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01 January 2019 Venue The County Ground Attendance

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📝 Big Match Preview: Swindon Town v City

All you need to know ahead of the trip to Swindon.

30 December 2018

Exeter City kick off 2019 with a trip to Swindon Town on New Year’s Day looking to return to winning ways.

The Grecians went into their match with Grimsby Town on a high following three consecutive wins but were stopped in their tracks by a resolute opponent that took away a 2-1 win from St James Park.

Looking ahead to the match with Swindon following the Grimsby defeat, manager Matt Taylor said: “Regardless of how we feel now we have to be positive. Even before their player was sent off, in the first half, there were clearances off the line and saved from the keeper.

“I still want more quality, I want them to make it inevitable that the ball goes in the back of the net. Jayden (Stockley) does that, and that’s why he’s our leading goal scorer and that’s why he did it again. We needed more from the rest of the group in terms of that as well. Sometimes chances fall to the right people, and we hit the target on regular occasions, but they were all at a saveable height for the goalkeeper.

“Lee Holmes missed out through injury (vs Grimsby) so we’ll wait and see, and we hope he will be fit but he has a sore one. There’s been a lot of games in quick succession, I would have liked to have rotated the squad even more but hopefully we go into New Year’s day with a fit enough squad to compete there and get a positive result.”

LAST TIME WE MET

The sides last met back on October 13 at St James Park when City ran out 2-0 winners.

Jonathan Forte netted the first goal with a clever finish on 14 minutes before Jayden Stockley made sure the points were safe with a goal in the 63rd minute.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are now available on the day for City's trip to the County Ground to face Swindon Town on New Year's Day (Tuesday, January 1, 2019.)

Prices in the Arkell Stand are as follows:

Adult - £23

65+/Student - £17

Under-21 - £10

Under-18 - £6

Under-11 - £2

Advance Discounts? No

Ambulant disabled: Pay age related price and carer free

Wheelchair: As above

Matchday Purchase available? Yes, away ticket office 50 yards from Arkells stand entrance, open at 12:30pm on day of the game.

Car Parking: There are two official car parks open on match day. The County Ground has limited spaces at £10. St Joseph's School is used as a secondary car park and is £5 and a 5-minute walk away.

GRECIAN TRAVEL

The supporters’ coach departs Unit 1 nightclub at 10:30am for a fare of £21.

Pick-up Points are as follows: Unit 1 nightclub (Summerland Street), Honiton Road Park & Ride (by Miller and Carter steakhouse), Cullompton Services (junction 28), Tiverton (junction 27), Taunton (junction 25), any other pick-ups en-route by prior arrangement.

The easiest way to buy is online, or on your mobile using the clubs ticketing system.

For more information or to book please contact Chris Woolcott on 01392 250250 or John Bishop on 07904036334 or by email at: john.bishop760@btinternet.com (after 6pm).

BY ROAD

To get to the County Ground leave the M4 at Junction 15. Take the Commonhead roundabout. Turn left onto the A4259 Marlborough Road. Take the second exit at the roundabout onto Queens Drive. At the next set of roundabouts take the third exit onto County Road - the entrance to the ground is on the first right.

BY RAIL

The train journey from Exeter St Davids to Swindon usually requires at least one change at either Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads or Westbury and will take  just over two hours in most cases. However, there is a direct train on New Year’s Day that leaves Exeter St Davids at 12.18pm and gets you into Swindon at 2pm. Once you have arrived at Swindon train station turn left onto Station Road. Facing the White House pub, head right onto Corporation Street. At the traffic lights turn left onto Manchester Road. At the end of Manchester Road turn right onto County Road. The entrance to the stadium is the second left. This walk should take approximately 10 minutes.

PUBS/FOOD

There is an away supporters bar in use for the 2018/19 season. Bar 71 opens from 12pm on Tuesday, January 1, and is located towards the Stratton Bank at the end of the Arkells Stand. The bar serves both draught beer and lager as well as serving a selection of snacks as well as matchday programmes.

There are a number of pubs located within the main town centre and within walking distance from the County Ground, although visiting supporters are advised to check in advance which pubs will be available to them.

