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15 December 2018 Venue St James Park Attendance

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📝 Big match preview: City v Crewe Alexandra

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match at home to Crewe Alexandra

13 December 2018

Exeter City return to league action at St James Park as they welcome Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League Two.

The Grecians will be looking to turn a difficult run around when they welcome David Artell’s side to Devon. However, Matt Taylor says the players are still in a good place mentally and physically going into the weekend. 

“Certainly, on the outside, from the run of results we have had, belief starts to dwindle a little bit, but we are positive that going into this weekend we are in a good place mentally and physically,” said Matt.

“We are going to give it everything we have got and hopefully get a positive result and then we go to Oldham feeling a little better about ourselves and everyone is a little bit more settled down and then you going into the Christmas period and it is something to look forward to.”

“We are not hiding away from the run of results,” added Matt. “We have got to be better than what we have shown, certainly in recent weeks.

“I’m sure it will change on the back of the players we have got at our disposal plus in the games that we are referring to it has been fine margins. You look at Bury last weekend, who are a top, top team at home, and we were those missed opportunities in the second half and a penalty away from getting something out of that game."

LAST TIME WE MET 

The sides last met towards the end of February last season in what was a stunning encounter at Gresty Road. 

The match was evenly contested for the best part of 85 minutes and it looked certain to be heading to a goalless draw before Crewe struck in the 88th minute when Shaun Miller found the net. 

But the Grecians battled back to level in stoppage time through Jordan Moore-Taylor who fired home. It then got even better for City when they snatched the three points in the dying seconds of the match when Jayden Stockley got on the end of Lee Holmes’ deep cross to send the travelling Grecians home delighted.

TICKET NEWS

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. 

Matchday sales and collections for the new Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand will need to be made at the ticket booth in Red Square as the new stand ticket booth is still a work in progress. Supporters are encouraged to collect their tickets in advance from St James Park. 

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

 

The Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand will be open for the Manchester City v Everton match from 12.30pm. The bar will be open, so why not come along early! 

TARGET SHOOTING 

CITY Community Trust’s target shoot game is scheduled in Red Square for this Saturday by the information point. Safety is, of course, paramount for supporters so the target shooting will only go ahead as long as there are appropriate weather conditions.

CAROL SINGING 

As Saturday’s match is the last one prior to Christmas Day, we will have Plymtree Primary School carol singing between 1.30pm and 2.15pm to raise funds for their PTA.

LES THE FEZ RETURNS!

As well as the chance to get your face-painted from 2pm, Les the Fez will be performing tricks, balloon modelling and japers. Let’s hope he gets another standing ovation in the RGB Legends Lounge!

MATCH SPONSORS

We are excited to welcome our match sponsors, Deadline Distribution on Saturday, as well as our ball sponsors, Hayley Exeter and Bidfood.

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our sponsors to the match and wish them a very pleasant day with us.

MATCH DAY PROGRAMME

The Grecian returns with an in-depth interview with Dean Moxey. After returning to the club prior to last season, the left back discusses life under Matt Taylor, how he and his teammates are targeting a return to winning ways and what he makes of the current crop of City youngsters aiming to break into the first team as Dean did back in 2003. Our regular features from the likes of City fan Tony Morris and local journalist Matt Bamsey also return. 

JUNIOR GRECIANS FAMILY ZONE 

The Junior Grecians family zone will be open to its members from 12.30pm on Saturday and at 1.30pm for everyone else, including away supporters.

The zone has video consoles, large TV screens, a refreshments stall and table football. It is located near the players' entrance at the IP Office Stand.

MASCOTS

The matchday mascots are as follows: Adam Sapkota, Logan Taverner, Joshua Hesp, Ollie Jones, Freddy Marchant, Max Fagan, Alex Forrester and James Miller. 

You can read their profiles in the match day programme. If you would like to be a matchday mascot this season, then contact our operations manager Andy Gillard via email at 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 St James Park:

City take on Cambridge United on Saturday, January 26 in a 3pm kick-off. Ticket prices are cheaper in advance. Click here to buy online.

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📝 City 1 Crewe Alexandra 0

Martin's strike wins it for City

15 December 2018

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Lee Martin’s stunning effort was enough to help Exeter City to a 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at St James Park in Sky Bet League Two.

The only goal of the game came when the midfielder cut in from the left before sending an exquisite effort into the top corner from distance.

The Grecians made three changes to the side that started the loss to Bury last time out as Martin, Dean Moxey and Archie Collins came into the side against David Artell’s team.

Following a 13:45 pitch inspection at St James Park due to heavy rain, referee Craig Hicks deemed the pitch playable as the Grecians looked to return to winning ways.

City started brightly in the opening 10 minutes and almost went ahead seven minutes in on two occasions.

The first stemmed from a clever ball over the top into the path of Jake Taylor, before his shot at the near post smashed against the crossbar. City kept the move alive through Lee Holmes, and when the ball found its way to Nicky Law to the right of goal, his shot went just over.

Both sides looked to create going forward, but a difficult surface made it tough for players to travel any great distance with the ball at their feet meaning moves often broke down in the opening 30 minutes.

But the Grecians did manage to work a good chance on 33 minutes when Woodman found Taylor, who passed first time into the path of Holmes, but his chipped effort was pushed away by Ben Garratt.

The Grecians then found themselves in front on 42 minutes in fantastic fashion. Martin received the ball out on the right before he cut inside and unleashed a wonderful left-footed effort past Garratt in the Crewe goal to give the Grecians a deserved lead at the break.

James Jones had Crewe's first real attempt of note on 50 minutes when the away side worked the ball well on the edge of the City box before he shot wide of goal.

Callum Ainley had Crewe’s second effort moments later when Jordan Bowery did well to knock the ball down from a cross, but the Alexandra man’s effort was well wide.

But City seemed to ride out that spell of Crewe pressure and looked to control the game as much as possible in terms of possession, often looking threatening through Law and Martin in behind the Crewe back line.

City looked to dominate the closing stages of the game as they looked to further their advantage, and they almost did so, when Chiedozie Ogbene crossed well but Law was unable to get a clean effort away as Crewe cleared.

But the away side had a golden chance to level things on 85 minutes when Shaun Miller went through on goal before rounding Christy Pym, but he could only fire his effort against the crossbar.

Thankfully for the Grecians that was to be the last scare of the match as they held onto a welcome three points.

Exeter City: Pym, Sweeney, Woodman, O’Shea, L. Martin, Law, Holmes (Ogbene, 76), Stockley, Moxey, Taylor, Collins

Subs not used: Hamon, A. Martin, Tillson, Forte, Jay, Abrahams

Booked:

Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Ng, Pickering, Ray, Jones, Bowery, Ainley (Finney, 86), Nolan, Nicholls (Miller, 77), Wintle, Kirk (Dale, 52)

Subs not used: Richards, Porter, Hunt, Whelan

Booked: Jones, Ray, Dale, Artell

Attendance: 3,505 (Inc, 104, away)

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