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📝 Big Match Preview: City v Swindon Town

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match

12 October 2018

Exeter City return to St James Park as they take on Swindon Town in Sky Bet League Two.

They go into the match with the Robins second in the league table following a hard-fought point away from home to Yeovil Town last weekend.

Ahead of the game against Phil Brown’s side, City boss Matt Taylor said: “They’ve drawn a few games which means they probably haven’t picked up as many points as they’d have liked.

“They’ve got some good players in the team. I watched them on Tuesday night and, if that’s their so-called reserve team, then it’s going to be a proper game this weekend because they were excellent.”

WHEN WE LAST MET

The Grecians last came up against Town back in March last year in what was an excellent 3-1 win for City.

Kaiyne Woolery put Phil Brown’s side in front at St James Park just before the half hour mark, but six minutes later Jake Taylor levelled for the home side. Pierce Sweeney then stepped up to score from the penalty spot just before half-time to give City a 2-1 lead at the break.

Jayden Stockley then made sure the points were safe for the Grecians when he finished off a well-worked move in the 87th minute to make sure of a 3-1 win.

TICKET NEWS

By booking tickets in advance you can save money and time queuing on match day.

The IP Office stand is sold out for the match, but there is still plenty of room on the Big Bank to cheer on the Grecians. Tickets can be purchased in one of three ways. You can purchase tickets online by clicking here, or 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.

MATCH SPONSORS

The match sponsors for Saturday’s game are DMS Bricklaying and our ball sponsors are Midex Pro. Ashfords are also sponsoring the latest edition of the match day programme, The Grecian. We are looking forward to welcoming our sponsors to the match and wish them a very pleasant day with us.

MATCH DAY PROGRAMME

In the latest edition of The Grecian, you can read an in-depth feature interview with City midfielder, Hiram Boateng. Inside, he discusses life at City in his second season, how he is enjoying a new position and what it’s like working under Matt Taylor.

You can also read about City Community Trust’s Awesome Autumn holiday courses and how you can sign up. Tony Morris returns with his regular feature and you can read all about our opponents.

RED SQUARE ACTIVITIES

There will be lots going on in Red Square ahead of the match with Swindon. There will be ambassadors handing out player stickers, target football run by City Community Trust and face painting.

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.

BUCKET COLLECTION

This Saturday's match against Swindon Town is the Supporters' Trust bucket collection.

The aim is to raise enough money to fund a defibrillator for the new Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand.

There is currently one in Red Square but the Trust would also like one to be available for use on the other side of our stadium. Defibrillator's will help supporters or members of the local community should they suffer a cardiac arrest at, or near, St James Park.

The Supporters' Trust are also looking for volunteers to help take a bucket around the ground to collect donations. If you, your family or friends are able to help in this way the Trist would be immensely grateful.

MASCOTS

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 face Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, October 27 in a 3pm kick-off. Click here to purchase tickets online!

 

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📝 City 2 Swindon Town 0

Goals from Jonathan Forte and Jayden Stockley give City a deserved three points against Swindon Town

13 October 2018

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Goals from Jonathan Forte and Jayden Stockley proved the difference as Exeter City overcame Swindon Town 2-0.

The win sees the Grecians keep pace at the top of the league, remaining second on goal difference.

City boss Matt Taylor made two changes to the side that started the draw with Yeovil, with Jonathan Forte and Lee Holmes replacing Jordan Tillson and Lee Martin – both of whom dropped to the bench.

Exeter started the first-half brightly, and some good interplay within a tight area early on down the Swindon left between Hiram Boateng and Lee Holmes created an opening for the latter, but his cross was deflected inches away from the outstretched leg of the onrushing Nicky Law.

City did well to keep the ball alive though, and created another chance having recycled possession – Holmes again crossing, but this time Jayden Stockley’s header dropped agonisingly wide of the near post.

However, the Grecians were not to be denied and the opening goal was as simple as it gets. A long ball from Pym, aimed for Stockley, eluded both the striker and his marker, but fell kindly for Jonathan Forte, whose first-time effort beat the scrambling Swindon goalkeeper Luke McCormick before hitting the inside of the post, and nestling in the back of the Swindon goal.

Forte’s sixth goal in 10 games gave City the advantage in what was a very open first-half. Swindon had a great chance to equalise after 24 minutes when Marc Richards was played in down the inside-right channel, but Pym was out quickly to close the angle and made a superb save with his feet to keep out the striker’s driven effort.

Swindon played an expansive, attacking game not often seen by visiting teams at St James Park in recent seasons, with a commitment to a possession-based system with that caused City some problems at the back. Just after the half-hour mark, Kyle Knoyle crossed from the right-hand side into a very dangerous area, but the Grecians’ defence did just about enough to prevent Richards a clear sight of goal, and Dean Moxey was able to escape with the ball for City.

