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The Opposition: Exeter City

We take an in-depth look at Exeter City, ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Matt Taylor’s side

19 October 2018

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Matt Taylor

Grimsby Town will target three league wins on the bounce for just the third time since their EFL return in 2016 as they welcome Exeter City to Blundell Park on Saturday (3pm).

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Michael Jolley’s side picked up victories against Carlisle United and Port Vale before last weekend’s clash with Mansfield Town was postponed.

And the Mariners will be hoping to continue in that same vein of form as they host Matt Taylor’s side this weekend.

But the Grecians – who are second-place – are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, and will prove a tough test for Town as they look to continue to put pressure on league leaders Lincoln City.

Taylor’s side have had a great start to the 2018-19 campaign as they look to finally gain promotion after two successive play-off final defeats.

They have won eight, drawn three, and lost two, as they sit on 27 points – four behind Danny Cowley’s side.

Last five league results

Grimsby Town: L, L, L, W, W

Exeter City: W, D, W, D, W

Transfer activity
The Grecians brought in eight new faces to St James Park this summer, following the departure of manager Paul Tisdale after 12 years, as new boss Taylor aimed to gain promotion to Sky Bet League One in his first season in the hot seat.

Their key signings include experienced centre-forward Jonathan Forte from Notts County, Bradford City midfielder Nicky Law, defender Aaron Martin from Oxford United, and Gillingham forward Lee Martin.

Taylor also utilised the loan market as he brought in West Brom centre-half Dara O’Shea, winger Chiedozie Ogbene from Brentford, and Norwich City striker Tristan Abrahams.

One to watch: Jayden Stockley

The striker has scored nine goals in 13 league appearances so far this season, making him League Two’s top goalscorer – one ahead of Tranmere Rovers centre-forward James Norwood.

The 25-year-old has scored 28 goals in 54 league appearances for the Grecians, since he signed for an undisclosed fee from Aberdeen last summer.

The 6ft3ins striker scored in both league games against Town last season – as the Mariners lost 2-0 away, and 1-0 at home, and he will be hoping to find the net against Town again this weekend.

Tickets are still available for this weekend’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Exeter City.

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