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📝 Match Preview: Walsall (H)

City back on home turf

1 October 2021

Exeter City are back on home turf this weekend when they take on Walsall at St James Park.

The Grecians returned from the North-East with a point last time out after a 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United and recorded an unbeaten September to register seven games without defeat, conceding just once last month. In their last match at SJP, City ran out 2-0 winners against Sutton United.

The Saddlers - coincidentally also managed by a Matt Taylor - lost 2-1 at Bristol Rovers last time out, which was their second defeat in a row. They currently sit in 22nd place in the League Two table with eight points from nine league matches. 

(Our) Matt Taylor's Thoughts

His side come into the game on the back of seven unbeaten matches, but he is wary of the threat of the Midlands side.

"We expect them to be stronger than they have been recenrly and they have some really talented and excited players," he said.

"We are of course excited to be back at home after a long away trip and we'll be looking to put in a good performance on the back of the match here against Sutton.

"We hope to create chances and hurt the opposition, but both teams will be going out there to win it. We also have to be in a position where we can change the game if it not going our way."

Hear Matt's thoughts 👇

Tickets

E-tickets are the easiest and quickest way to buy tickets for City matches. On ordering you can select to receive an e-ticket which will be emailed to your phone for you to show on the turnstile - no need to print!

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To purchase tickets online, please click here. Please note that you will need to log in to purchase.

You can also call the club during the normal office hours on 01392 411243 or visit the club shop and reception in person between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. We ask that you please buy online where possible.

Admission prices 

Big Bank     IP Office/Stagecoach    
Ticket Type Advance Gate Ticket Type Advance Gate
Adult £19 £20 Adult £25 £26
Senior £16 £17 Senior £22 £23
Young Adult 18-23 £16 £17 Young Adult 18-23 £22 £23
Under-18 £7 £8 Under-18 £12 £13
Wheelchair Area £16 £17 Wheelchair Area £22 £23
Junior Grecians   --- Junior Grecians   ---

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.

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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Match Day Info

Matchday Guide

Many things may have changed since your last visit to SJP, so please take time to familiarise yourself with our new match day guide, which highlights everything you need to know for your return to the ground. 

The Key Timings

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Centre Spot Bar

The Centre Spot Bar will be open from 11am and will be showing the day's early and late kick offs on their selection of TV screens. After the match, draft pints of Tribute, Carlsberg and Thatchers are on offer for just £3 per pint

The Centre Spot is also home to The Famous Exeter City Real Ale and Cider Emporium, offering a great selection of real ales and ciders.

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Junior Grecians Zone

The Junior Grecians Zone is open to members from 12.30pm and open to all from 1.30pm, with plenty of activities for all our young Grecian supporters. 

In Red Square, the bar and Kenniford Farm's van will also be open for refreshments and hot food.

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Club Shop

The club shop is open from 12pm to 5pm on matchdays and is stocked with all three of City's kits for the 21/22 season as well as a range of training gear and pocket money items.

Don't forget, Supporters' Trust members save 10% on full prices purchases!

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Jungle Path Kiosk

From Saturday, the kiosk on the Jungle Path will be selling pints of Thatchers Big Apple, cans of Thatchers Gold and bottle of Carlsberg, as well as all the usual half time snacks including pies, pasties and beverages. 

Food and Drink

One of the most important part of any match day! We have a wide range of hot and cold drinks and snacks available at the kiosk for away fans.

Hot Food

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In Red Square you will find the Kenniford Farm van serving local delicious hot food such as hog roasts and chips.

One To Watch

Stephen Ward, Full Back

Experienced defender Stephen Ward arrived at the Banks's Stadium this summer. The former Republic of Ireland international began his career at Bohemians before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2007. Ward played at Euro 2012 and 2016 before retiring from international football in 2019.

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He made 239 appearances for Wolves and helped them win promotion to the Premier League in 2009. Ward had a loan spell at Brighton & Hove Albion in the 2013-14 season before he left Molineux on a permanent basis to join Burnley. He spent five seasons at Turf Moor but left in 2019 to join Stoke City in the Championship.

This season, the 36-year-old put pen to paper at the Banks’s Stadium and started every game so far, looking fairly solid, despite the Saddlers slow start.

Walsall's Previous Match

Walsall 1 Bristol Rovers 2 | 25/08/21 | Sky Bet League Two

Walsall were beaten by a stoppage time goal by Bristol Rovers, who picked up their first away win since December 2019. 