Swindon’s Matty Taylor then had a chance to shoot from a free-kick that forward Scott Twine had won about 25 yards from goal, but his effort flew comfortably over Pym’s goal and into the Thatchers' Big Bank.

Just before half-time, Pym was required to deal with another set-piece – another free-kick swung in from the City right-hand side flew into a dangerous area, but a commanding punch from the Grecians’ goalkeeper prevented a potentially dangerous situation. Swindon certainly ended the first half the stronger of the two sides, and Aaron Martin was called into action moments later as his slide cut out another dangerous cross from Knoyle.

Swindon certainly ended the first half the stronger of the two sides, and Aaron Martin was called into action moments later as his slide cut out another dangerous cross from Knoyle.

The second-half resumed as the first-half had finished; a dynamic, end-to-end game presented both sides with opportunities. First, Forte had a great chance to grab a second, but his left-footed drive – after great work in transition from Dean Moxey – flew wide from the edge of the box. Aaron Martin was then called into action, being forced to clear a dangerous cross from Taylor out for a corner, before Knoyle’s half-volley a couple of minutes later deflected off the upright of Pym’s goal.

Forte was lively, frequently proving the apex for City’s attacking moves, and was unlucky to see his effort – attempting to direct a powerful cross from Nicky Law – go wide in the 55th minute. Though the momentum of the game was shifting with alarming frequency, it was City who were creating the better chances, and Stockley’s header from close range would have doubled City’s lead if the striker had been able to establish a clean contact.

A myriad of chances were coming City’s way and it was only a matter of time before the pressure paid dividends for the home side. Stockley – the highest goalscorer in England’s top four divisions this calendar year – headed home from Sweeney’s cross to finally give City some breathing space.

Stockley was then a linesman’s flag away from scoring a potential goal of the season. Again, it was Sweeney who delivered, with a delicate cross just over the head of the Robins’ last defender, and Stockley met the ball with a perfectly executed scissor kick that flew past McCormick into the bottom-right corner. As St James Park erupted, the goal was disallowed as Stockley was deemed offside – a disappointing conclusion for what was a stunning strike.

An injury to Chiedozie Ogbene – picked up just after coming on – was a blight on an otherwise superb afternoon for Exeter, who controlled the ebb and flow of the game after doubling their lead. It could have been three late in the game as Nicky Law darted inside before firing an effort towards the far corner, but this time McCormick was equal to it, tipping behind for a corner.

With referee Peter Wright blowing for full-time shortly after, City were rewarded with a richly-deserved three points that marks a return to winning ways after last weekend’s draw.

Attendance: 4,506 (330 away)

Exeter City: Pym; Sweeney, A Martin, Croll, Moxey; Law, Taylor ©, Boateng, Holmes; Forte, Stockley. Subs: Hamon, O’Shea, Tillson (Forte 64), L Martin (Ogbene 87), Jay, Abrahams, Ogbene (Holmes 81).

Swindon Town: McCormick, Knoyle, Lancashire ©, Richards, Anderson, Smith, Diagouraga, Twine, Conroy, Taylor, Woolfenden. Subs: Henry (GK), Nelson, McGlashan, Alzate (Twine 53) Dunne, Adebayo (Smith 61) Woolery (Richards 69).

Up next at St James Park:

City face Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, October 27 in a 3pm kick-off. Click here to purchase tickets online!

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⚽️ UP NEXT: Help City make it 9️⃣ unbeaten as we take on Swindon

IP Office Main Stand already sold out for the match

8 October 2018

Second-place City return to action on Saturday, October 13 in a 3pm kick-off against Swindon Town.

The Grecians are on an eight match unbeaten run in all competitons and will be looking to extend that to nine, whilst putting pressure on Lincoln City at the top.

The match is proving popular with the IP Office Main Stand already sold out for the match. There is plenty of space left in the Thatchers' Big Bank - the largest standing terrace in the Football League!

Did you know that by booking tickets in advance you can save money and time queuing on match day?

Tickets 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.

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

Thatchers Big Bank    Ticket Prices
 Ticket Type Advance Gate
Adult £16 £17
Senior £13 £14
Student £13 £14
Under-18 £4.50 £5
Wheelchair Area £13 £14
IP Office Main Stand/
Stagecoach
   Ticket Prices
 Ticket Type Advance Gate
Adult £22 £23
Senior £19 £20
Student £19 £20
Under-18 £9.50 £10
Wheelchair Area £19 £20

 

Up next at St James Park:

City face Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, October 27 in a 3pm kick-off. Click here to purchase tickets online!

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