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Exeter Preview

Andy Phillips previews Saturday's trip to Exeter City.

10 November 2017

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TOWN make the long trip down to Exeter City on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they begin a run of games against sides at the top end of the table.

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The Mariners have been particularly impressive away from home as of late, so will be looking to add to it against a side that have been near the top of the table since August.

However, they will also face a side that are looking to get back to winning ways after a difficult run of form, which may make it an even tougher fixture than it looked beforehand.

No fresh injury concerns for Town

Town have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Gloucestershire, with the likes of Mitch Rose and Karleigh Osbourne being back in training following spells out.

Jamey Osborne could be in contention for a return in the next couple of weeks after coming through the Checkatrade Trophy clash with Sunderland, so his return could be a big boost for the Mariners in the near future.

 Exeter will be without midfielder Lloyd James through suspension after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season last time out, whilst they have several longer term absentees in the form of defenders Jordan Tillson and Luke Croll and strikers Robbie Simpson and Ryan Brunt.

Exeter looking to bounce back

Exeter have kept up the form that saw them reach the League Two play-offs last campaign following a stunning second half to the campaign, and they go into Saturday's game in 4th despite a tricky few weeks.

The Grecians haven't won in four games in the league but have been able to afford to drop points after a fast start to the season that saw them win seven of their first eight games in League Two.

They made it to the second round of the FA Cup on Saturday as a brace from Jayden Stockley and a further strike from Liam McAlinden saw Exeter dispatch of eighth tier side Heybridge Swifts, and will now be looking tfor an improvement in their league form at the weekend.

Manager Paul Tisdale is now the second longest manager in English football behind Arsene Wenger having been at the club since 2006 and earning promotions from the National League and League Two for the Grecians during that time.

He did well to turn things around last season after an extremely difficult start to the campaign saw Exeter in the relegation zone, and they are now sure to be amongst the promotion pack come the end of the campaign.

Strikers Reuben Reid and Jayden Stockley in particular have struck up a particularly potent partnership, scoring 13 goals between them, and their blend of youth and experience will prove a test for any side that comes up against the Grecians' strike force this season.

Town hoping for revenge after last time out

Last season saw Exeter earn four points from their two games against Town, with the last encounter seeing the Grecians come away with a 3-0 win at Blundell Park.

The reverse fixture was a fairly unventful goalless draw in October 2016, and it is interesting to note that the last three games at Exeter's St James Park ground have ended that way.

Both sides have met on 32 occasions in the past, with Town winning 13, Exeter winning 11 and there having been eight draws.

Managers in summary

Paul Wilkinson: ''They play good football, they can be quite direct at times. It is going to be a test for us as always. Paul (Tisdale) gets his teams playing in a good way. They’ve had a terrific start to the season, it hasn’t quite gone so well over the last five or six games. But, again, they are a good team and had a good result over the weekend.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Exeter City 2-0 Grimsby Town

Town's unbeaten league run comes to an end in Devon

11 November 2017

Grimsby Town were beaten in the league for the first time in eight games as they lost to Exeter City at St James Park.

The Mariners fell behind when Jayden Stockley opened the scoring just before the half-hour after the hosts had been the better of the two sides.

And after showing signs of improvement in the early stages of the second half, Town conceded again when Liam McAlinden made it 2-0 to seal the points for Exeter.

Town boss Russell Slade again opted not to make any changes to his starting XI, with James McKeown starting in goal behind a defence of Ben Davies, Nathan Clarke, Danny Collins and Paul Dixon.

Siriki Dembele, James Berrett, Luke Summerfield and Martyn Woolford were the midfielders, with Sam Jones and Scott Vernon in attack.

The Grimsby substitutes were Ben Killip, Karleigh Osborne, Mitch Rose, Diallang Jaiyesimi, Zak Mills, JJ Hooper and Jamille Matt.

Exeter came into the game looking for the three points that could see them move back into League Two's automatic promotion places, with Paul Tisdale's side starting the afternoon in fourth place.

