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📝 Match preview: West Ham United under-21s

All you need to know ahead of Wednesday's Trophy match

13 November 2019

Exeter City will be looking to confirm their qualification for the next stage of the Trophy as they face West Ham United under-21s on Wednesday night in a 7pm kick-off.

The Grecians need a point to guarantee qualification but dependent on the result in the match between Cheltenham Town and Newport County could find themselves already through ahead of the match.

City have been in fine form in the competition so far, beating Cheltenham Town at SJP 1-0 and Newport County 2-0 at Rodney Parade and all is set for another great clash under the lights.

Ahead of the match Matt Jay said that the team is looking forward to the challenge. He said: "It's a competition that we have done well in so far, so we will be looking to get another three points. We are all looking forward to it like we do every other game."


Exeter City 2 West Ham United under-21s 0 | 25 September 2018

City faced West Ham United under-21s in the compeition last year and would come out on top 2-0 thanks to a double from Jonathan Forte.


The IP Office and the Thatchers’ Big Bank will only be open for this fixture with turnstiles opening at 6pm.

Please note that the Jungle Path is closed for entry to the Big Bank, so all access is via the Stadium Way turnstiles.

Ticket prices are as follows:

IP Office:

  • Adults: £12
  • Senior/Student: £10
  • Under-18: £4

Thatchers’ Big Bank:

  • Adults: £10
  • Senior/Student: £8
  • Under-18: £3

Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here.


There will be a reduced size of The Grecian for our matches. In a 16-page programme, we cast an eye of over last season’s campaign as well as the current City squad members who have made their debuts in the competition. We also profile all three of our opponents in our group matches.


Team sheets, signed by a player will be available for a donation, which goes directly to the academy to support our future stars.


BBC Radio Devon will not be covering the fixture but the club will be providing its own commentary. The match can be streamed through the club’s Ifollow service. Click here to find out more.

Otherwise we will have live match updates on our Twitter page, and we’ll provide regular updates across Facebook and Instagram. Post-match interviews with manager Matt Taylor and a City player will also be available following the match along with a full report of how the Grecians fared.

Exeter City on social media


The club shop will be open until 7pm on Wednesday, giving you the opportunity to make some purchases ahead of the match including the popular new third and away kits!

There is a great range for all City supporters including training wear, mugs, scarves and a selection of pocked money items for kids.


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Match Reports

📝 Match report: Exeter City 3 West Ham United under-21 1

Grecians qutop the group with win over West Ham

13 November 2019

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Exeter City made sure of a home tie in the knockout stages of the Trophy with a 3-1 win over West Ham United under-21s.

Two goals from Joel Randall and a header from Jordan Tillson gave City the three points and kept their 100 per cent record in the competition this season going. 


Manager Matt Taylor made 10 changes from the side that drew with Cambridge United in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, with only Pierce Sweeney remaining in the team.

South African keeper Dino Visser made his first start for City, while Josh Key, Will Dean, Alex Hartridge, Ben Seymour and Joel Randall all were given spots in a youthful starting XI.

City went into the game knowing, thanks to Newport County’s 7-4 win over Cheltenham on Tuesday night, that they had qualified for the knockout stages of the competition. However, West Ham United needed a point to qualify, while the Grecians also needed a point to be sure of topping the group.

The Grecians started the match brightly and nudged themselves in front, after nine minutes, when Visser’s long kick up field was flicked on by Seymour for Randall to race through one-on-one and send a first-time shot past Krisztian Hegyi.

However, the lead lasted just eight minutes as Harrison Ashby went over a trailing leg in the box to earn his side a penalty, which was converted by Joe Powell.

West Ham had another chance 10-minutes later as Ashby got in on the right side of the area once more, but this time he skied a bouncing ball over the crossbar.

City hit back on the half hour as Jack Sparkes won and took a free-kick on the edge of the area, which forced Hegyi into a routine save and then, following a good dummy from Randall, Jake Taylor got in on the right side of the box and struck a low shot that the West Ham keeper blocked with his legs and then gathered.

However, the game started to drift towards half-time as both sides sturggled to create anything of note in the final 10 minutes of the first period. 

City were the side pressing at the start of the second half as well, but it took them until the 55th-minute to get their first sight at goal as Sparkes won the ball high up the pitch before playing a one-two with Randall and curling an effort towards goal that deflected away to safety.

Sparkes was again in the thick of the action just before the hour mark as he side-stepped a challenge in midfield before unleashing a 30-yard effort that cannoned off the base of the post.

West Ham looked threatening on the counter though and Visser had to be off his line smartly to block Daniel Kemp’s effort when he was played in on goal.

Substitute Ryan Bowman then drilled a shot low to the bottom corner that was turned behind by Hegyi before Nathan Holland responded with a long-range effort that whistle inches wide of the post.

However, it was City who deservedly nudged themselves in front, with 12 minutes left, when Sparkes sent a free-kick, near the corner flag, to the back post for Tillson to nod home.

Randall then came so close to making it 3-1, but after racing in on the left side of the box his slide finish cannoned off the inside of the post and was cleared out of the six-yard box.

However, the striker was given the chance to get his second moments later as Bowman profited from a loose back pass to square the ball to him on the edge of the six yard box where he smashed the ball home.

Exeter City: Visser, Sweeney (Richardson, 45), Hartridge, Moxey (Bowman, 57), Key, Dean, Taylor, Tillson, Sparkes, Seymour (Chrisene, 78), Randall. Subs not used: Maxted, Williams, Jay, Fisher.

West Ham United under-21s: Hegyi, Holland, Lewis, Rosa, Kemp, Powell, Longelo, Chesters (Corbett, 79), Baptiste, Parker, Ashby (Caiger, 70). Subs not used: Jinaadu, Giddings, Appiah-Forson, Greenidge, Nsumbu.

Attendance: 807 (69 away)


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Ticket News

🎟 UP NEXT AT SJP: West Ham under-21 ( Trophy)

Tickets now on sale for Trophy match

10 November 2019

Exeter City return to action at St James Park to face West Ham under-21s in the final Trophy group match on Wednesday, November 13 in a 7pm kick-off.

The Grecians sit top of M with two wins from two and will potentially just require a point to progress to the next stage.

Both the Thatchers Big Bank and IP Office Main Stand will be in operation on the night and ticket prices for the match are as follows.

Thatchers Big Bank

  • Adult: £10
  • Senior/student: £8
  • Under-18s: £3
  • Designated area: £8

IP Office Main Stand

  • Adult: £12
  • Senior/student: £10
  • Under-18: £4
  • Designated area: £10

Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here. Tickets can also be purchased from the club shop or by calling 01392 411 243.

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