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📝 Match Preview: Bristol Rovers (A)

West Country derby this Saturday

26 February 2022

Exeter City make their shortest trip of the season this weekend as we travel up the M5 to take on West Country rivals Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.

Having seen last Saturday's home match with Barrow postponed, it will be the Grecians' first run out in 11 days, with City going into the match on a run of six wins from eight, with four wins in a row following our last gasp winner over Harrogate Town in our last outing. 

The Gas are also in electric form, having lost just one of their last eleven matches, keeping four clean sheets in a row and winning their last three - including Tuesday night's 2-0 victory away at Leyton Orient. 

This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season, with City winning 4-1 and 5-3 in the earlier league and Papa John's Trophy clashes, both at St James Park. 

Kit

The Grecians will be in our anthracite grey and pink away kit for this match, with the yellow goalkeeper strip.

Matt Taylor's Thoughts

In what could be considered a 'local' game for the Grecians, Taylor expects a tough match against one of the division's best sides in recent weeks.

"We travel to a team in good form, who are keeping clean sheets and scoring goals at will," he said.

"They have some outstanding players at this level, but we're in good form ourselves coming off the back of the win over Harrogate.

"I know we sold out weeks ago, and I'm sure as a reflection of their good form, the home fans will fill the stands as well. Hopefully it's a fantastic atmosphere.

"It's always a good pitch and a big pitch, and a good place to play football, so hopefully as always it's a good reflection on two good teams."

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Tickets

Saturday's match is SOLD OUT as 1,129 Grecians will back their side this weekend. There will be no sales on the day at Bristol and supporters without a ticket should not travel to the match, as they WILL NOT be able to gain entry.

How to Follow

Not one of the luck 1,129 at the Memorial Stadium this weekend? Fear not, get the next best thing and listen LIVE on iFollow!

By purchasing a match pass at the cost of just £2.50 you'll get access to the audio stream which includes the live BBC Radio Devon commentary.

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The match pass revenue goes directly to the club, so you will be showing your support from home!

Overseas viewers can watch the action with a £10 match pass. 

To purchase a match pass please click here.

Previous Encounter

City 5 Bristol Rovers 3 | 10/11/2021 | Papa John's Trophy

The Grecians blew away the Gas in the first half of the Papa John's Trophy clash, as they led 5-0 at the break. Josh Coley and Padraig Amond both scored braces while Tim Dieng also found the net as Matt Taylor's team scored three inside the first 12 minutes. Rovers mounted a comeback in the second half with three goals, but it was too little, too late. 

 

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: Bristol Rovers 1 Exeter City 1

Our write-up of Saturdays clash with the Gas

26 February 2022

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Exeter City battled to an entertaining point away at Bristol Rovers.

Jevani Brown equalised for the Grecians in an action packed first half, in which Luca Hoole had opened the scoring for the hosts.

Brown hit the woodwork in the second as the visitors looked the more likely to break the deadlock.

Matt Jay and  Josh Coley could have stolen the win for Exeter in the dying moments, though Gas keeper James Belshaw remained vigilant.

The point means City stretch the unbeaten run to nine in the league.

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Matt Taylor opted for a familiar side to take on the in-form Rovers. Sam Stubbs recovered from a late test on his shoulder to take his place in the back line.

Buoyed on by the packed home crowd, the Gas had the better of the early exchanges and broke through in the tenth minute.

Luca Hoole squeezed his effort between Cam Dawson and the post after a low corner was swung in.

The first sighter for City came ten minutes later. Captain Mat Jay slghtly over hit a pass to the free Josh Key in the middle. A toe from the number 12 would have pulled City level.

City weathered the storm and grew into the game. Jake Caprice found some space on the left hand side and delivered a ball in. After a game of pinball, Jevani Brown had a go and picked out the top corner.

The game remained open and Rovers thought they had a second moments later. Another corner caused problems and Aaron Collins thought he’d bundled the ball over the line if not for Sam Nombe’s divine intervention.

Dawson had to remain alert to Connor Taylor’s long range drive. Comfortably nestling in the keeper’s midriff.

Rovers maintained their shoot on sight policy trying to capitalise on the strong headwinds. Dawson watched calmly as another Taylor shot flew into his arms.

Cam Dawson was forced into an instinctive save seconds into the second period. A weighted ball through deceived the City defence but Cam was quick off his line to stop Collins’ chance.

Five minutes into the half Cheick Diabate fell awkwardly and had to be stretchered off in a worrying blow for Matt Taylor. Jonathan Grounds was his replacement.

Taylor again seemed the likeliest, or at least the most keen, to put his side ahead. On this occasion he found a bit of space in the box and fired over.

Kieran Phillips was next to be introduced with just over twenty minutes to play for Sam Nombe. In the next attack City came within inches of taking the lead.

A long goal kick from Cam Dawson fell kindly to Jevani Brown on the wide left. A neat ball inside to MJ allowed the skipper to turn and shoot but the ball whistled past the post.

Jay then had another great chance on 75 minutes to find the net. Brown and Archie Collins worked the ball wide to Jay who fired straight at James Belshaw.

The Grecians then came within a whisker with Brown rattling the woodwork in trademark style. A cut inside to his left foot looked to pick out the top left corner. On this occasion Jevani could only find the upright.

Substitute Josh Coley had a gilt-edged chance to win it in the first minute of stoppage time. MJ poked the ball wide to the winger who could only place his effort wide.

Kieran Phillips missed the opportunity to net the winner reacting first to an Archie Collins free-kcik but he couldn’t direct his header goalward.

And that’s how it stayed as City picked up an important point on the road.

Bristol Rovers: Belshaw, Connolly, Finley (Loft 46’), Collins (Thomas 76’), Nicholson (Whelan 90’), E. Anderson, Coutts ©, Taylor, H. Anderson, Evans, Hoole

Subs: Jaakola, Thomas, Clarke, Anderton, Whelan, Nolan, Loft

Exeter City: Dawson, Caprice, Diabate (Grounds 53’), Stubbs, Sweeney, Key, Collins, Dieng, Jay ©, Brown (Coley 85’), Nombe (Phillips 69’)

Subs: S.Brown, Sparkes, Atangana, Phillips, Taylor, Grounds, Coley

Referee: Peter Wright

Attendance: 9,689 (1128 away)

City travel to Nottinghamshire next Friday looking to return to winning ways. Book tickets here.

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Ticket News

🎟 Bristol Rovers tickets SOLD OUT

Watch City on the road in our closest trip of the season

1 February 2022

Tickets for Exeter City's match against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, February 26 are now SOLD OUT.

We were allocated a total 1129 tickets (850 terrace and 279 seated). Thank you for your fantastic support.

Ticket Collections

Supporters are encouraged to collect their tickets from the club shop before Friday, February 25, otherwise tickets will be taken to Bristol Rovers for collection.

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel has also sold out for the trip to Bristol.

  • The coach will depart at 10:45am.

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services), junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton). All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.

PLEASE NOTE: Face coverings are required to travel on Grecian Travel. This does not apply if you are exempt.

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