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📝 Match Preview: Exeter City v Cheltenham Town

A look ahead to our opening trophy match

3 September 2019

Exeter City begin their Trophy campaign when they welcome Cheltenham Town to St James Park in a 7.45pm kick-off on Tuesday evening.

Last season the Grecians made it through to the knockout stages of the competition before exiting at the hands of Peterborough United. City's group campaign saw them impress as they finished top of the group ahead of Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town and West Ham United under-21s.


Cheltenham Town began their Sky Bet League Two campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient before bouncing back with a 4-1 win over Scunthorpe United on their first home match of the season. They then exited the Carabao Cup following a 3-0 defeat to League One side Bristol Rovers before travelling north to Morecambe to claim a 0-0 draw away from home. Town continued their good start at home when they beat Carlisle United 2-0 before picking up a 2-2 draw with Swindon Town, who have been strong in the early stages of the campaign. They come into this match following a trip to Crawley Town where they were beaten 1-0 following an injury time winner from Ollie Palmer.


On the match, Cheltenham manager Michael Duff said: “It’s nothing new playing Saturday and then Tuesday. It’s an away game so it’s an opportunity to put today (Saturday’s defeat to Crawley) right. We’ll count the bodies on Monday and see who is fit and who isn’t fit and pick a team from there.


The sides last met back in April in Sky Bet League Two in a 1-1 draw at the Jonny-Rocks stadium.

Dean Moxey gave the Grecians the lead with a first half goal before the home side levelled form the penalty spot on the hour mark following a Christy Pym sending off.



The IP Office and the Thatchers’ Big Bank will only be open for this fixture with turnstiles opening at 6:45pm.

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


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.


BBC Radio Devon will not be covering the fixture, but you can stream the game through the club’s Ifollow service. 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 will be open as normal from 8:30am right through until supporters have dispersed from the stadium following the full-time whistle, giving you the opportunity to make some purchases, including the new away shirt! There is a great range for all City supporters including training wear, mugs, scarves and a selection of pocked money items for kids.


The Junior Grecians are the Official Junior Supporters Club of Exeter City FC.

The room provides a safe comfortable environment for families to enjoy pre-match entertainment, such as a large screen TVs, Playstation consoles and Table Football, as well as the option to enjoy refreshments from the Zone’s very own kiosk.

A feature wall displaying a packed Big Bank also provides a photo-sharing opportunity using the #jgzone hashtag. There are activities and competitions to suit all junior age groups, from FIFA19 and Table Football tournaments to free Activity Packs for younger children.


The Zone also features a VIP party area and there are several party packages available to book throughout the season.

So, if you are visiting St James Park on a matchday with children, be sure to pop in to the family zone!


Season tickets for the 20/21 campaign are now on sale and play a huge part in enabling your club remains financially stable and well prepared

By purchasing a season ticket in the super saver period, you will not only make huge and the best savings on admission for the campaign, but enable the club to operate fully whilst we have a period of no matches and minimal income. Find out more by clicking here.


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Match Reports

📝 Match report: Exeter City 1 Cheltenham Town 0

Nicky Ajose's first goal for City gets Trophy campaign off to a winning start

3 September 2019

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Exeter City began their Trophy campaign with a 1-0 win over Cheltenham Town at St James Park.

Although it was still a strong line-up, there were plenty of changes made by City boss Matt Taylor with Ben Seymour, Jordan Tillson and Johnny Maxted making their second starts of the season after all playing the full 90 minutes against Coventry City in the EFL Cup. 


The first clear cut chance of the game fell to the Grecians and it was another early goal as Nicky Ajose tapped home in the fourth-minute. Matt Jay curled in a low free-kick and this time summer signing Ajose opened his body up well to guide the pace of the ball beyond Rhys Lovett.

City were constant throughout the first period with their pressure from the front forcing mistakes out of Cheltenham. Alex Fisher led the line expertly, with Ajose, Jay and Seymour all pressing well. 

As the minuted progressed, Town did look slightly more comfortable on the ball and George Lloyd used his frightening pace get the better of Gary Warren, but the experienced defender managed to stop him in his tracks with a tactical foul on the edge of the penalty area. 

Moments before half-time Joshua Debayo whipped in a dangerous cross to the back post where Lloyd was left free, the Cheltenham winger managed to take a touch and shoot, however his effort was wayward and flew high over Maxted’s crossbar. 

At the other end, Jake Taylor lofted a terrific ball over the top of the Robins’ defence straight into Jay’s path, unfortunately the midfielder who had assisted the first curled just wide of Lovett’s left-hand post. 

Josh Key replaced captain Taylor early on in the second-half, and not long after his introduction the 19-year-old fired a speculative half-volley from range which sailed over Lovett’s goal. 

Another of Taylor’s substitutes came on in the early stages of the second period and looked to change things, this time Randell Williams found some space on the left-hand side and fired a cross into Seymour who couldn’t quite make contact with a diving header. 

City’s domination continued and as Seymour looked to latch onto a long ball he forced an error out of Lovett who completely missed the ball when swiping despairingly, luckily for the Robins the loose ball was swept up before the young forward could capitalise. 

Town did register one more shot on target before the final whistle and Maxted was forced into a regulation save from eight-yards to stop Ben Tozer from grabbing a point late on. 

A win puts City at the top of the Southern Group E, with Newport County hosting West Ham United’s U21s on Wednesday evening. 

Exeter City: Maxted (GK), Woodman, Tillson, Ajose (Chrisene 86), Parkes, Warren, Jay, Fisher (Williams 62), Richardson, Taylor (C) (Key 53’), Seymour. Unused subs: Ward (GK), A. Martin, Sparkes, Collins. 

Cheltenham Town: Lovett (GK), Tozer (C), Bowery, Thomas, Campbell, Broom, Debayo, Brennan (Long 78’), Lloyd, Chamberlain (Addai 78), Greaves (Raglan 78). Unused subs: Flinders (GK), Hussey, Reilly. 

Yellow cards: Warren. Attendance: 786 (38)


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Ticket News

🎟 HOME TICKETS: Cheltenham Town (Tuesday, September 3)

Tickets now on sale for our Trophy match at home to Cheltenham Town

19 August 2019

Tickets, priced just £10 for adults, are now available for our first Leasing.Com Trophy game of the season at home to Cheltenham Town.

City reached the knockout stages of the competition last season, whilst giving some of the talented youngsters in our Academy much-needed experience of first-team football. 

City drew away at Yeovil Town and beat West Ham United under-21s and Bristol City at home last season, whilst giving debuts to James Dodd and Josh Key and game time to Joel Randall who scored his first goal for the club against Bristol Rovers in the competition. 

Ticket for our match with Cheltenham Town can be purchased here.

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
Over64/student: £10
Under-18: £4
Designated area: £10
*The Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand will not be open for this fixture

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