Previous Encounter

City 0 Walsall 0 | 02/03/21 | Sky Bet League Two 

City v Walsall ended goalless for the second time in a row in a match where neither side could find a clear opening. 

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Match Reports

📝Match Report: Exeter City 2 Walsall F.C. 2

Our write-up of the Matt Taylor 'Derby'

2 October 2021

Tim Dieng and Sam Nombe were on the scoresheet as Exeter City were held to an entertaining draw against a spirited Walsall.

The Grecians grabbed an early lead through Dieng’s downward header, before Walsall dominated most of the first half and George Miller’s penalty found them level.

After the break Matt Jay missed a penalty of his own, as his effort crashed off the underside of the bar and away.

But City did retake the lead on the hour, as Sam Nombe netted for the third game running before thorn-in-the-side Miller restored parity with a header.

In a tale of Matt Taylors, the Exeter City variant opted for one alteration to his starting line-up. Harry Kite returned to the squad for the unavailable Kyle… umm… Taylor.

Before kick-off, St James Park remembered the late Kevin Hack with a minute's applause. Thank you, Kevin for your years of service at Exeter City and in the Community Trust.

And it was the start Super Kev would have dreamt of as it only took five minutes for City to break through!

From the first attack, Jevani Brown sprung a high Walsall line. The striker calmy rolled the ball back to Pierce Sweeney to deliver. Tim Dieng clambered highest to head down, one bounce, off the inside of the post, one-nil City.

The Frenchman’s best scoring season prior to joining Exeter was four. Already this year, Dieng now has three.  

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City with their tails up carved out another chance a minute later. Brown was set free through the middle, but with options left and right, opted to shoot but it was comfortable for Carl Rushworth in the Walsall goal.

The visitors came close on 11 minutes. Josh Key brought down his opponent on the edge of the box. Manny Monthe delivered the free kick and the ball whizzed wide of Cam Dawson’s far post.

And Walsall had a gilt-edged chance to get level. George Miller should have capitalised on a George Ray slip. Dawson done well to make himself big, and Miller flashed it wide.

City could have doubled their lead on 24 minutes.

An almighty scramble in the Grecians penalty area was cleared by Sweeney and Harry Kite led the counter charge. He played Brown, to Matt Jay. He waited for Jake Caprice’s overlap, but Miller tracked back and halted the chance.

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From the corner, Rollin Menayesse sliced a ball high and wide. MJ kept the ball alive and found Dieng again, but an important intervention from Kiernan Phillips was needed.

Phillips almost turned provider for Walsall on 28 minutes. Sweeney misjudged a pass, for Phillips to retrieve. His ball in was on a tuppence for Miller, who could only flick wide.

Sweeney made amends soon after. Emmanuel Osadebe burst into the City box and there was the defender to sweep away on the slide. As pressure mounted on the Grecians, the melee from the resulting corner was gratefully turned into Dawson’s arms.

The visitors were very much aggrieved after 33 minutes. Captain Joss Labadie was felled in the box but to no agreement from Mr Wright- the man in black.

The referee’s conscience probably played a part in his next decision. Harry Kite made a strong but fair challenge inside the box, but this time Peter Wright did point to the spot. George Miller smashed home for a deserved equaliser for the Saddlers.   

Cam Dawson had to be alert with a couple minutes left of the half. Hayden White went for goal at range. The City keeper spilled the initial effort but swiftly reacted to collect the loose ball.

Straight after the break, City had a penalty of their own. Tim Dieng was tripped in the area and the linesman guided the referee to the decision. Matt Jay stepped up and uncharacteristically blasted it against the cross bar.

Exeter were the more progressive of the two sides after the break and got their reward on the hour!

The ball was bouncing around the midfield before dropping to Jevani Brown. The City number 20 looped a delicious pass over the top of the Walsall back line. The blistering Sam Nombe ran onto it, shrugged off his defender and rolled the ball into the corner for his third goal in as many consecutive games. Man. In. Form.

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The lead only lasted ten minutes.

Menayesee was given far too much time to cross on the right-hand side. George Miller dispatched the header in front of the travelling 370 Saddlers.     

Moving into the last ten minutes, both Matt Taylors looked to the bench. Nigel Atangana was introduced and layed a lovely ball forward to Nombe. A bit of trickery allowed room for Brown on the edge to receive the ball and shoot, but Rushworth was equal to it.

