Mark Yates is not ruling out the prospect of automatic promotion for his Cheltenham side as they kept their dream alive with a 1-0 win at Exeter.

Russell Penn scored the only goal of the game after just five minutes with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area - ending Exeter's hopes of making the play-offs. Cheltenham must now beat Bradford and hope Rotherham slip up in their home encounter against an Aldershot side clinging to their Football League life.

"At this stage of the season against a good side, we have done a really professional job," Yates said. "I have asked the boys to take it to next Saturday and that is what we have done.

"All we can do is take care of our result and see what happens. Hopefully get a big crowd next Saturday at home to Bradford and you never know what is around the corner. Aldershot have got something to play for now which we are happy with. We have got to take care of ourselves. If results don't go for us we can hopefully go into the play-offs in a positive frame of mind. It was a big win for us.

"We will worry about what happens next week but if we don't get there, there will be a moments disappointment - and we are allowed that. Then we will be focused purely on the play-offs. But right now it is a big well done to the whole squad and our fantastic support."

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale paid tribute to the efforts of his squad, with injuries to key players at a crucial time of the campaign costing the Grecians their promotion dream.

"It's disappointing and there are plenty of reasons why that is the case. We have been left wanting in one or two areas of our game," he said.

"I am really pleased with the way the players and the squad have committed to the season and I thought it was a fantastic effort again here from a group that has been depleted by injury of half-a-dozen definite starters.

"We had young players coming into the side and I thought they played really well, especially in the first half, and it summed up the season really. We have lost to Cheltenham twice, have played extremely well on both occasions, but haven't scored.

"We had plenty of shots and snatched at a few. Maybe we could have done better there, but I thought the performance in the first half was one of our best of the season. Bringing the youngsters into the side is a sign of things to come and we will certainly be seeing more of them next season."