Newcastle (17) 26
Try: Bobo Pens: Gopperth 5, Manning Drop-goal: Gopperth
Exeter (6) 24
Tries: Dollman, Foster Con: Steenson Pens:Davis 4
Matchwinner Manning was on as a replacement for Newcastle
Jeremy Manning kicked an injury-time penalty to earn Newcastle victory over Exeter in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
A try from Gcobani Bobo and some excellent kicking by Jimmy Gopperth gave Newcastle a healthy-looking advantage at half-time.
But Exeter roared back to the brink of victory as Phil Dollman and Mark Foster both touched down.
Their hopes were dashed when Junior Poluleuligaga conceded a penalty, allowing Manning to nick the win.
Newcastle: Fielden; M. Tait, Tu'ipulotu, Eves, Bobo; Gopperth, Hodgson; Shiells, Thompson, Brookes, Levi, Swinson, Welch, Pennycook, Hogg (capt).
Replacements: Ward, Fearn, Hall, Townson, M. Wilson, Manning, Fitzpatrick, Williams.
Exeter: Dollman; Jess, Higgins, Rennie, Foster; Davis, Cowley (capt); Moon, Whitehead, Budgen, Bentley, Gannon, Slade, Miller, Phillips.
Replacements: Vickers, Murphy, Elosu, Stupple, Ewers, Poluleuligaga, Matavesi, Steenson.