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13 April 2019 Venue St James Park Attendance

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Match Previews

📝 Match preview: City v Port Vale

A look ahead to Saturday's match at St James Park.

12 April 2019

Exeter City return to St James Park looking to get back to winning ways when they welcome Port Vale to Devon.

The Grecians go into the match following a late defeat in midweek to Macclesfield Town and they’ll be looking to strengthen their grip on a place in this season’s play-offs.

Ahead of the match, manager Matt Taylor said: “We need a reaction. It’s another opportunity, we’ve got five opportunities left, starting with Port Vale at the weekend but it’s a game we want to look forward to. People talk about pressure, but that’s why we’re in this business, that’s why people train and work as hard as they do, for moments like this.”

LAST TIME WE MET

The sides last met back in September 2018 when Nicky Law put the Grecians ahead at Vale Park. Despite it looking like City would go on to see out the win they were dealt a killer blow when Idris Kanu put the ball in from close range in the 97th minute of the match.

TICKET NEWS

Your support in the run-in makes a huge difference, so why not save time and money by buying tickets in advance?

Tickets are on sale at advance prices until 5pm in person and midnight online, on Friday, April 12.

You can book online via Mobile, tablet or desktop by visiting: tickets.ecfc.co.uk or by calling: 01392 411 243 or by visiting the club shop/reception at St James Park.

Ticket prices are as follows; advance tickets are available up to the day before the match.

 

MATCH DAY PROGRAMME

In the latest edition of The Grecian, Donovan Wilson speaks at length about how he has bedded into life at Exeter City and discusses the benefits of going on loan. You can also read our regular features such as City by number and League Two greats and local journalists Alan Richardson and Matt Bamsey cast their eye over the end of season run in. For junior fans, be sure to take part in our quiz section with features such as spot the ball and scramble city.

MATCH DAY ACTIVITIES

Matchday timetable

Take a look below to familiarise yourself with the key matchday timings here at St James Park.

Junior Grecians Lounge

The Junior Grecians are the Official Junior Supporters Club of Exeter City FC and its members have exclusive use of the Zone from 12:30pm until it is available to all families at 1:30pm. 

The room provides a safe comfortable environment for families to enjoy pre-match entertainment, such as a large screen TVs, Playstation consoles and Table Football, as well as the option to enjoy refreshments from the Zone’s very own kiosk.

A feature wall displaying a packed Big Bank also provides a photo-sharing opportunity using the #jgzone hashtag. There are activities and competitions to suit all junior age groups, from FIFA19 and Table Football tournaments to free Activity Packs for younger children.

The Zone also features a VIP party area and there are several party packages available to book throughout the season.

The Family Zone and Stadium Family areas are supervised by Junior Grecians volunteers who have undergone DBS checks and our aim is to make a family visit to St James Park as enjoyable and trouble-free as possible.

So, if you are visiting St James Park on a matchday with children, be sure to pop in to the family zone!

MASCOTS

You can read the mascot profiles in the match day programme which you can pick up in the stadium for £3.00 on the day. For mascot booking or information, please contact andy.gillard@ecfc.co.uk

CLUB SHOP

The club shop will be open from 11am to give you the opportunity to make some purchases ahead of the match and will close at 5.30pm.

🎟 UP NEXT AT SJP 🎟

Tickets are on sale for City's Leasing.com Trophy match against West Ham under-21s on Wednesday, November 13 and EFL League Two match against Cheltenham Town on Saturday, November 16. Buy now 👉 tickets.ecfc.co.uk

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Match Reports

📝 City 2 Port Vale 0

The Grecians take all three points at St James Park.

13 April 2019

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Nicky Law’s early penalty and Hiram Boateng’s spectacular volley ensured Exeter City returned to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two.

Law converted a second-minute penalty kick before Boateng gave goalkeeper Scott Brown no chance with a jaw-dropping volley as City bounced back from their loss at Macclesfield in fine fashio


Matt Taylor made four changes to his starting line-up as Dara O’Shea, Law, Lee Holmes and Christy Pym, who served his one-match suspension, returned to the side that suffered defeat on the road at Macclesfield last time out.

There was barely 60 seconds on the clock as Ryan Bowman was fouled in the penalty area, after being held by Kyle Howkins, and Law stepped up to calmly slot the resulting penalty into the bottom right corner of Port Vale’s net.

The Grecians then proceeded to dominate the early stages after Jake Taylor had a header tipped around the post by the outstretched hand of Scott Brown after smart work from Boateng and Law with a short free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. Just a minute later Brown was forced to tip Lee Holmes’ cross over the bar.

Boateng, who was playing in a more advanced role closer to Bowman, then drove at goal and shot low, again forcing Brown into another save. Then, Taylor was fouled mid-way inside the Valiants’ half, allowing Law to send in a free-kick which reached Craig Woodman, whose half-volley was blocked before Taylor shot straight at Brown.

Vale had their first notable chance in the 29th minute as Tom Conlon’s whipped free-kick on the edge of the Grecians’ area had to be palmed away by Christy Pym.

Three minutes before half-time Nathan Smith had to clear Troy Brown’s looping header off the line after Nicky Law’s deep corner found the centre-back at the back post.

Exeter again had the ball in the back of the net just two minutes into the second half as Boateng’s shot was saved by Brown and Bowman followed up, tapping the ball in before the goal was chalked off for being offside.

However, City did find their second goal 10 minutes later when Boateng controlled the ball on his chest, turned and volleyed the ball past Brown in sensational fashion, rivalling his goal scored against Lincoln in the play-offs last season.

Port Vale tried to respond through the substitute Tom Pope, but his weak header was comfortably saved by Pym.

In the 66th minute, Bowman took the ball past two Vale players before playing in Boateng inside the penalty area, who couldn’t quite find his second as his shot went narrowly wide of the post. Pierce Sweeney then had a shot reminiscent of his volley against Cheltenham blocked as City looked to extend their lead.

Port Vale were desperately trying to get back into the game but they couldn’t quite find a breakthrough, as Luke Hannant’s acrobatic over-head kick was easily saved by Pym.

With 10 minutes to go, Dara O’Shea headed just wide from a corner before the final chances of the match fell to Vale, with David Worrall shooting wide and Pope having another header saved.

Attendance: 4,013 (including 270 away)

EXETER CITY: Pym, Sweeney, Woodman, O’Shea, Law, Holmes (Williams 65), Bowman, Taylor ©, Collins, Brown, Boateng (L.Martin 79)
Subs Not Used: Hamon, Forte, Jay, Wilson, Moxey
Booked: Brown, Woodman, Collins

PORT VALE: Brown, Montano, Kay © (Joyce 53), Worrall, Miller (Pope 53), Hannant (Whitfield 83), Crookes, Smith, Conlon, Clark, Howkins
Subs Not Used: Hornby, Legge, Harris, Vassell
Booked: Montano, Hannant

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