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Match preview: City v Barnet

All you need to know about the Grecians match with Barnet on Saturday

29 December 2017

Exeter City will end 2017 with a home match against Barnet.

City go into the match sixth in the table after they dropped out of the automatic promotion places on Boxing Day when their game against Forest Green Rovers was abandoned at half-time with the scores level at 0-0.

However, manager Paul Tisdale is not getting too worried about their position in the table with half of the season still left to play.

"There are 20-plus games to go and it is about an overall points tally and it will be about what we gain from those 20-odd games," said Tis. “We have got a target that we would look to and we need a certain amount of points. So sometimes you have to avoid being too precious about where you sit in the league although it does help a lot with confidence and positivity. However, there is little you can do when your match is abandoned and other teams win. You are incapable of effecting the league.”

Meanwhile Barnet boss Mark McGhee is not looking to make too many changes ahead of their match with City having set on a good formation and formula.

“I think I am getting to a point now where I have a fairly clear picture of most of them,” said McGhee. “Some I think I might have over-estimated what they might do for us and some I might have under-estimated what they might do for us.

“However, now I am getting to the point where I have a measure of them and I can start to feel who are the most important 11 or 12 outfield players are and who should be in the team.

“Then, as we did on Tuesday, we put out a team that is in a shape as simple as it can be and that gets us the strengths in the team that we need defensively – and giving us a chance of punching back – and we did that with a 4-1-4-1.”

TICKETS

The IP Office Stand is sold out for the match against Barnet, meaning there is only standing tickets available in the Thatchers Big Bank. These can be purchased in advance, at a discounted rate, by clicking on the following link or by phoning 01392 411243.

You can also purchase tickets on the day of the game, as well as collect pre-purchased tickets, from the ticket booth in Red Square. You can also pay with cash on the turnstiles at the Thatchers Big Bank.

WEST BROM TICKETS

icket collection for our match with West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, January 6, will be available to collect from the ticket booth in Red Square prior to kick-off and for a short time after the match. Please note that ticket sales for the West Brom game will not be able to be processed by members of staff in the ticket booth on Saturday as they will be busy selling tickets for the game that day.

If you are community, bronze, silver or gold member or a season ticket holder and wish to purchase a ticket for the match against West Brom you can do so by clicking on the following link.

MATCHDAY SPONSOR

Thank you to our match and ball sponsor Crealy. Crealy Adventure Park is situated near Clyst St Mary on the outskirts of Exeter and is one of the best family days out in the South West. You can find out more about the theme park by clicking on the following link.

We have an extensive range of sponsorship opportunities for our remaining games this season. For more information, contact Jake Wood at Exeter City at jake.wood@ecfc.co.uk.

GROUND INFO

The away terrace and the Stagecoach Family Stand will not be open to supporters for the game due to 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 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 Saturday 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. For zone is located in Red Square. For more information on it read the following article

KIOSKS

Please note that the kiosk in the Junior Grecian family zone is open to fans during half-time. If fans from the IP Office stand wish to use these kiosks it will reduce the queues at the other vending points in the ground.

MASCOTS

There are nine mascots for the match against Barnet. They are as follows: Kai MacManus, Ryan Hawkins, Sunny Webber, Darcey, Caitlin and Sacha Peters, Louis Parker, Tommy James and Lukas Johnson. You can read their profiles on page 11 of the matchday programme.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Dean Moxey is the feature interview in Saturday’s programme. He talks about settling to life back in Exeter and what the dressing room is like now compared to his first time at the club.

There are all the usual features as well, including Peter Hatch taking on The Grecian’s first, best and worst quiz. You can pick up a copy of the programme for £3 from the club shop & reception and around the ground.

CLUB SHOP

The club shop will be open from 11am to 5pm on matchdays. The club shop is located in Red Square at the back of the IP Office Stand.

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City 2 Barnet 1

Jake Taylor's late goal seals the win for City

30 December 2017

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Jake Taylor's late goal sealed all three points for Exeter City as they beat Barnet 2-1 at St James Park in Sky Bet League Two to round off 2017.

Kane Wilson scored his first goal for the club as he put the Grecians ahead in the first-half, but a free-kick from Ryan Watson levelled things for Barnet, who looked dangerous throughout.

But Taylor stepped up excellently to seal the win for City and score the Grecians' 100th goal in all competitions in 2017.

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Paul Tisdale made one change from Boxing Day’s abandoned match with Forest Green Rovers as Matt Jay made his first league start of the season in place of Ryan Harley.

