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Exeter Preview - The Grecians are next at the EnviroVent Stadium

26 August 2021



After Tuesday's impressive 2-0 win on the road at Leyton Orient, Town are back on home turf and looking to extend their 100% record at the start of the season that sees them sitting in third place.


Saturday's opponents are Exeter City, who make the long journey North looking to build on their first win of the season last time out against Bristol Rovers.

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Our opponents

The Grecians comprehensive 4-0 win last Saturday was their first of the campaign as well as the first time they have found the net after two goalless draws and a defeat in their opening three matches.

City narrowly missed the playoffs in 2020/21 having been in contention for the vast majority of the season meaning the current season is their tenth consecutive one in League Two.

They bolstered their squad over the summer, adding the likes of George Ray from Tranmere and Timothee Dieng from Southend. as well as bringing in Owura Edwards and Padraig Amond on loan for the campaign.

They did however lose key forward Ryan Bowman to Shrewsbury, Joel Randall to Peterborough and Lewis Page who joined Town's ranks in the summer window.

Last season

Town had the upper hand between thew two sides last season, winning away at St James Park in December thanks to a winner 15 minutes from time from Jack Muldoon before ten-man Town held out for a goalless draw at The Envirovent Stadium in the return fixture after Warren Burrell had been sent off.



Ones to watch

The key man for the Town defence to watch out for this weekend will undoubtedly be Matt Jay who has begun where left off last season by netting twice so far this time around.

Forward Jevani Brown has also started the season in fine form, chipping in with two assists in the win against Bristol Rovers.

The back three of Alex Hartridge, Pierce Sweeney and George Ray will also provide a stiff test for a Town attack that is average over two goals per game this season.

The man in charge

Matt Taylor is the current man at the helm at St James Park, having taken over from long-time boss Paul Tisdale in 2018 for his first managerial position.

Taylor was a former Exeter player, making 160 appearances between 2007 and 2011, as well as turning out for Charlton and Cheltenham.

History

Throughout their history the club have always competed in the lower tiers of English football, winning a Fourth Division title in 1990 under Terry Cooper.

More recently, after suffering from financial problems the club were relegated to the Conference in 2003, where they spent five seasons before a playoff final win over Cambridge United saw the restore their status as a Football League club.

They then made it two promotions on the bounce when a second placed finish took them into League One.

After a brief spell in League One, the club were relegated back to League Two in 2012 where they have remained since, making the playoffs on a number of occasions including last the 2019/20 season where they were defeated by Northampton in the final.

Team news

Town head into the game with no injury worries and a squad full of confidence after their winning start to the 2021/22 campaign.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture are on sale now online through the below link, and are available from our Commercial Street Store during the week.

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Tickets will be available online up until midnight on Friday 27th August at our advanced reduced rate, £2 cheaper than matchday prices.

On Saturday 28st August, tickets will be on sale from 9am until kick-off in our ticket office at The EnviroVent Stadium.

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