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📝 Match Preview: Rochdale (A)

City back on the road this weekend

26 November 2021

Exeter City will look to begin an unbeaten run as they travel to the Crown Oil Arena to take on Rochdale this Saturday.

Having seen their 20 match unbeaten run ended at the hands of Colchester United on Tuesday following a 3-1 defeat, Matt Taylor's men are keen to make amends and begin another good spell of form. 

The Dale are unbeaten in seven in the league and go into Saturday's match on the back of a 2-2 draw with Stevenage on their own patch. 

Matt Taylor's Thoughts

Matt has said that after their 3-1 defeat in Essex in midweek, the group remained positive and are keen to put things right. 

"It was a real moment, because it was great to hear voices after that defeat. Sometimes players wait to hear their manager's voice, or the captain's, but the fact they said the right things at the right time shows we have leaders in this squad," he said. 

"We go now and face a Rochdale side who are an interesting side to prepare for. They are a side who have outstanding players at this level. They score goals, especially at home, and they score early. 

"They've been in League One recently, so we have to understand the type of side we are up against."

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We have been allocated 405 seated tickets for the Reside Estate Agency Stand and prices are as follows:

  • Adults £22
  • Seniors (65+) £17
  • Young Person (12-21) £14
  • Junior (under 11) £7

We have also been allocated six pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets. Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled are charged their relevant age with an accompanied free carer, if needed. 

The Crown Oil Arena is now operating a barcoded entrance. There are no cash turnstiles.

Any supporter in possession of a concession ticket is recommended to bring proof of their qualification. Any ticket holder who is believed not to qualify will be directed to the ticket office to upgrade to the full adult price. 

Tickets will go off sale at 3pm on Friday 26 November. 

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel, run by the Supporters' Club is available for City's trip to Rochdale.

  • The coach will depart from Arena nightclub, Summerland Street at 7.30am for a fare of £43 for adults and £38 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) and 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) or Christopher Woolcott on 07803246593 or email: christopherwoolcott14@gmail.com.

How to Follow

Live audio commentary of the match is available in the UK on iFollow, those overseas are able to tune in to a live stream. Click here to purchase.

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You can keep up to date with all the action by following us on social media. After the match we will bring you reaction from manager Matt Taylor and a player.

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Rochdale's Last Match

Rochdale 2 Stevenage 2 | 23/11/21 | Sky Bet League Two

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: Rochdale AFC 1 Exeter City 1

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27 November 2021

George Ray netted his first goal for Exeter City as the Grecians were held to an entertaining draw by Rochdale.

The defender’s towering header was cancelled out by Max Taylor’s wonder strike on in a cold winters battle at the Crown Oil Arena.

Jake Beesley missed a first-half penalty and Josh Andrews hit the post for the home side. Padraig Amond was denied a late winner by a strong Jay Lynch.

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As the snow topped Dales offered a picturesque setting, there was only one enforced change for Matt Taylor’s side. Scott Brown was handed an Exeter City debut for the absent Cameron Dawson.

City, buoyed on by the impeccable vocal Grecian support, had the first effort of the day on five minutes. Jake Caprice took aim from range, though Dale keeper Jay Lynch was untroubled.

Rochdale warmed the home crowd in the ninth minute. Twice the City centre-halves had to endure stingers as shots from Conor Grant and Aaron Morley tested the back line.

George Ray had to clear from the line as Rochdale looked to play around the Exeter box. The Number 5 managing to stop Grant from opening the scoring with a left foot effort.

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Despite having long spells of possession Exeter were almost broken down on the counter-attack. Alex Hartridge had to come across to deny Jake Beesley a free shot on goal. From the resulting corner, Josh Andrews blazed wide  

On half an hour Rochdale’s directness forced a penalty. Josh Key adjudged to have fouled Grant in the box but Jake Beesley could only hit the post in a well-needed reprieve for Exeter.

Up the other end City almost took the lead themselves. Sam Nombe muscled his way through the midfield and crossed for the rushing Archie Collins in the centre. Collins touch took him slightly wider and the Dale defence got across to block.

The game opened up and Beesley again found space around the back though Scott Brown was comfortable making his first save as a City player.

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Tim Dieng had a header steered wide and a pop shot easily dealt with by Lynch as we edged toward the break.

Jevani Brown had the first attempt of the second half. He expertly brought the ball down on the turn and set his sights from the edge of the box. Easy for Lynch but a bright start to the second period.

The momentum favoured City and Matt Jay looked to take advantage of the rising winds. Lynch had to be on full alert to parry away the captain’s swirling strike.

Rochdale came the closest to breaking the deadlock. Abraham Odoh jinked his way into the Exeter box and without Hartridge’s nick could’ve found the bottom corner.

And just before the hour mark the Grecians took the lead through George Ray’s first goal for the club.

Exeter recycled a long Alex Hartridge long throw on the far side. Matt Jay hooked a ball back into the Rochdale 18-yard area. The centre-backs stayed up and Ray used his eternal neck muscles to guide the ball into the corner.

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Ray didn’t forget his day-job though and found himself heading clear a dangerous Dale attack from inside the six-yard box.

 Matt Jay went close to picking up the goal of the season award when his left-foot volley troubled the Rochdale keeper. Alas the scoreboard was unmoved.

Rochdale needed a bit of magic to get themselves back into the game and they found it through Max Taylor. The ball fell nicely to the defender from the edge of the box and his powerful effort gave Brown no chance.

Exeter’s luck was with them as the post came to the rescue on 75 minutes. Josh Andrews rattled the woodwork from 20 yards.

Podge Amond had a great chance to put Exeter ahead in the final few minutes. A lovely ball through from Nombe set the Irishman in but Lynch made himself big and thwarted the opportunity, which proved to be the last of the match.

Rochdale AFC: Lynch, O’Keefe, Taylor, O’Connell, Morley, Beesley, Grant, Dorsett, Odoh, Andrews, Kelly

Subs: Coleman, Dooley, Broadbent, Done, Cashman, Brierley, Scanlon  

 

Exeter City: S. Brown, Key (Sparkes 83’), Sweeney, Ray, Hartridge, Caprice, Dieng, Collins, Jay, J. Brown (Amond 78’), Nombe

Subs: Lee, Sparkes, Amond, Grounds, Kite, Edwards, Coley

 

Referee: Andy Haines

Attendance: 2,102 (321 away)

 

Next up, City return to St James Park on Tuesday to conclude their FA Cup first round tie with Bradford City.

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Ticket News

🎟 Tickets & Travel: Rochdale (A)

Details for our trip to the North-West

24 November 2021

Tickets for City's trip to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday 27th November to face Rochdale are now on sale from the ticket office and from your online account.

We have been allocated 405 seated tickets for the Reside Estate Agency Stand and prices are as follows:

  • Adults £22
  • Seniors (65+) £17
  • Young Person (12-21) £14
  • Junior (under 11) £7

We have also been allocated six pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets. Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled are charged their relevant age with an accompanied free carer, if needed. 

The Crown Oil Arena is now operating a barcoded entrance. There are no cash turnstiles.

Any supporter in possession of a concession ticket is recommended to bring proof of their qualification. Any ticket holder who is believed not to qualify will be directed to the ticket office to upgrade to the full adult price. 

Tickets will go off sale at 3pm on Friday 26 November. 

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel, run by the Supporters' Club is available for City's trip to Rochdale.

  • The coach will depart from Arena nightclub, Summerland Street at 7.30am for a fare of £43 for adults and £38 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) and 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) or Christopher Woolcott on 07803246593 or email: christopherwoolcott14@gmail.com.

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