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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📝 Swindon Town 0 City 2

Archie Collins scores wonder goal as City beat Swindon

1 January 2019

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A wonder goal from teenager Archie Collins was the highlight of the day as Exeter City beat Swindon Town to record their fifth away win of the season.

It was the 19-year-old’s first goal in senior football and gave the Grecians a 2-0 advantage in a match that they controlled for the large parts. 

City boss Matt Taylor made three changes to the side that had lost last time out at home to Grimsby Town, with Jayden Stockley, Jordan Tillson and Tristan Abrahams making way for Nicky Law, Lee Martin and Jonathan Forte.  

Swindon started the match brightly, but only had a Dion Conroy shot, which deflected narrowly wide, from 25 yards out to show for their efforts before City started to control first half proceedings. 

First Forte headed a Nicky Law corner wide, before the energetic Lee Martin won the ball back high up the pitch to play in Matt Jay, whose shot from just outside the box deflected behind for a corner. From that corner, both Forte and Dara O’Shea had efforts blocked as City continued to create chances.

Then just past the hour mark – following another successful high press – Collins, a product of the Exeter City Academy, showed a glimpse of what was to come as he raced onto a ball in midfield and drove a shot low to the bottom corner that Lawrence Vigouroux saved.  

Then it was Jay, another academy graduate who was on as a substitute for the injured Law, who went to press Swindon Town defender Sid Nelson on 36 minutes. And as he stole the ball off the defender, who had his back to the play, the City striker was caught by Nelson’s outstretched boot in the box. Forte stepped up to take the spot-kick and expertly sent the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.  

Swindon started the second half with more purpose as Dean Moxey, a rock at the back all game, did superbly well to block a close-range shot from Keshi Anderson before the host’s top scorer Michael Doughty blazed over following a quick counter-attack.   

However, as the half wore on, it was City who began to look more threatening. Lee Martin and Chiedozie Ogbene both had efforts blocked, while Jake Taylor shot over from just inside the penalty area. 

Then came the moment of the match as, following a good passing move on the left, Collins cut in from the touchline and curled a shot over Vigouroux and into the far corner of the net from 25 yards out.  

With 20 minutes left, it gave the Grecians the two-goal cushion they needed and while Swindon did throw men forward in the minutes that remained, the closest they came to getting a goal back was when Jake Taylor cleared the ball off the City goalline following a goalmouth scramble in the 92nd minute. 

Swindon Town: Lawrence Vigouroux, Kyle Knoyle, Sid Nelson (Ellis Iandolo, 45), Luke Woolfenden, Matt Taylor (Scott Twine, 72), Dion Conroy, Michael Doughty, Jak McCourt, Keshi Anderson, Kaiyne Woolery, Elijah Adebayo (Marc Richards, 45). Subs not used: Luke McCormick, Martin Smith, James Dunne, Jermaine McGlashan

Exeter City: Christy Pym, Pierce Sweeney, Craig Woodman, Dara O’Shea, Lee Martin (Jordan Tillson, 89), Nicky Law (Matt Jay, 19), Jonathan Forte (Tristan Abrahams, 78), Dean Moxey, Chiedozie Ogbene, Jake Taylor, Archie Collins. Subs not used: James Hamon, A Martin, Jimmy Oates, Alex Hatridge.

Booked: Lee Martin, Chiedozie Ogbene

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Ticket News

🎟 Away Tickets: Swindon Town (1/1/19)

Tickets now available on the gate for City’s trip to the County Ground

30 December 2018

Tickets are now available on the day for City's trip to the County Ground to face Swindon Town on New Year's Day (Tuesday, January 1, 2019)

Prices in the Arkell Stand are as follows:

  • Adult - £23
  • 65+/Student - £17
  • Under-21 - £10
  • Under-18 - £6
  • Under-11 - £2

Advance Discounts? No

Ambulant disabled: Pay age related price and carer free

Wheelchair: As above

Matchday Purchase available? Yes, away ticket office 50 yards from Arkells stand entrance, open at 12:30pm on day of the game.

Car Parking: There are two official car parks open on match day. The County Grond has limited spaces at £10. St Joseph's School is used as a secondary car park and is £5 and a 5-minute walk away. 

Grecian Travel: 

The supporters coach to the County Ground departs at 10:30am and is £21. Click here to find out more.

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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