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14 July 2017 Venue Twerton Park Attendance

Kick off 19:30 (UK)

Bath City
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Exeter City FC
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Bath City v Exeter City

Grecians to get their pre-season underway with trip to Twerton Park

11 July 2017

Exeter City will have the chance to win their first trophy of the new season when they play Bath City on Friday night.

The trip to Twerton Park, which is the first of five pre-season games for the Grecians, will have a slight competitive edge to the fixture as both clubs will be playing for the Brian Lomax SD Cup.

The cup has been created to honour the supporter ownership model in football.

Brian Lomax is considered to be the father of the supporter ownership model and Bath City, who have recently been taken over by their supporters' trust will face, in Exeter City, a club that has been successfully supporter-owned since 2003.  

As it is the first of the pre-season matches for City, Paul Tisdale is likely to name different starting XIs for both the first and second halves to give as many players as possible game time.

Bath, managed by former Sunderland midfielder Gary Owers, play in the National League South and finished ninth last season. 

City have only ever been to Twerton Park for a competitive fixture once before and that came in November 1957 when Bath recorded a shock 2-1 over the Grecians in the FA Cup first round before going on to lose to Yeovil Town in the following round.

Entry prices are £8 for adults, £6 concessions and £2 for children.

The match kicks-off at 7.30pm, but there will be plenty else going on around the ground as well so turn up early for Chai Walla amazing Indian street food, Three Daggers Craft Brewery Beer Bus and music outside Charlie's Bar. 

All away fans are very welcome in Bath City's bar before and after the match which serves real ale and has BT Sport.

There will also be a fans' penalty shoot-out at half-time to decide the cup winner in the event of a drawn game Friday night. 

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Match Reports

Bath City 0 Exeter City 2

City win Brian Lomax Cup thanks to goals from Jake Taylor and Ryan Harley

14 July 2017

Goals from Jake Taylor and Ryan Harley were enough to see Exeter City win the Brian Lomax Cup as they recorded a 2-0 pre-season win over Bath City.

The trophy, named after the father of the supporter trust movement, was competed for by Exeter, who have been supporter-owned since 2003, and Bath who have recently seen their fans take charge of the club.

City manager Paul Tisdale named three teenagers in the starting XI with Archie Collins, Jack Sparkes and Ben Seymour all given chance to impress.

And the Grecians started the match brightly with Collins finding Matt Jay who had a shot from 12 yards well held by Bath keeper Matt Cafer. However, Cafer was left motionless moments later as Seymour rose at the near post to glance a header across goal and wide.

Jay and Jordan Moore-Taylor then both sent headers on target before the lively 16-year-old Sparkes hit a half-volley from 30 yards out that flew just past the left-hand post.

However, as the game approached the half hour mark chances in front of goal dwindled. Ryan Brunt, on trial with City during pre-season, replaced Seymour to have a 15-minute run-out in a red and white. But it was the home side who ended the half on top with Billy Murphy having a shot from 20 yards out that, in truth, never looked like troubling Pym.

Tis made 11 changes at the break as Reuben Reid and Liam McAlinden started the second half up front and trialist Jack Barthram started at right-back.

It was Bath who had a golden opportunity to take the lead five minutes into the second half though as Luke Croll brought down George Rigg in the box. Croll had initially blocked a good effort from Nick McCootie but, charging down George Rigg’s follow up, he caught the player and the referee pointed to the spot. Thankfully for City though, Hamon dived to his left and got two strong hands to Billy Murphy’s poorly-taken penalty.

McCootie then had a close-range effort saved by Hamon just past the hour mark before City started to get on top of the match.

The breakthrough goal came in the 73rd minute as Taylor played a ball into McAlinden on the edge of the box and the former Wolves man produced a neat flick to play the ball back to Taylor who then slid a shot across Cafer and into the net.

Taylor then should have had a second two minutes later as he fired a low Reid cross towards goal, but Cafer dived across his line superbly to block. City did double their lead moments later though as Barthram chipped a ball for Harley to volley home from 10 yards out.

City continued to press forward and Bath substitute, Will Christopher, had to stick out a leg to stop Taylor’s effort, which was half-blocked by Cafer, from bobbling its way over the goal line. Then McAlinden did well to tee-up Reid, despite being tripped in the box, but his strike partner's shot was straight at Cafer.

City, first-half: Pym; Sweeney, Brown, Moore-Taylor, Woodman; Collins, Byrne, Tillson, Sparkes; Jay, Seymour (Brunt, 30). Second-half: Hamon; Barthram, Archibald-Henville, Croll, Hartridge; Harley, James, Smallcombe, Taylor; McAlinden, Reid

Bath City: Carfer; Simpson, Ball (Misso, 68), Welch-Hayes; Straker; Diallo, Ajala, Murphy, Watkins (Hunter, 73); Jarvis, Lucas. Subs: Morgan, Rigg, McCootie, Bennett, Forster, Christopher. 

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