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Match preview: City v Cheltenham Town

All you need to know ahead of Easter Monday's fixture at St James Park

2 April 2018

Exeter City will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Lincoln City on Good Friday when they host Cheltenham Town at St James Park on Easter Monday.

City were on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller on Friday, but in a pulsating match, which saw the Grecian hit the woodwork twice, manager Paul Tisdale insisted there were lots of positives to take into Monday's game.

"We came off the pitch very disappointed but our supporters clapped us off," said Tis. "They were pleased with what they saw and that gives me more energy and confidence going into the next game. So, come on, let’s get ready for Monday.”

Meanwhile Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson is calling for desire and commitment from his players ahead of their trip to Exeter.

"Exeter lost their last game so they are going to need to keep going and I am sure they will be up for it,” he said.

"They have got some quality players there, but I am looking forward to it because they are a decent team and Paul Tisdale has done great.

"We have got to make sure we spoil any party they want to have on the day. We are going there professionally to pick up three points." 

NO PITCH INSPECTION PLANNED

Despite heavy rain in the Exeter area on Easter Saturday and Sunday, the SJP pitch is holding up well and their is no inspection planned. We expect the game to be on and will inform fans, via social media and the club website, should that change.

TICKETS

The IP Office Stand is sold out for the match, meaning there is only standing tickets available in the Thatchers' Big Bank.

Tickets are available to purchase by clicking on the following link and then collecting your ticket from the ticket booth in red square. You can also buy tickets at the ground or pay cash on the turnstile. 

Information on ticket prices can be found here.

KIDS IN CHARGE DAY

Our match with Cheltenham Town is our annual Kids in Charge day. More than 20 youngsters will be shadowing key roles at SJP from 360 cameraman, match day reporter to master of ceremonies and junior chairman. You can find out more about our Kids in Charge day by clicking here.

HALF-PRICE SHIRT PRINTING

Half-price shirt printing is available in the club shop on Monday. The club shop will be open from 11am to 5pm. 

GROUND INFO 

Redevelopment Work: The away terrace and the Stagecoach Family Stand will not be open to supporters for Saturday’s game due to the redevelopment work at the club. All entry for home fans will be via the Stadium Way turnstiles into the IP Office Main Stand or the Thatchers' Big Bank.

There will be no entry possible from the Jungle Path/Well Street side on to the Thatchers' Big Bank. For more information read the following article.

FAMILY ZONE

The Junior Grecians family zone will be open to its members from 12.30pm on Monday and then to the general public, including away supporters, from 1.30pm. The zone has video consoles, large TV screens, a refreshments stall and table football.

The zone is located in Red Square. For more information on it read the following article.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

The Grecian, the club's official matchday programme, will be on sale around the ground and in the club shop for just £3. The issue has a feature interview with Matt Taylor as he discusses his role at the club and the excellent performances of the under-23 side this season. His former teammate Steve Tully takes on the first, best and worst quiz while there are all the usual features including an excellent poem from our Bard of ECFC Rob Casey.

MASCOTS

The mascots for today's game are as follows: Matthew Brown, Josh Carr, Tyler Williams, Daniel Williams, Isaac Tavender, Ashley Lake, Jamie Spinks, William Rozier, Sebastian Raleigh, Oliver Stephens-Copp, Archie Jones, Oliver Barwick and Ray Jones. You can read all their profiles on page 11 of the matchday programme.

If you would like to be a matchday mascot contact our operations manager Andy Gillard via email at andy.gillard@ecfc.co.uk.

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City 2 Cheltenham Town 1

Goals from Robbie Simpson and Jordan Storey give City all three points at St James Park

2 April 2018

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Exeter City kept up their push for promotion from Sky Bet League Two as they came from behind to beat Cheltenham Town 2-1 at St James Park.

Carl Winchester had given the away side the lead in the first half when he curled the ball in from distance, before City came back into it just before half-time through Robbie Simpson.

A combative second half saw the Grecians push to go ahead, and they did so when Jordan Storey popped up to head the ball home for Lloyd James' corner kick.

