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📝 Big Match Preview: City v Ipswich Town

All you need to know ahead of Tuesday night

13 August 2018

Exeter City are quickly back in action as they welcome Championship side Ipswich Town to St James Park in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

The Grecians go into the game following back-to-back wins over Carlisle United and Morecambe in the league, and Matt Taylor could well make some changes to his starting XI.

With the match coming just a few days after a long trip to Morecambe where the Grecians ran out 2-0 winners, Matt could well select Jordan Tillson in midfield, who impressed hugely after coming on as a substitute for Nicky Law who limped off with a groin problem and is expected to be left out as a precautionary measure.

The match could well see new signings Lee Martin and Tristan Abrahams earn their first starts for club.

Ahead of the match, defender Pierce Sweeney said: “They are a Championship side so it’s going to be tough. They’ve signed a few players that have been in League One and Two before. They’ve got a new manager, they haven’t had the best of starts in the league but that doesn’t matter because they are a decent side.

“As a young lad you want to play and impress against the higher league clubs whenever you get a chance so it’s always good to play against Championship sides. I’m really looking forward to it.”

WHEN WE LAST MET

Ipswich last visited St James Park on August 10, 2010 when they needed an extra-time goal from David Norris to give them a 3-2 victory over the Grecians.

The defeat was overshadowed by the news that Adam Stansfield had lost his battle with cancer that day. Adam, who netted 37 goals in 142 league appearances for the Grecians between 2006 and 2010, was last year inducted to the Exeter City hall of fame and his No. 9 shirt is currently retired in his honour. Gone but never forgotten.

TICKET NEWS

The capacity for the Big Bank will again be restricted to 2660, due to the current reduced numbers of turnstiles, toilet facilities and exits which all contribute to how many people can safely be in that area. Tickets are expected to be available on the gate as normal.

Tickets are on sale for the match and can be purchased in one of three ways.

You can purchase tickets easily and quickly online either on a computer or a mobile device. 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.

Thatchers' Big Bank:

Adults: £15

Seniors/Students/Wheelchair Area: £12

Under-18s: £3

IP Office Main Stand:

Adults: £20

Seniors/Students/Wheelchair Area: £18

Under-18s: £5

MATCHDAY SPONSORS

We would like to welcome our matchday sponsors Haines-Watts, and our ball sponsors Toucan Design and RGB Building Supplies

For more information about any of our sponsorship opportunities please contact Matt Kimberley at matt.kimberley@ecfc.co.uk

GROUND INFORMATION

Redevelopment work: Due to the ongoing work around St James Park, all entry for home fans will be via the Stadium Way turnstiles into the IP Office Main Stand or the Thatchers’ Big Bank.

MATCH DAY PROGRAMME

In the latest edition of The Grecian we have an in-depth interview with City’s new strength and conditioning coach Andrew Wiseman. Andrew details how he arrived at St James Park, what sort of work he will be doing with the players and how he is enjoying his time in Devon so far. Also inside, our regular quiz features return, and this week you can test your knowledge on Pierce Sweeney, so be sure to let us know how you got on via social media.

City Community Trust also have an update on the work they have been doing over the summer holidays, and you can also read our regular features with local journalist Matt Bamsey, and lifelong City fan, Tony Morris.

JUNIOR GRECIANS FAMILY ZONE

The Junior Grecians family zone will be open to its members from 5.45pm and then to the general public, including away fans, from 6.45pm. The zone has video consoles, large TV screens, a refreshments stall and table football.

MASCOTS

James Marlow is a 13-year-old City fan whose favourite player is Jayden Stockley, and the Town mascot will be George Borham whose favourite player is Freddie Sears.

You can read their profiles in the match day programme. If you would like to be a match day mascot this season, then make sure to be in contact with our operations manager Andy Gillard via email at andy.gillard@ecfc.co.uk

CLUB SHOP

The club shop will be open from 8:30am on the day of the game and does not close until around 10:30pm once the match has finished and supporters have dispersed. Please note that the ticket booth will open from 5:30pm for collections.

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📝 City 1 Ipswich Town 1

Grecians go through after 4-2 penalty shootout win

14 August 2018

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Exeter City booked their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup with a 4-2 penalty shootout win following a 1-1 draw at St James Park.

Kayden Jackson's first half goal was cancelled out by Troy Brown's header after the break before Lee Martin netted the decisive penalty to send the Grecians into the next round.

Manager Matt Taylor made four changes to the side that started the victory at Morecambe last weekend, with Craig Woodman, Jordan Tillson, Lee Martin and Matt Jay coming into the side.

It was a cagey opening 10 minutes with both sides having spells on the ball without testing either goalkeeper.

But it was the Grecians who caused the first real scare of the match when Jay did wonderfully to cut inside and deliver a dangerous looking cross towards Jayden Stockley, but the ball was just cut out in time by the Town defence.

The clearance could only find Lee Martin, though, and he did well to cut onto his left foot before shooting towards the far corner, but for Aristote Nsiala who made a vital block as Town eventually cleared their lines.