Nombe burst through a minute later after being set away by Archie Collins, but contrary to the belief of the IP Office Stand he could only find the side-netting.

Ultimately, neither side found a winner and shared the points on a wet and windy day in Devon. Next up for City is a trip to Cheltenham in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday night.

Exeter City: Dawson, Caprice, Hartridge, Ray, Sweeney (Coley 46’), Key, Kite (Collins 46’), Dieng (Atangana 75’), Jay ©, Brown, Nombe

Subs: Lee, Atangana, Amond, Daniel, Grounds

Walsall FC: Rushworth, White, Ward, Labadie ©, Monthe, Kiernan (Shade 70’), Osadebe, Miller, Phillips, Earing, Menayesee

Subs: Rose, Bates, Leak, Perry, Mills, Sadler

Referee: Peter Wright

Attendance: 4,839 (370 away)

 

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Ticket News

🎟 Tickets and Hospitality: Walsall

All you need to know ahead of City's next home match

30 September 2021

The Grecians are next in action at St James Park on Saturday, October 2 against Walsall in a 3pm kick-off.

By buying tickets in advance you can save money and avoid the queues on match day.

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E-tickets

E-tickets are the easiest and quickest way to buy tickets for City matches. On ordering you can select to receive an e-ticket which will be emailed to your phone for you to show on the turnstile - no need to print!

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Admission prices 

Big Bank     IP Office/Stagecoach    
Ticket Type Advance Gate Ticket Type Advance Gate
Adult £19 £20 Adult £25 £26
Senior £16 £17 Senior £22 £23
Young Adult 18-23 £16 £17 Young Adult 18-23 £22 £23
Under-18 £7 £8 Under-18 £12 £13
Wheelchair Area £16 £17 Wheelchair Area £22 £23
Junior Grecians   --- Junior Grecians   ---

How to Buy

To purchase tickets online, please click here. Please note that you will need to log in to purchase.

You can also call the club during the normal office hours on 01392 411243 or visit the club shop and reception in person between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. We ask that you please buy online where possible.

Junior Grecians Tickets 

Junior Grecians members get access to free match tickets when purchased alongside a paying adult. There are three family friendly areas available at St James Park, section E in the IP Office Main Stand, in Block A of the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand, and a section of the Thatchers Big Bank which is identified by the white barriers).

How to buy

To book Junior Grecians tickets, please make sure you are logged in first. Then select an Adult and either one or two Junior Grecian tickets to the basket. The system will validate you and change the Junior Grecians tickets to free.

Please note that this will not work if under-18 tickets are added, or tickets are selected in non-family areas. If you experience any issues, please email tickets@ecfc.co.uk who can help.

Tickets are limited and it is advisable to book early. Click here to find out more about the Junior Grecians. 

Matchday Hospitality Package

Fancy watching City in style? Either for corporate or personal use, our matchday hospitality is one of the best ways to enjoy the ECFC matchday experience.

We have a fantastic new package available for the 2021/22 season.
  • Use of Paramount Personnel VIP match day entrance.
  • Reserved seat in the IP Office Main Stand.
  • Reserved table in the Supporters’ Trust Suite (Individual group tables).
  • 2-course meal with half-time teas and coffees. (See below for menus).
  • Table service bar.
  • Matchday programme and team sheet.
  • Pre-match interview with a current or former player.
  • View the post-match Man of the Match presentation.
  • Large screen TV showing Sky/BT Sports.
  • Raffle entry for Signed Ball.
The Price
  • Adult £54
  • Child £36
Supporters’ Trust Members
  • Adult £49
  • Child £36

All matchday hospitality prices are inclusive of VAT.

The Menu

Saturday, October 2 - Walsall
Bar Open 12noon, Welcome 12:45pm, Food Served 1pm

  • Corn fed chicken breast – dauphinoise potato – parsnip purée – glazed parsnips – crispy kale – wild mushroom sauce Or
  • Goats cheese spring roll – Jerusalem artichoke – crispy kale – pickled apple – honey and soy dressing... Followed by
  • Blackberry set cream – spiced apples – granola

How to book

To book hospitality for this match, please click here. 

Should you have any questions or special dietary requirements please call 01392 411 243 or email: commercial@ecfc.co.uk.

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