City’s first chance of the match came just three minutes in when Taylor did well to intercept and drive at the Barnet defence. Despite having Jayden Stockley and Jay in good positions, the midfielder decided to go for goal but dragged his shot just wide.

But the visitors also threatened in the first 10 minutes and almost went ahead through Jack Taylor. Good work from Jamal Campbell-Ryce saw him cross well towards the far post, and with Taylor coming in late his volley was wide of Christy Pym’s goal.

City then created two excellent opportunities in quick succession but were denied by some determined Barnet defending. After Stockley’s good turn and shot was blocked, Jay then had an effort on the goal line denied by Craig Ross and his defenders as the away side kept the score level.

In an end-to-end half, Pym was then called into action as he denied John Akinde from rounding off a well worked move. After the forward did well to get behind the City defence following some good one touch football, the Grecians’ keeper was quick off his line to deny the striker.

Just before the 30 minute-mark, Taylor had another opportunity for the visitors when he burst down the right from a long ball, but from a tight angle, his effort flashed wide of Pym’s goal.

But moments later City were ahead after good pressing up front. After Hiram Boateng’s cross was kept alive by Stockley, who teed up Wilson, the youngster curled a brilliant effort with his left foot into the far corner of the goal to give the Grecians the lead and score his first for the club.

But Mark McGhee’s Barnet side continued to threaten and went very close to levelling the match on 40 minutes when Shaquile Coulthirst found space at the back post and fired into a body of players, but thankfully for City, Jordan Moore-Taylor was on hand to clear off the line.

City were given another sight of Ross’ goal a few minutes before half-time when Stockley’s flick into the path of Jay found him with just the Barnet keeper to beat, but the City forward could only fire straight at Ross as the Grecians took a one-goal advantage into the break.

Tisdale’s side started the second half brightly and dominated possession. They created a good chance when Boateng had a shot blocked from close range moments before Jay was denied after he latched onto Stockley’s header, but the youngster could only volley straight at Ross.

But the visitors continued to commit players forward as they looked for a way back into the match. They worked two good chances around the hour mark with Coulthirst having his shot blocked wide for a corner before Andre Blackman saw his header edge just over, despite being offside.

That pressure paid off when the away side were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box on 69 minutes. Ryan Watson then stepped up to hit an excellent free-kick over the City wall leaving Pym with little chance of saving.

The Grecians continued to look for a winner and went close on 80 minutes through Taylor. After being allowed space in front of the Barnet back four he shot from the edge of the box but had his effort blocked well for a City corner.

Moments later City created a scramble in the Barnet area and the ball eventually fell to Taylor whose drilled effort was inches wide of Ross’ goal as another chance went begging for the Grecians.

But it was the away side who would go closest next when Campbell-Ryce had a speculative effort from the right-hand side loop over Pym and bounce off the City crossbar and away.

As time ticked on and the Grecians pushed for a winner and the fourth official awarded four minutes of injury time. And City fired themselves ahead just one minute after the 90 when a long ball into the box eventually fell to Taylor made no mistake, this time, as his shot flew low past Ross and in.

That was enough for the Grecians as they held out the remainding moments to claim the victory and end the year on a high note.

Exeter City: Pym, Tillson, Holmes (McAlinden, 76), Stockley, Moore-Taylor, Seaborne, Jay (Harley, 64), Moxey, Wilson, Taylor, Boateng (Archibald-Henville, 90+4)

Subs not used: Hamon, Woodman, James, Archibald-Henville, Edwards

Booked: Moxey

Barnet: Ross, Clough, Santos, Watson, Akinde (Nicholls, 84), Campell-Ryce, Coulthirst, Taylor, Fonguck (Akinola, 60), Vilhete, Blackman

Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, Brindley, Nelson, Tutonda, Nicholls, Sweeney

Booked:

Attendance: 3,869 (Inc, 124, away)

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Get behind the Grecians for one final time in 2017

City take on Barnet in final league match of 2017

28 December 2017

This Saturday is your final chance to come and get behind the Grecians at St James Park in 2017.

City take on Barnet in a 3pm kick-off and will be looking to make it win number 28 in all competitions in 2017. The Grecians sit on 98 goals scored so far in 2017 in all competitions and will be looking to take that total closer to 100...

The IP Office Main Stand has once more sold out, but there could be a chance that more tickets will be available, should the Bees not take their full allocation - watch this space.

If you haven't tried it before then why not stand in the Thatchers' Big Bank, the largest standing terrace in the football league. Tickets 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.

Collections for West Brom FA Cup tickets will be available before the match and shortly after the final whistle.

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