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26 January 2019 Venue St James Park Attendance

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Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: City v Cambridge United

All you need to know ahead of the match with Cambridge.

25 January 2019

Exeter City return to action at St James Park when they welcome Cambridge United to Devon in a 3pm kick-off.

The Grecians will be looking to bounce back from defeat away at Newport County AFC last time out, but they come up against an in form United side who have won three consecutive matches.

Ahead of the match on Saturday, manager Matt Taylor said: “A new manager has come in and taken over and they’ve hit a bit of form recently. They’re a very good attacking team and they have scored a lot of goals in the last few weeks and they’re coming off the back of an exciting game against Northampton Town last weekend.

“We’ve got to be at our best if we want to get anything out of the game. After the game at the weekend I was pleased with the attitude, mindset and how we went about the game in terms of the performance, but we need to add a little bit of quality in front of the opposition goal. We’re mindful of that going into this weekend.”

LAST TIME WE MET

The sides last met earlier in the season at the Abbey Stadium. An August evening in midweek saw the Grecians go ahead after eight minutes through Jonathan Forte before Jayden Stockley took the game away from United in the 14th minute.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are on sale at advance prices until 5pm in person and midnight online, on Friday, January 25, so why not save money and time queuing by buying in advance!

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.

 

 

ACTIVITIES AROUND THE GROUND

The face painters have made a valuable addition to matchdays and judging by the sights around the ground it is just as popular with adults as well as youngsters.

Their normal route if you want to catch them is: Starting at the Tombola Stall they head through Red Square for the Centre Spot before heading back to the family Junior Grecian Family Zone. Leaving the zone for the stadium, they start with the IP Office Main Stand and Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand before finishing on the Thatchers Big Bank.

You can also pick up some free stickers from St James Park on the day. You can also take part in the Exeter City tombola where the first prize is a signed Exeter City football. All funds raised go directly to the academy to support the future of the club.

ST JAMES PARK PLAYLIST

MATCH DAY PROGRAMME

The latest edition of The Grecian provides an interview with City full back Craig Woodman, and he discusses making his 250th City appearance. We also have our regular quiz features so you can test your Exeter City knowledge. CITY Community Trust provide details on some of their fantastic education pathways available, and you can also read regular features from lifelong City fan Tony Morris and local journalist Matt Bamsey.

JUNIOR GRECIANS 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.

KEY TIMINGS ON SATURDAY

Here's the key timing information for Saturday as the Grecians look to get back to winning ways.

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 FOR THE CUP 🎟

Tickets are on sale for City's Emirates FA Cup first round replay against Cambridge United on Tuesday, November 19 in a 7:45pm kick-off.

Buy now 👉 tickets.ecfc.co.uk

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Match Reports

📝 City 1 Cambridge United 0

Grecians take all three points after positive display.

26 January 2019

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A late winner from Nicky Law gave Exeter City all three ppints at home to an in-form Cambridge United side.

Despite considerable pressure United managed to hold out until the 82nd minute when Nicky Law appeared down the left before seeing his effort take a deflection and end up in the back of the net.

Grecians boss Matt Taylor made two changes to the side that went down 1-0 in Newport last weekend, with Lee Holmes and Lee Martin returning to the starting 11 in place of Craig Woodman and Ryan Bowman.

City threatened to penetrate on several occasions in the opening 20 minutes, and only stellar work from Cambridge left-back Jake Carroll – cutting out Law’s through-ball at the cost of a corner – prevented Lee Martin from having a clear-cut chance.

The Grecians would then find the net from the set-piece through Pierce Sweeney, who tapped home after pinball in the United box, but it was ruled out for offside. The disallowed goal marked the start of a period in which City piled on the pressure; Sweeney turned provider to cross for Lee Martin, but the Exeter man couldn’t establish a clean connection on the ball and it spun wildly over.

The visitors would respond with pressure of their own when Jevani Brown threatened from a corner, before the ball fell to George Maris, whose effort from the edge of the box looped over Christy Pym and, thankfully for the home side, his goal as well. Brown would then go on to finish a swift passing move for the visitors with a wildly mis-hit effort from distance that flew wide.

The momentum swung both ways; Lee Martin was released by Holmes down the City right, and his fierce shot stung the palms of United goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov just after the half-hour mark. Forte was then released after a superb pass by Law, but the striker could only muster a tame effort that Mitov handled comfortably.

Sweeney was proving dangerous from set-pieces too; his recycling of possession after a corner eventually culminated in an opening for Jake Taylor, but City’s captain saw his effort hit the intersection of Mitov’s bar and left-hand post. Lee Holmes then saw another effort blocked from close range after 38 minutes before Cambridge responded with an attack of their own; only the fingertips of Christy Pym prevented Rushian Hepburn-Murphy from slotting home before the interval.

City dominated possession after half-time but struggled to create clear-cut chances; indeed, it was the visitors who came closest in the opening stages of the second period as Brown curled an effort narrowly wide of Pym’s right-hand post just shy of the hour mark.

City could have opened the scoring when Forte’s cutback found Law in a yard of space in the box, but his effort was blocked for a corner. And it was from the corner that City were offered a fantastic chance to open the scoring, after Cambridge were penalised for handball after Brad Halliday blocked Sweeney’s header illegally. Forte then stepped up, but his powerful penalty smashed the Cambridge bar.

Kane Wilson then had appeals for another penalty turn against him after breaking down the Cambridge right on 75 minutes; he was seemingly brought down by a rash challenge, but the referee blew the other way, booking Wilson for simulation.

City finally found a way through with less than 10 minutes remaining as Law was released down the inside left channel, and his shot took a harsh deflection and looped over the helpless Mitov before nestling in the Cambridge net.

January signings Wilson and Randell Williams both played important roles in the build-up, with the former claiming his first assist since returning to St James Park on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Cambridge tried to find a late response; Halliday fired wide from the edge of the City box in the 89th minute, but City saw out five minutes of injury time to emerge with a vital three points.

Attendance: 3,996 (138 away)

EXETER CITY: Pym; Sweeney, O’Shea, Moxey, Wilson; L Martin (Bowman, 74), Collins (Williams, 72), Taylor ©, Law, Holmes; Forte (Tillson, 87).

Subs not used: Hamon, Woodman, A Martin, Abrahams.

Booked: O’Shea, Wilson

CAMBRIDGE UNITED: Mitov, Halliday, Carroll (Jones, 88), Taft, Taylor, Deegan ©, Amoo (Lewis, 78), Hepburn-Murphy, Azeez (Dunk, 54), Maris, Brown.

Subs not used: Pilkington, Osadebe, Darling, Lewis, John.

Booked:

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