Moments later Trevor Chalobah almost fired the away side ahead when Jonas Knudsen’s cross was cleared to the edge of the box before the midfielder hit a first-time volley just wide of Christy Pym’s goal.

As the half continued, Paul Hurst’s men began to dominate possession and they almost went ahead when Janoi Donacien got in down the right before shooting from a tight angle.

The onrushing Pym did well to get a hand to it as he punched the ball away with the help of Pierce Sweeney who cleared it out of the City area.

The Grecians then had a wonderful opportunity to go ahead when Sweeney’s ball into the path of Stockley saw the forward set Lee Martin away down the right-hand side. The midfielder then squared it into the path of the sliding Jay, but the striker couldn’t connect cleanly as his effort edged just wide.

Craig Woodman then had another attempt just after the half hour mark when a City free-kick was cleared before the left back volleyed right footed just over Bartosz Bialkowski’s goal.

But it would be the Tractor Boys who would prove more clinical when a City move forward broke down and the away side counter-attacked down the left-hand side.

Jackson then darted into the box before shooting ambitiously towards the near post catching out Pym as the Championship side took a lead into half-time.

Matt Taylor then made two changes on 52 minutes with Archie Collins and Tristan Abrahams introduced. The former almost made an instant impact when he profited from a Hiram Boateng tackle before he drove at the Town defence to see his powerful shot blocked for a corner.

A good spell for City then saw Boateng get down the left as he latched onto Woodman’s quick throw before crossing for Abrahams, who was in a good position, but the youngster mistimed his effort as the ball rolled under him.

And that good start to the second period for City paid off when they levelled just after the hour mark. Substitute Jack Sparkes’ low free-kick from the right was flicked on by Jake Taylor before Brown nodded the ball over the line from a couple of yards out.

The visitors rarely threatened Pym’s goal for much of the second period, but did create a good chance on 75 minutes, again prospering from a counter-attack. After they broke at speed the ball was pulled back to Jon Nolan on the edge of the City box, but he could only shoot over into the Big Bank.

Sparkes was next to try his luck at the Town goal when he tested Bialkowski with a close range free-kick just minutes before Pym was forced into a smart save from Adetayo Edun, as the game edged towards a penalty shootout.

But another golden chance then fell for City four minutes from time when the Grecians broke through Lee Martin before he played in Abrahams, whose first time shot with his left foot was saved well by Bialkowski.

Ipswich then went inches from winning it in stoppage time when Teddy Bishop slid in at the far post to meet a low cross but for an excellent interception from Woodman who just about did enough to keep the ball out of the net, as the game went to penalties.

It was a penalty shootout that saw captain Taylor miss City's first attempt before Teddy Bishop saw his penalty saved.

The reliable Pierce Sweeney then struck to score for City, Luke Chambers and Kayden Jackson also scored either side of Tristan Abrahams' thunderous conversion.

Youngster Archie Collins then kept his cool before the shootout turned when Trevor Chalobah missed the target, leaving Lee Martin to seal the win for the Grecians.

Exeter City: Pym, Sweeney, Woodman, A. Martin, Tillson, L. Martin, Stockley (Abrahams, 52), Jay (Collins, 52), Taylor, Brown, Boateng (Sparkes, 61)

Subs not used: Hamon, Forte, Oates, Croll

Booked: Taylor

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Donacien (Spence, 45), Knudsen, Chambers, Chalobah, Jackson, Nolan, Ward (Rowe, 77), Sears (Bishop, 65), Nsiala, Edun

Subs not used: Gerken, Skuse, Harrison, Bishop, Rowe, Kenlock

Booked: Nsiala

Attendance: 3,675 (Inc, 351, away)

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⚽️ UP NEXT: City take on Ipswich Town in the Carabao Cup

Plenty of seats available in the IP Office Main Sta

12 August 2018

The Matt Taylor Era has got off to the perfect start with the Grecians picking up maximum league points from the first two matches.

The Grecians return to action at the Park on Tuesday, August 14 in Carabao Cup round one action as they take on Championship side Ipswich Town in a 7:45pm kick-off.

There are plenty of seats available in the IP Office Main Stand for this match with around 200 available as of 4pm on Sunday, August 12.

The capacity for the Big Bank will again be restricted to 2660, due to the current reduced numbers of turnstiles, toilet facilities and exits which all contribute to how many people can safely be in that area. Tickets are expected to be available on the gate as normal.

This is expected to be back to normal for Saturday's match against Newport County AFC.

Tickets are on sale for the match and can be purchased in one of three ways. 

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.

There are plenty of seats available in the IP Office Main Stand for this match!

Ticket prices have been reduced for the match and are as follows, with no advanced discounts applicable:

Thatchers' Big Bank:

  • Adults: £15
  • Seniors/Students/Wheelchair Area: £12
  • Under-18s: £3

IP Office Main Stand:

  • Adults: £20
  • Seniors/Students/Wheelchair Area: £18
  • Under-18s: £5

To purchase tickets online, please click here.

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