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📝 Big Match Preview: City v West Ham United under-21s

All you need to know ahead of Tuesday evening's match

24 September 2018

Exeter City are quickly back in action at St James Park as they welcome West Ham United under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy.

City made a promising start to the competition when they beat Yeovil Town via a penalty shootout in the first group game meaning they sit on two points with two games to play at home.

The match could well see manager Matt Taylor make changes to the side that beat Cheltenham Town 3-1 at home last weekend, with the likes of Archie Collins, Jack Sparkes and Dara O’Shea expected to come in.

Ahead of the match, Dara said: “We’re expecting a tough game. They’ll be good technically, I think I’ve played against them a few times for West Brom, so I know they’ll move the ball well and they’ll look to get it down and play it wide.

“It will be a good, tough, test for us and I think it will be something a little bit different away from League Two. They will want to bounce back (following defeat to Bristol Rovers in their first group game,) and they’ll be hungry for it.”

Dara is hoping for more game time with the Grecians

TICKET NEWS

Adults can purchase tickets from £10 for the match, with prices reduced across the board, Seniors/Students just £8 and under-18s just £3.

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.

Admission prices are as follows:

Thatchers Big Bank

Adult: £10

Over 64/student: £8

Under-18: £3

Designated area: £8

IP Office Main Stand

Adult: £12

Over 64/Student: £10

Under-18: £4

Designated area: £10

MATCH DAY PROGRAMME

In a reduced page copy of The Grecian you can get the lowdown on the Hammers’ key men as well as the ones to watch from a City perspective. You can also remind yourself of how the Grecians fared in the first match of the competition against Yeovil Town.

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.

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.

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📝 City 2 West Ham United U21s 0

Grecians continue good performances in Checkatrade Trophy

25 September 2018

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A Jonathan Forte brace was the difference as Exeter City enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win over a West Ham United under-21 side in the Checkatrade Trophy

The Grecians raced into the lead when Forte volleyed in on 20 minutes, before he added a second with an exquisite header just after the half hour mark.

As expected, City boss Matt Taylor made widespread changes from the side that started Saturday's win over Cheltenham Town, with Lee Martin and Pierce Sweeney – who captained the side on the night - the only players to retain their places in a youthful, attacking side. There were three previously uncapped players named on the Grecians’ bench – Felix Norman, James Dodd and Jordan Dyer.

The visitors started brightly, with Anthony Scully’s incisive run after seven minutes creating a very dangerous opening that the Grecians did well to defend, with Pierce Sweeney making two important blocks at the heart of the City backline.

City responded, with a long ball from Sweeney finding Tristan Abrahams in space down the right-hand flank, and he did well to win a corner. From it, Matt Jay flicked his header just wide of the West Ham goal. It sparked the start of a good period for City, as moments later Lee Martin’s cross was met by Chiedozie Ogbene, whose effort was blocked from close range.

Referee Brett Huxtable was forced to stop the game in unusual circumstances with just 17 minutes gone as the floodlights went out on the main stand at St James Park, as part of a city-wide issue. The game resumed at 20:30.

The stoppage did little to stem the attacking tide, and City eventually took the lead after 21 minutes as Matt Jay’s cross from wide on the left-hand side was converted from close range by Jonathan Forte for the opening goal of the game.

City threatened to double their lead immediately after, with West Ham goalkeeper Nathan Trott forced to tip a deflected Lee Martin cross over his own bar, before Dara O’Shea was gifted a great chance to double the Grecians’ lead from the resulting Archie Collins’ corner. His powerfully met header flew overnthe West Ham goal.

City were not to be denied a second goal, however, and it was two of the more experienced players who combined: Lee Martin toyed with his defender down the City left, before delivering a cross that Forte met with a sumptuous header that Trott could only watch sail past him into the far corner. City had dominated since the restart and a second goal was no less than they deserved.

The Londoners came to life having gone 2-0 down and had their best chance of the game to that point, with Sean Adarkwa finding himself one-on-one with James Hamon from close range, but the City goalkeeper made a superb save to maintain the home side’s two-goal cushion. It would prove to be the visitors’ best chance of the half, and City went into the break with Forte’s brace the difference.

City nearly gifted the Hammers a way back into the game at the start of the second-half with Hamon caught out by a ball that just held up, though Adarkwa couldn’t make the most of what was a golden opportunity and the chance was spurned.

The visitors were on top in the opening exchanges of the second-half, with Alfie Lewis winning a free-kick after a driving run at the heart of the City back line, though Hamon was on hand to palm away Scully’s effort from the following free-kick.

There was a special moment for James Dodd as he came on for his City debut after 58 minutes, replacing the excellent Lee Martin. Dodd, a midfielder who has come through the City academy set-up, signed a professional deal last season whilst still with the under-18s.

The visitors showed greater attacking intent throughout the second-half, and only a superb challenge from Luke Croll on Emmanuel Longelo prevented the West Ham man from having a clear shot at goal from a favourable angle. West Ham’s attacks left them vulnerable at the other end, and City would have had another goal just after the hour mark, but for the upright – this time it was Matt Jay who was unlucky not to score as his looping header hit the crossbar.

Forte was unlucky not to secure his hat trick with just over 15 minutes to play; his effort from a difficult volley was well saved by Trott in the Hammers’ goal with a spectacular dive to his right-hand side.

The Grecians were comfortable in possession and managed a potentially difficult final stretch with a maturity that belied the ages of many of the younger players; the defensive unit remained compact and the whole side retained the ball superbly.

Attendance: 1,114 (142 away).

Exeter City: Hamon, Sweeney © (Croll 45), O’Shea, L Martin (Dodd 59), Forte, Jay, Oates (Sparkes 49), Abrahams, Ogbene, Collins, Dean.

Subs not used: Norman (GK), Tillson, Dyer, Boateng.

West Ham: Trott, Oxford ©, Scully (Spyrides 70), Akinola, Johnson, Longelo, Lewis, Alese, Rosa (Nebyla), Barrett (Hannam 54), Adarkwa.

Subs not used: Jinadu, Stroud, Nebyla, Okotcha.

Booked: Oxford

Up next at St James Park:

City take on Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, December 15 in a 3pm kick-off. Ticket prices are cheaper in advance. Click here to buy online.

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⚽️ UP NEXT: West Ham under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy

Adults from just £10 for Tuesday night's action at St James Park

24 September 2018

The Grecians return to action at St James Park this Tuesday as they take on West Ham under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy, kick-off 7:45pm.

Adults can purchase tickets from £10 for the match, with prices reduced across the board, Seniors/Students just £8 and under-18s just £3.

The Grecians have got off to a good start in this year's campaign. A 0-0 draw against Yeovil Town was followed by a penalty shootout win, earning City 2 points.

The competition provides a great opportunity for younger City players such as Archie Collins and Jack Sparkes to gain valuable playing time whilst a win provides a valuable revenue stream for the club.

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.

Admission prices are as follows:

Thatchers Big Bank

  • Adult: £10
  • Over 64/student: £8
  • Under-18: £3
  • Designated area: £8

IP Office Main Stand

  • Adult: £12
  • Over 64/Student: £10
  • Under-18: £4
  • Designated area: £10

Up next at St James Park:

City take on Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, December 15 in a 3pm kick-off. Ticket prices are cheaper in advance. Click here to buy online.

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