Collins conceded an early corner but the danger from the flag was dealt with, although Exeter kept possession and earned another corner, which led to Pierce Sweeney missing the target with a shot.

The early home pressure continued when a foul by Woolford on Lee Holmes gave Exeter a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, which was flicked away for a corner by Collins. 

A Town free kick in a promising position for a foul on Vernon came to nothing as the ball was cleared, before another free kick was played into the box by Dixon but a clearance was made after Clarke had won the initial header.

Another Exeter corner came on 20 minutes but the ball from the flag was missed by everybody and it went out for a goal kick.

A foul on Sumerfield by Hiram Boateng gave Town a free kick on 27 minutes but they were unable to create a chance from it.

Soon afterwards, the hosts took the lead when a ball across goal from Holmes was turned into the net by STOCKLEY, who had been left unmarked at the far post.

The home side had been on top throughout, with Woolford unable to profit when Town did get the ball into the Exeter box on 32 minutes.

A ball into the box from Dixon was headed away as the Mariners continued to struggle to cause problems for their hosts, before a shot from Sweeney went over the bar at the other end after he was put under pressure by Collins.

A good run by Dixon led to a corner when his cross was put behind at the near post on 42 minutes.  Summerfield's ball was touched on by Collins but home keeper Christy Pym managed to make a save on his line.

Soon afterwards, a cross from Woolford was headed towards his own goal by Troy Brown under pressure from Vernon, with Pym pushing it out for a corner.

One added minute was signalled to be played at the end of the half and with no further chances created by either side, Exeter's one-goal lead remained intact at the interval.

No changes were made before the restart and Town's first shot of the second half came from Summrfield, who let fly from 25 yards four minutes in but missed the target.

But although the visitors started the half well, when the game's second goal came, it was the home side who doubled their lead on 52 minutes.  A ball over the top found McALINDEN and he cut inside before curling a shot beyond McKeown.

An Exeter corner two minutes later was cleared, before Dembele tried his luck with a long-range shot that went wide.

The first Grimsby substitution saw Jaiyesimi replace Woolford on 56 minutes and a free kick came for the Mariners five minutes later, although it was cleared.

A cross from Dembele was also cleared after good play between the winger and Jaiyesimi, then Davies became the first in black and white to be booked as he was shown a yellow card for a foul.

Dixon followed him into the referee's notebook soon afterwards for a late challenge, before a shot from Jones was blocked as the Mariners started to show more signs of promise.

Matt was the next to come off the Grimsby bench as he replaced Vernon as the lone striker, with Jones, Jaiyesimi and Dembele now operating as a three behind him and Berrett and Summerfield sitting deeper in midfield.

Dixon was given a final warning by the referee after another foul and it proved to be his last involvement in the game as he was replaced by Mills soon afterwards.  The substitute went to right-back and Davies moved over to the left.

Stockley sent a header just over the bar as Exeter went close to a third goal, although the home side now seemed content to sit on their 2-0 advantage with the clock ticking beyong the 75-minute mark.

Alex Byrne came on for Boateng for the hosts with eight minutes to go, before a Summerfield free kick was saved at the near post by keeper Pym.

Three added minutes were played at the end of the game, with Stockley missing the target with a shot in the second of them as the hosts saw out their win on the attack.

Town are next in action on Saturday, when Carlisle United are the visitors to Blundell Park.

