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Match preview: City v Yeovil Town

All you neeed to know about tonight's match

29 August 2017

Exeter City start their 2017/18 Checkatrade.com Trophy campaign at home to Yeovil Town tonight.

The Grecians will be looking to do better than last season when they were knocked out of the group stage of the competition after finishing behind Swindon Town and Oxford United.

This season Paul Tisdale's team have been drawn in a group that includes Chelsea under-21s, who visit the Park on November 28, and Plymouth Argyle, with City's match at Home Park taking place on October 3.

Manager Paul Tisdale is likely to make a number of changes to the team in a bid to give some of the players on the fringes of the starting XI some match action.

Speaking about the match, Tis said: "The conditions for the team that you need to pick are more involved this year but it gives more opportunity to others. I am looking forward to the game because as you saw, on Saturday, that I put Robbie Simpson on. He is not quite ready yet to be playing 90 minutes but we were 2-0 up, he was there and I was so desperate for him to get back on the pitch because it is about the strength, the health and the well-being of the whole squad. That is what we have to work through the rest of the season with. It is not just about the starting XI and Tuesday 

"He is not quite ready yet to be playing 90 minutes but we were 2-0 up, he was there and I was so desperate for him to get back on the pitch because it is about the strength, the health and the well-being of the whole squad. That is what we have to work through the rest of the season with. It is not just about the starting XI and Tuesday night will be another opportunity and

"That is what we have to work through the rest of the season with. It is not just about the starting XI and Tuesday night will be another opportunity and indication of that it is more than about just 11 players.

"There will be one or two coming on and playing on Tuesday who need to play to be in touching distance of the first team."

If the match ends in a draw there will be a penalty shoot out and an extra point given to the winner of that contest. 

Tickets for the match against Yeovil Town are still on sale and can be purchased via the following link or by phoning 01392 411243. Tickets can also be purchased via the ticket booth in Red Square prior to kick-off.

Ticket prices are as follows - Thatchers Big Bank

Adult: £10
Over 64s/students: £8
Under-18s: £3
Designated area: £8

IP Office Main Stand

Adult: £12
Over 64s/students: £10
Under-18s: £4
Designated area £10

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.

The Grecian is back for issue four of the season with all the latest news from St James Park. The 32-page programme, reduced in size for tonight's game, is available at a reduced price of just £2.

New Junior Grecians Family Zone

The new Junior Grecians family zone will be open to its members from 5.30pm on Tuesday and then to the general public from 6.30pm. 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.  

The club shop will be open all day and will stay open four around half an hour after the final whistle on  and will be selling our new Flybe-inspired third kit. The club shop is located in Red Square, at the back of the IP Office Stand.

BUCKET COLLECTION

The bucket collection on Tuesday night is for See Ability.

SeeAbility is a 200-year-old registered UK charity that supports people with sight loss and multiple disabilities, including learning and physical disabilities, mental health difficulties, acquired brain injury and life-limiting conditions. The charity provide specialist support enabling people to develop the skills and make the choices they want, to enjoy a fulfilling life with as much independence as possible.

The charity also share their expert knowledge to raise awareness and improve eye care for people with learning disabilities, acting as the national voice on behalf of children and adults with sight loss and multiple disabilities.

MATCHDAY COMMENTARY

As BBC Radio Devon will not be covering tonight's match there will be no matchday commentary through the iFollow service. However, City's soccersight team will be providing matchday commentary from the game which you will be able to follow from 7.40pm through the club website. 

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Match Reports

Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 3

29 August 2017

Jack Sparkes scored his first senior goal for Exeter City in what was an otherwise disappointing night for the Grecians as they lost 3-1 at home to Yeovil Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.

City manager Paul Tisdale made six changes to the starting line-up, with Jack Sparkes getting his first competitive start in a Grecians shirt while Alex Byrne, Matt Jay and James Hamon also picked up their first starts of the 2017/18 season.

However, City manager Paul Tisdale was forced into another change after five minutes when Luke Croll was caught by a late challenge from Jordan Green and stretchered off. That meant Harry Kite was given an earlier than expected debut at left-back.

City then enjoyed a good 20-minute spell in the match when they really should have taken the lead. First Jake Taylor tested former Grecian and Yeovil Town keeper Artur Krysiak with a half volley at the back post. 

Reid then hit an effort just over before Jake Gray sent a left-footed volley just wide for the visitors. However, it was still the hosts who were impressing. It was good closing down from Matt Jay that created the next chance as he stole the ball off Bevis Mugabi before pulling a pass back for Reid to have a goalbound effort deflect behind for a corner.

It was the visitors who were to end the half on top though as Sam Surridge went close twice – one effort being superbly blocked by Troy Brown as it looked destined for the back of the net – and Green also shooting just wide from distance. 

It was the visitors who kept that momentum going into the second half as good pressure from Jordan Green saw him steal the ball off Troy Archibald-Henville in the box. Hamon came to close him down but the Yeovil attacker did well to move the ball on to Surridge who fired home.

City hit back as Jay then fired a shot into the side netting before Holmes crossed for Reid to glance a header wide.

However, Yeovil proved clinical on the counter-attack. First Otis Khan played in Browne who slid a shot past Hamon to make it 2-0. Then Khan broke down the left before firing from an acute angle to further stretch the visitors’ advantage.

Sparkes briefly gave City some hope of a comeback when he headed an Alex Byrne cross home at the back post, but when Archibald-Henville’s header was cleared off the line City’s chances of a remarkable comeback – like the one they staged against Yeovil in their last league meeting at St James Park – started to fade.

City: Hamon; Taylor, Brown, Moore-Taylor (James, 58), Croll (Kite, 7); Sparkes, Archibald-Henville, Byrne, Holmes; Jay, Reid (McAlinden, 64). Subs not used: Pym, Woodman, Tillson, Key.

Booked: Archibald-Henville, Moore-Taylor, James

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Alfei (Nelson, 85), Mugabi, Smith, James; Green, Bailey (Santos, 45), Gray, Khan; Surridge, Olomola (Browne, 39). Subs: Maddison, Davies, Dickson.

Booked: Green, Browne, Surridge, Khan

Attendance: 1,509

Away: 159

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Exeter City Checkatrade Trophy game dates and ticket prices

19 July 2017

The dates for Exeter City’s Checkatrade Trophy games have been set.

The Grecians will host Yeovil Town at St James Park on Tuesday, August 29, before travelling to Home Park on Tuesday, October 3. The final game of the group stage will see City host Chelsea under-21s at St James Park on Tuesday, November 28. All games kick-off at 7.45pm.

The admission prices for the game at Plymouth Argyle have yet to be finalized, but the prices for the games at St James Park are as follows:

Thatchers Big Bank

Adult: £10

Over 64s/students: £8

Under-18s: £3

Designated area: £8

IP Office Main Stand

Adult: £12

Over 64s/students: £10

Under-18s: £4

Designated area £10

These are the matchday prices and there will be no advanced purchase discount. Tickets for the Yeovil Town match are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking on the following link. Tickets for the Chelsea game will be on sale from October 1. 

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