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City manager Paul Tisdale made two changes to the starting XI with Robbie Simpson making his first start of the season, and Craig Woodman coming into the side as the Grecians looked to get back to winning ways.

The Grecians started on the front foot, and after putting a couple of dangerous crosses in through the likes of Lloyd James and Hiram Boateng, they then created their first opportunity when the ball broke to Jake Taylor on the edge of the box, who shot just over Scott Flinders’ goal.

The away side were keen to disrupt the City midfield, making numerous fouls in the opening exchanges, but they created their first real chance when Pierce Sweeney was robbed of the ball in the Grecians’ half before the ball fell to Kevin Dawson, but his attempt edged wide Christy Pym’s goal.

The Grecians had Craig Woodman to thank just after the 15-minute mark when a Cheltenham counter-attack saw Mohamed Eisa dart down the left before pulling the ball back towards Nigel Atangana, but for the City left-back who made a vital interception as City cleared.

Atangana would have another chance just a couple of minutes later when the ball broke to him on the edge of the City box before his shot struck the crossbar.

An entertaining first 20 minutes then saw Pierce Sweeney curl an effort just over after initial good play from Jordan Storey who did well to keep a City corner alive.

A passage of good City play saw Simpson play a ball over the top first time to Jayden Stockley, who held the ball well for James whose cross found the onrushing Jordan Tillson, but his strong header was saved well by Flinders.

It was Gary Johnson’s side who would take the lead though, on 36 minutes, when Winchester found himself in space on the edge of the box before he curled a left-footed effort past Pym to give Town the advantage.

City weren’t behind for long though as they hit back on 42 minutes when good play on the right from Sweeney saw him cross towards the near post and Simpson was on hand to volley home to net his first of the season as the sides went into the break level.

Tisdale’s side created the first opportunity of the half when Boateng’s short free-kick was laid into the path of Dean Moxey, whose thumped effort curled narrowly away from goal.

Just after the hour mark Jerell Sellars was inches from putting Town ahead when he managed to work some space in the City box before curling an effort towards the far corner. Thankfully for City, though, his attempt could only find Pym’s right-hand post.

Boateng was next to have a chance for City, 15 minutes from time, when the ball fell to him on the right before he cut inside and had his shot deflected onto the crossbar as the Grecians pushed for a winner.

The City pressure eventually paid off when James’ corner was headed into the far corner by youngster Storey who claimed his second goal for the club.

The Grecians managed the remaining minutes well as they controlled possession, taking a vital three points in the race for promotion.

Exeter City: Pym, Sweeney, Woodman, James, Tillson, Simpson (Jay, 71), Stockley, Moxey, Taylor, Storey, Boateng

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

Booked:

Cheltenham Town: Flinders, Atangana, Dawson (Andrews, 83), Winchester (Pell, 45), Boyle, Sellars, Eisa, Morrell, Rodon, Moore, Chatzitheodoridis (Cranston, 83)

Subs not used: Lovett, Bower, Graham, Lloyd

Booked: Chatzitheodoridis

Attendance: 4,420 (Inc, 233, away)

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Back the boys against Cheltenham Town on Monday, April 2

IP Office Main Stand almost SOLD OUT

25 March 2018

City return to action at St James Park on Bank Holiday Monday, April 2 as they take on Cheltenham Town in a 3pm kick-off.

The Grecians superb 3-1 win against promotion-rivals Swindon Town meant that City moved to 5th in the league with a five point buffer over eighth place. City are now just 4 points off the automatic places with a game in hand.

Your support is crucial and makes all the difference as we enter the home stretch of the season, with all to play for.

Tickets:

The IP Office Main Stand has almost sold out with around 5 seats left as of Sunday, March 25. however, Standing tickets in the Thatchers' Big Bank, the largest standing terrace in the football league, for the match should still be available to purchase on the day, but again the club is advising that supporters buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, and to take advantage of advanced discounts.

To purchase tickets online, please click here. You can also call the club during the normal office hours on 01392 411 243 (option 3) or visit the club shop and reception in person between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your support.

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