Exeter City

1 Christy Pym 
2 Pierce Sweeney 
3 Craig Woodman 
39 Troy Brown 
15 Jordan Moore-Taylor (C) 
25 Jake Taylor 
10 Lee Holmes 
44 Hiram Boateng 
21 Dean Moxey 
11 Jayden Stockley 
19 Liam McAlinden


13 James Hamon 
38 Jordan Storey 
22 Kane Wilson 
24 Alex Byrne 
28 Kyle Edwards 
20 Matt Jay 
33 Reuben Reid


1 James McKeown 
2 Ben Davies 
3 Paul Dixon 
6 Danny Collins 
5 Nathan Clarke (C) 
7 James Berrett 
27 Siriki Dembele 
19 Luke Summerfield 
25 Martyn Woolford 
21 Scott Vernon 
10 Sam Jones


30 Ben Killip 
12 Zak Mills 
14 Karleigh Osborne 
20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 
8 Mitch Rose 
9 JJ Hooper 
29 Jamille Matt

Referee:  Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 3,854 (254)  

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🚌Travelling To Exeter? Here's All You Need To Know.

Essential reading before you set off for Devon.

27 September 2019

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game.

Capacity: 8,830 (3,800 Seated)
Address: Stadium Way, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6PX
Telephone: 01392 411 243
Pitch Size: 114 x 73 yards
Club Nickname: The Grecians
Year Ground Opened: 1904

St James Park has undergone a large redevelopment which has seen a new covered away standing terrace which holds a little over 1,000 away fans.

Tickets - the important bit.


Adults - £23
Senior (65+) - £20
Student - £20
Under 18 - £11


Adults - £17
Senior (65+) - £14
Student - £14
Under 18 - £6Click to expand

Where to eat and drink.

Town fans are welcome in the bars and Red Square area. The local Kenniford Farms outlet has hot food (hog roasts, sausage etc) and will be in Red Square. There's a bar outside and one inside.

Supporters can use either based on the weather!

Where is the nearest cash machine?

The nearest cash machine is at Tesco’s in Sidwell Street, just beyond the Odeon cinema when walking from the club and about a 3-minute walk

Are flags allowed into the stadium?

Larger flags and banners must be inoffensive, non-political and be supported by a valid fire certificate and anyone with one should contact so we can advise the Safety Officer and stewards.

Celebrity Watch.

Uri Geller was once a Director of City. Noel Edmonds holds regular parties at his house which is just a corner kick from the ground. Dame Agatha Christie was born in 1890 in Torquay but lived in Exeter.

Isaac Singer the inventor of the sewing machine comes from these parts.

Comedian Tommy Cooper (spoon jar, jar spoon) was born in Wales but apparently spent his childhood in Exeter. Queen Elizabeth 1st privateer Sir Walter Raleigh was born in the local village of East Budleigh.

How to get there.

By Car:

From the M5: Exit westbound at Junction 29 onto the A3015 (Honiton Road). Follow the road onto the B3183 (Heavitree Road) for two miles, going past Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. Take the fourth exit at the roundabout into Western Way, and at the next roundabout take the second exit onto Old Tiverton Road. St James Park and Stadium Way are located on the left.

From the East: Follow the A303/A30 towards Exeter, passing under the M5 Bridge (at Junction 29). Then follow the above instructions ‘From the M5’.

From the West: Follow signposts towards Exeter centre. After crossing the River Exe near Exeter St Thomas rail station, join the A3015 (Frog Street). Follow the one-way system and then exit onto the B3212 (Magdalen Street) and follow the road as it veers left towards the roundabout. Take the third exit at the roundabout into Western Way, and at the next roundabout take the second exit onto Old Tiverton Road. St James’ Park and Stadium Way are located on your left.


Please note that owing to very limited parking at St James Park, there is no on-site parking for supporters at St James Park on matchdays. There may be very limited residential parking available locally. Please click here to view a map of car parks local to St James’ Park (please note that only red numbers are car parks on this external link).

By Rail:

The stadium is served by St James Park rail station, a few minutes’ walk from the ground. The station lies on the Avocet Line (First Great Western trains), which runs from Exeter St David’s to Exmouth, also calling at Exeter Central. The Exeter St David’s and Exeter Central stations connect the city to the other major cities across the UK.

By Plane:

Exeter International Airport is situated in Clyst Honiton, four miles from the city centre.

Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday's game by purchasing a Match Pass here

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @offiicialgtfc. There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.

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