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📝 Match Preview: Sutton United (A)

First match of 2022

31 December 2021

After three long weeks without a match, Exeter City will kick off their 2022 with a first ever trip to the VBS Community Stadium to take on Sutton United.

Following postponements to our matches with Port Vale, Portsmouth, Swindon Town and Forest Green Rovers due to Covid-19 in various camps, this will be the Grecians first match since a 1-0 defeat to Tranmere Rovers on December 11. 

Football League newcomers Sutton United have been the surprise package in League Two this season, sitting in the play-off places on Boxing Day. Their last match was a 1-0 win over Harrogate Town at the VBS Community Stadium, locally known as Gander Green Lane. 

The South London side have won seven of their nine home league matches this season, losing only to Swindon and Walsall. 

Matt Taylor's Thoughts

With the squad suffering the effects of a Covid-19 outbreak and an accumulation of injuries, Taylor only has a select number of players available for the trip, hinting that 'the squad picks itself' for the clash at the VBS Community Stadium.

"It's been a disjointed training group. We had eleven fit outfield players, plus two goalkeepers today," he said. 

"It's not been ideal preparation, but we are actually looking forward to playing a game of football.

"There'll be some new faces and new partnerships but we will try and keep the Exeter City ethos. We will put out a team we think can physically cope with the demands of the game. 

"It's an opportunity for us and it's the first opportunity of a three-game week.

"There is no pressure on this group of players this weekend."

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Tickets

Our full allocation of tickets is now SOLD OUT, subject to returns.

Due to the VBS Community Stadium's redevelopments, we had been allocated a maximum of 470 tickets in the away stand (Gates 9 & 10)- all of which have now been sold. 

There is a small potential there may be a final few tickets available in the coming days, through returns. If this is the case we will provide an update.

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel, completely run by the Supporters' Club, and not for profit, is available for City's trip to Sutton United.

  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 8:30am for a fare of £34 for adults or £29 for under-16s.

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.

How to buy

Currently Grecian Travel can only be booked directly.

For more information or to book please contact John Bishop on 07904 036334 or by email at: john.bishop760@btinternet.com (after 6pm).

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Previous Encounter

Exeter City 2 Sutton United 0 | 18/09/21 | Sky Bet League Two

The Grecians survived a Sutton first half onslaught to pick up three valuable points, thanks to a Sam Nombe strike and an own goal from Ben Goodliffe. 

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: Sutton United 2 Exeter City 1

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1 January 2022

Exeter City fell to a late defeat at the hands of Sutton United at the VBS Community Stadium.

Rob Milsom’s 88th minute penalty proved the difference on a difficult afternoon for the Grecians.

Sutton took the lead in the seventh minute but Tim Dieng equalised almost immediately as Exeter looked for a foothold in the game.

In a game of few chances, Milsom capitalised on Sam Stubbs’ late foul and the home side took all three points. 

Matt Taylor was enforced into a host of changes from December 11’s fixture with Tranmere. Cheick Diabate and Sam Stubbs made their league debuts.

City sought to make early inroads and forced a corner from the left. Though Sutton keeper Dean Bouzanis flapped at the first cross, he showed more confidence Harry Kite’s floated delivery back in.

To start a crazy passage of play, Sutton though took the lead in the seventh minute. Omar Bugiel headed home at the far post. But City pegged back just a minute later through on-the-day captain Tim Dieng.

A long-range effort from Jake Caprice was spilled by Bouzanis and there was the silky Frenchman to tap home on the rebound!

Both sides were playing free-flowing football. Sutton threatened Cam Dawson from range but the City shot stopper was more than a match.

Harry Kite was alert to deny Enzio Boldewijn an opening. Kite diverted the winger’s effort wide. Dawson again got down well to Louis John’s speculative effort on 38 minutes.

City’s new defensive duo of Stubbs and Diabate were dealing well with Sutton’s gameplan. The makeshift pairing kept strong guard in a first half where concentration levels could have dwindled.

Sutton began the second half on the front foot without testing Dawson. City were made to work hard for any openings up the other end.

The hour mark approached with few chances for either side created. Cheick Diabate’s wonderful afternoon came to an end on 65 minutes. A great debut called short with an injury scare and Jordan Dyer came on to replace him.

Dyer, who only returned from his loan at Bath on Thursday, was thrusted straight into the action blocking Donovan Wilson’s ranged effort, before mirroring the action a couple minutes later.

City failed to capitalise on a hairy moment from Bouzanis. Podge Amond beat the Sutton keeper to a wide ball but as the U’s regrouped, Jish Key’s cross was claimed by the returning shot stopper.

Substitute Jonathan Grounds was in the right place at the right time to halt a certain Sutton goal. Neat interchange between Joe Kizzie and Donavan Wilson allowed the latter to shoot. With Dawson beaten, the newly-introduced defender thankfully knocked the ball away.

City sent the cavalry forward and carved out their best chance of the half with 12 minutes to play. Grounds strangely snuck behind the high United line and backheeled to Jevani Brown. Brown’s floated ball was met by Amond, who could only head over.

With a couple minutes left on the clock, Sutton United were gifted a penalty after a clumsy challenge. Rob Milsom made no mistake from the spot and United had a gained a late lead.

City couldn't quite find the inspiration to equalise and that's how the scores stayed.

Sutton United: Bouzanis, Barden (Davis 90’), Goodliffe, John, Bugiel (Bennett 80’), Olaofe (Wyatt 90’), Boldewijn, Kizzi, Milsom, Wilson, Smith

Subs: Wyatt, House, Dundas 

Exeter City: Dawson, Key, Stubbs, Diabate (Dyer 65’), Caprice, Dieng (Grounds 72’), Collins, Kite, Edwards (Jay 77’), J. Brown, Amond

Subs: S. Brown, Taylor, Jay, Seymour 

Referee: Alan Young

Attendance: 3,278 (482 away)

City return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to table-toppers Forest Green Rovers

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Ticket News

🎟️ Sutton United tickets SOLD OUT

All tickets sold for New Years Day

27 December 2021

Our full allocation of tickets for our New Years Day trip to Sutton United are now sold out, subject to returns.

Due to the VBS Community Stadium's redevelopments, we had been allocated a maximum of 470 tickets in the away stand (Gates 9 & 10)- all of which have now been sold. 

There is a small potential there may be a final few tickets available in the coming days, through returns. If this is the case we will provide an update.

Thank you for your fantastic support and to all who have purchased tickets for our first ever trip to Gander Green Lane, we can't wait to see you there!

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