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City v Chelsea under-21s

All you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's Checkatrade.com Trophy clash with Chelsea under-21s

28 November 2017

Exeter City host Chelsea under-21s on Tuesday night needing a victory to progress to the knockout stages of the Checkatrade.com Trophy.

The Grecians opened up their Checkatrade.com campaign with a 3-1 loss at home to Yeovil Town but a much-improved performance at Home Park on October 3 saw City draw 2-2 with Plymouth Argyle.

City lost the penalty shootout but the point they gained means it is still possible for them to qualify for the knockout stages. They need to beat Chelsea under-21s and hope that Plymouth Argyle lose away at Yeovil Town. Added to that City need a three-goal swing in their favour.

TICKETS 

Tickets are on sale for City's final Checkatrade Trophy group match, against Chelsea under-21s on Tuesday, November 28 at St James Park.

There is no priority window, or advanced discounts. Season ticket seats are not being held, meaning the IP Office Main Stand is first come, first served.

You can purchase tickets online at tickets.ecfc.co.uk, in person at - by calling into the reception at St James Park between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday or at least three hours before kick-off and after full-time on home matchdays - or by phoning Exeter City on 01392 411 243 and pressing option 3.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Big Bank:
Adults: £10
Seniors: £8
Student: £8
Under-18s: £3

IP Office Main Stand:
Adults: £12
Seniors: £10
Students: £10
Under-18s £4

MATCHDAY SPONSORS

Thank you to our match sponsors Haine Watts and our ball sponsors RGB Building Supplies. Haines Watts have offices throughout the UK, and can help with tax matters, accountancy services, general business services/advice, VAT, corporate finance and financing. You can find out more information about Haines Watts here.

RGB Building Supplies was originally established in 1850 as a timber importing business operating out of Rolle Quay, Barnstaple as Rawle Gammon & Baker. The company has since grown into one of the leading independent family owned builders merchants in the South West employing over 300 staff. You can find out more information about RGB Building Supplies here

GROUND INFO

Redevelopment work: The away terrace and the Stagecoach Family Stand will not be open to supporters for Saturday's 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 5.45pm on Tuesday and then to the general public, including away supporters, from 7.45pm. 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

MASCOTS

Benny Taylor, Noah Taylor and Daisy Haywood are our mascots for tonight's match. You can read their profiles on page 21 of the matchday programme. 

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

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City 1 Chelsea under-21s 3

City out of Checkatrade Trophy

28 November 2017

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Exeter City crashed out of the Checkatrade Trophy with a 3-1 defeat at home to Chelsea under-21's.

Despite an early goal from Reuben Reid, the Grecians were pegged back by the blues' youngsters who levelled through Callum Hudson-Odoi, before Reece James and Josh Grant sealed the win for the away side.

City boss Paul Tisdale rang the changes for the Grecians in a competition where he has frequently given fringe players opportunities to impress. In fact, Kane Wilson was the only starter from City’s 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley at the weekend that retained their place in the starting line-up.

Despite the blues controlling much of the possession in the early stages, it was City who took the lead on seven minutes.

After working a throw-in well on the right-hand side, Kane Wilson delivered an excellent cross to the head of Reid, who made no mistake with his finish as he gave the Grecians the advantage.

Chelsea’s first real chance came on the 20-minute mark, with the likes of Jordan Storey and Craig Woodman doing well to hold off the talented youngsters. But after Dujon Sterling did well on the right to cross, Kylian Hazard’s header edged wide of James Hamon’s post.

As the visitors continued to dominate the ball, Callum Hudson-Odoi had a good opportunity for the away side on 28 minutes, but after being played in down the left-hand side between the City defence, the forward was unable to find the target as he shot well over.

But the tricky forward then pounced on a City defensive mistake seconds later when Woodman’s header back towards Hamon was intercepted by Hudson-Adoi, and he made no mistake that time as he drew the away side level.

Hudson-Adoi then had the chance to put Chelsea ahead on 36 minutes when he charged down Storey’s pass and darted towards goal, but credit to Hamon, who did well to narrow the angle as he made the save from the forward.

The blues continued to press on, only creating half chances, with the City backline majorly doing well to resist the pressure. Meanwhile, the Grecians would often look to use the pace of Kyle Edwards and Jack Sparkes to break forward but were unable to fashion any real chances at Marcin Bulka’s goal going into the break.

Both sides struggled to create chances in the opening period of the second half, until on 56 minutes Chelsea almost took the lead through Reece James. After a corner was kept alive and helped back into the City box, defender James at the far post could only direct his header at the woodwork.

Alex Byrne had City’s first chance of the half on 65 minutes from a free-kick on the edge of the box. The midfielder’s low effort took a wicked deflection but couldn’t outwit Bulka as the Chelsea keeper saved and retained the ball.

Moments later, Reid was presented with another chance from close range after good work on the right from Archie Collins who crossed well, but the City forward couldn’t divert his effort on target as he shot over.

The Grecians were then made to pay just seconds after their chance when Chelsea went up the other end to win a corner which resulted in Reece James nodding in from the edge of the six-yard box to give Joe Edwards’ side the lead.

Substitute Martel Taylor-Crossdale then went close to adding another for the away side when he got space and drove at the City defence before shooting wide from edge of the box.

As Tisdale made his three substitutions, giving minutes to the likes of Harley Dean, Josh Randall and Alex Hartridge they continued to look for a way back into the match.

But it was Chelsea who would find the next goal to take full control of the match when Josh Grant found space in the City box to head in despite Hamon’s best attempts to keep the ball out.

That away side then saw the game out comfortably as the Grecians depart the competition.

Exeter City: Hamon, Woodman, Harley (Hartridge, 45) Jay, Wilson (Dean, 61), Byrne, Collins, Edwards, Sparkes (Randall, 61), Reid, Storey

Subs not used: Pym, McAlinden, Kite, Key

Booked:

Chelsea under-21's: Bulka, Christie-Davies (Taylor-Crossdale, 60), Sammut, Hazard (St Clair, 75), Chalobah, Grant, Maddox, Nartey, James, Sterling, Hudson-Odoi

Subs not used: Colley, Dasilva, Cumming

Booked:

Attendance: 1,294 (Inc, 95, away)

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🎟 Chelsea under-21s at the Park tonight

City's final Checkatrade Trophy group match

28 November 2017

Tickets are on sale for City's final Checkatrade Trophy group match, against Chelsea under-21s on Tuesday, November 28 at St James Park.

There is no priority window, or advanced discounts. Season ticket seats are not being held, meaning the IP Office Main Stand is first come, first served.

You can purchase tickets online at tickets.ecfc.co.uk, in person at - by calling into the reception at St James Park between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday or at least three hours before kick-off and after full-time on home matchdays - or by phoning Exeter City on 01392 411 243 and pressing option 3.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Big Bank:
Adults: £10
Seniors: £8
Student: £8
Under-18s: £3

IP Office Main Stand:
Adults: £12
Seniors: £10
Students: £10
Under-18s £4

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