some changes, bring on Sonny Cox to add more firepower in the final third, before Exeter scored their breakthrough goal. 

Cole’s corner was headed out to the edge of the box by a Carlisle defender, but Trevitt was waiting to drive a low shot into the bottom corner.

The next big chance fell to the home side when Paul Huntington’s bullet header was tipped round the post in superb style by Exeter's Finnish goalkeeper. 

That save proved crucial as City doubled the lead with ten minutes to go.

Aitchison held up the ball for Cole on the touchline, allowing him to whip in a fantastic ball to the area.

Trevitt brought it down with his chest and found Mitchell, who slotted the ball in at the near post to seal the win. 

Exeter are next in action on Saturday, August 26 against Reading at St James Park.