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07 April 2018 Venue The Abbey Stadium Attendance

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"It will be a tough challenge but we have to back ourselves and be bold"

Tis looks ahead to Saturday's visit to Cambridge United

5 April 2018

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says his players are looking forward to the promotion run-in with six games of the season to go.

The Grecians sit five points outside the automatic promotion places with a game in hand over third-placed Wycombe Wanderers, so the pressure is building. However, Tis says it is something the team is enjoying, having won three out of their last four matches. 

“We are looking forward to what is coming,” he said. “What has gone has gone and we have got a lot to play for. We are in a good place, we need to win games and we have to hope those around us drop points, of course, but we can only affect the six games that we do have.” 

First up it is Cambridge United away – a team that has only lost four games at home all season – followed by a trip to table-topping Accrington Stanley. 

“It will be a tough challenge,” said Tis. “We are going to take it one game at a time and we are the stage of the season where anything can happen. Anybody can beat anybody and we have to back ourselves, be bold and have positive, purposeful attitude going into these games.”

Ryan Harley, Lee Holmes and Troy Brown all remain doubts for Saturday’s fixture at the Abbey Stadium but, having welcomed Robbie Simpson back into the starting XI during Monday’s win against Cheltenham, City squad is getting stronger at a crucial time in the campaign.

“(Ryan) Harley, (Lee) Holmes and Troy Brown are making good progress,” said Tis.  “We are hoping that sooner or later – it maybe this weekend – they will come into the reckoning. However, I would say it is very much the same as last week and maybe one of those will pop onto the bench if they get close enough but we are into a situation where you have got to play it safe and they are not yet 100 per cent fit.

“However, we have got good competition for places and, as any manager will tell you, 60 or 70 minutes into a game having the ability to make changes, with the flexibility and capacity of your bench, makes a big difference.

“So, okay, maybe the team deserves to keep its place (from Monday’s win over Cheltenham), but Kane Wilson played very well at Lincoln (on Good Friday) and I made a change. So, it doesn’t always go that way and I have to say it is not 100 per cent that those players who played on Monday will keep their place. However, we have got six games to go and I need as many players fit as possible. So, competition for places is important.” 

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Cambridge United 2 City 3

Grecians leave it late to take all three points on the road

7 April 2018

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Exeter City came from behind to beat Cambridge United 3-2 at the Abbey Stadium in Sky Bet League Two.

After falling behind to a Jabo Ibehre goal in the first half, the Grecians rallied to level through Jayden Stockley's header.

The home side then went in front again after a wonderful finish from George Maris, but after Matt Jay scored his first league goal for the club, Jake Taylor was on hand to round off the comeback late on to ensure the Grecians keep up their hopes for automatic promotion.

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Paul Tisdale named an unchanged side from the Grecians’ 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday as City looked to continue their push for promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

In a half arguably dominated by the home side, they were the first to threaten when George Maris drove at the City backline before dragging a shot just wide of goal.

It was clear that United had a game-plan, often looking to test City in the air with some dangerous crosses, and with the Grecians conceding a number of first half corners, United looked to use their height and strength to their advantage.

The home side created two good chances in quick succession just before the 20-minute mark when the ball found its way to David Amoo at the far post, before he had his effort blocked well by Jordan Storey for a corner.

Greg Taylor then saw his header, which seemed destined for the far corner, turned away superbly by Christy Pym in the City goal.

The Grecians, who struggled to create many clear-cut chances in the opening 45 minutes, had their best attempt on 26 minutes when Stockley crossed well for Robbie Simpson, but his header was kept out well by David Forde as the scores remained level.

But the United pressure continued into the closing stages of the half, and the home side took the lead through Ibehre on 42 minutes. Despite Dean Moxey making an initial tackle on Jevani Brown, the ball broke to Bradley Halliday, who crossed low for the Cambridge number 14 who finished coolly past Pym, leaving City trailing at the break.

City started the second-half looking much more dangerous going forward through the likes of Hiram Boateng, as well as Jay, who was introduced at half-time.

The Grecians struck level just before the hour mark when Boateng was played in down the left-hand side before keeping his cool and picking out Stockley with a wonderful cross, and the City top scorer made no mistake as he headed home past Forde.

In a good spell City created two more good chances, the first after good hold-up play from Stockley, who teed up Taylor, but his effort was well blocked. The City number 25 then got down the right-hand side before pulling the ball back for Boateng, but his effort was saved well by the United keeper.

Despite the City pressure it was the home side who would find the net next when Maris found space on the edge of the box before curling an exquisite effort into the top corner past Pym.

With the Grecians now pushing forward looking to level again, they left themselves vulnerable on the counter-attack, and they almost fell further behind when Jevani Brown cut in before cannoning an effort off the crossbar.

But City continued to come forward and levelled again when Jay was alive in the box after Taylor’s initial shot, and he poked the ball home to score.

Just two minutes later the Grecians found themselves ahead after more good play going forward. After Jay’s initial header on target was blocked from close range, Taylor was on hand to slide the ball in at the far post to complete the comeback.

After numerous stoppages in the second half, the referee awarded no less than 10 additional minutes, and credit to City as they defended excellently to ensure they held onto a vital three points.

Cambridge United: Forde, Halliday, Carroll, Deegan, Taylor (Legge, 88), Dunk, Taft, Ibehre (Corr, 54), Maris, Amoo (Davies, 82), Brown

Subs not used: Mitov, Waters, O’Neil, Lewis

Booked:

Exeter City: Pym, Sweeney, Woodman (Wilson, 78), James, Tillson, Simpson (Jay, 45), Stockley, Moxey, Taylor, Storey, Boateng (Croll, 90+2)

Subs not used: Jones, Archibald-Henville, Brunt, Loft

Booked:

Attendance: 4,054 (390, away)

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Away Tickets: Cambridge United (April 7)

14 March 2018

Tickets are now on sale for City's trip to the Abbey Stadium to face Cambridge United on Saturday, April 7 in a 3pm kick-off.

To buy tickets online please click here. You can also call the club during the normal office hours on 01392 411243 or visit the club shop & reception in person between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Ticket prices for the away fans in the South Habbin Terrace

  • Adult (22-64): £16
  • 64/NUS Student/Young Adult 18-21)*: £12
  • Under-18: £8
  • Under-12: £5
  • Under-5: FOC

Advance Discounts? Yes, there is a £2 increase on the day.

Ambulant Disabled supporters: Pay the age related price with the carer going free

Wheelchair: £15 and carer free of charge, must contact CUFC on 01223 566 500 to purchase.

Matchday Purchase available? YES

Grecian Travel: The supporters coach to the Abbey Stadium departs at 7:30am and is £32 per person. Please click here to find out more. 

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