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13 August 2022 Venue Abbey Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Cambridge United (A)

City head to Cambridge this Saturday

13 August 2022

After Tuesday's record breaking away win at Cheltenham, the Grecians are back on the road this weekend as they face Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium.

The U's dumped City out of the FA Cup last season at the same venue - in controversial circumstances - and Matt Taylor's side will be keen to right the wrongs and continue their impressive start to the League One season. 

All three of Cambridge's matches this season have ended 1-0, the most recent a defeat at Oxford United last weekend, while the Grecians were of course in action on Tuesday in that incredible 7-0 victory.

Matt Taylor's view

Matt Taylor has given his thoughts as City prepare to take on Cambridge United this weekend.

Following the record breaking 7-0 win on Tuesday, the Grecians are raring to go to face a U's side who have started the season with two 1-0 wins and 1-0 defeat.

"They have a good team and a good manager, and they've had two superb results, and beat Championship side Millwall in the cup," he said.

"We know what we're coming up against and it'll be another level on what we've already faced this season. It'll be a serious game of football and we have to be a serious team.

"Serious teams have to back themselves up with a serious performance. It'll be a tight game as they look strong defensively. They've got the spirit and character in their team."

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The opposition view

Hear what Cambridge manager Mark Bonner had to say about the match:


City will be playing in our blue third strip.


Away Day Guide

Making the trip on Saturday, click here to check out all you need to know!


We have been allocated 626 seated South Stand tickets for this fixture, including five pairs of disabled tickets.

  • Adults - £24
  • Concession (64+, Student, 18-21, Armed Forces) - £18
  • Under 18 - £12
  • Under 12 - £8
  • Under 5 - free

Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled pay relevant age category with a free carer.

Tickets are now on sale from the club shop or online via your ticketing account.

The Stadium

The Abbey Stadium (CB5 8LN)

The Abbey Stadium has a capacity of 8,127 which includes 4,376 seats. The away fans are usually housed in the South Stand where 1,500 supporters can be seated, or in the South Habbin Terrace which has a capacity of 1,000.


The entrance to the away end is located on Coldhams Common, which can be accessed from either Newmarket Road or Coldhams Lane. From the club shop, head back out on to Newmarket Road, turn left and then turn left again to walk down the foot path and enter at the far end of the ground.

Weather Warning

There is an amber weather warning in place until midnight on Saturday for extreme heat. The current forecast suggests temperatures of mid-30s in Cambridge this weekend, and supporters are advised to prepare for the heat by drinking plenty of water and wearing a hat, as well as wearing a high factor sunscreen. 

Previous Encounter

Cambridge United 2 Exeter City 1 | 04/12/21 | FA Cup Second Round

A controversial late offside winner from the hosts denied the Grecians the chance of a trip to Newcastle United in the second round of the FA Cup. 

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.


To purchase a match pass please click here.

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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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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: Cambridge United 2 City 1

Grecians suffer first defeat of the season

13 August 2022

The Grecians were back underway in league action once again, adding to the 11 goals scored in the previous two games was another finisher from Jevani Brown, but an unrelenting Cambridge United led to City's first loss of the season.

The travelling Grecians were welcomed to an extremely warm day in the East Anglian sunshine, with Abbey Stadium a welcome delight in the gorgeous weather.

With Matt Taylor naming an unchanged side from the one who beat Port Vale in the first home game of the season, Nombe and Brown were once again leading the front-line and it was a lovely combination between the two forwards that got Exeter's only goal of the game. Sam Smith and Paul Digby turned the game on its head though, as City fell to a first defeat of the season.

Pressure early on from the boys in blues saw captain Pierce Sweeney rifle two thunderous strikes from distance against the Cambridge backlines resulting in a corner early on, but the ball was cleared away from the United defence.

After only six minutes a fantastic save from Jamal Blackman from point blank range kept the City boys at 0-0, a real heart in mouths moment there for The Grecians. Only three minutes a lapse of concentration at the back saw Nombe send a lob over the ball, first real chance for Exeter.

Blackman was called into action once again, a lack of communication in the Exeter backline left the keeper to smother the Cambridge forward sending the ball out of play for a corner kick. Moments later and Brown picked the ball up on the edge of the Cambridge penalty area, after a lovely bit of link up play between Tim Dieng and Jack Sparkes down the left hand side, but his curling effort just sailed wide of the far post.

After being under the cosh for most of the opening 20 minutes, the pacing figure of Taylor on the touchline led to City getting themselves back into the flow of the game, with most of the pressure coming from the utilisation of both wing backs Josh Key and Jack Sparkes.

An absolutely fantastic run from Archie Collins led to the ball making its way to Nombe just inside the area who rattled the ball off the cross bar with a thunderous strike, the superb forward getting closer and closer to his fifth goal of the season. Moments later and the ball was back down the other end with another Cambridge corner causing trouble in the City penalty area, but the pressure not coming to fruition.

And they combined once again! An unrelenting Nombe chased down the Cambridge defence, with a superb tackle leading to the easiest five yard pass across the area, for Brown to slot away his third of the season, at his old stomping ground. City like usual this season, on top once again.


On the cusp of half-time, City almost made it 2-0 but Nombe misjudged the flight of ball from Sparkes outside of the boot cross, resulting in the ball skewing off the head of Nombe. With 45 minutes played it was again Brown and Nombe getting the travelling Grecians making some noise in the packed away end. With said travelling fans having gone 225 minutes without seeing a goal against their beloved City.

When the teams came out for the second half, neither manager saw any reason to make any changes, so the game restarted how the first half ended. With the first bit of pressure coming the way of Cambridge with another of their many corners, but the towering figure of Blackman in goal clutched the ball out of the air with ease. But City were not having any of that, and an immediate counter attack from The Grecians led to a mazy run down the left hand side from the unrelenting Sparkes, whose powerful left footed strike missed the goal by only a few inches.

With almost 60 minutes gone, a sloppy bit of play in the middle of the park by City, led to Cheick Diabate being caught out but luckily the ball was cleared away. But only moments later the pressure was back on and the next ball into the box by Cambridge led to the equaliser from Cambridge winger Smith.

Cambridge came close once again with a diving header sailing wide of the post, with the second drinks break of the game coming straight from that miss, it could not have come at a better time for Taylors boys with the pressure very much in United’s favour. On the 73rd minute Matt Taylor made his first two changes of the game with Matt Jay and Josh Coley replacing Key and Kite, with the extra push needed in the attacking third.

Another big chance goes amiss for Cambridge with the ball bouncing all around the City area, but much to the travelling Grecians delight the ball is cleared far up the pitch from the newly introduced Coley. A big kick over the top from Blackman in the 83rd minute finds Nombe in space behind the Cambridge back line, but the header was not executed how he wished with the ball landing easily in the hands of the United keeper.

Blackman came in clutch once again for City, with the newly signed keeper making his presence known by keeping the ball out of the back of the net after Cambridge forward Shilow Tracey was barrelling through on goal, mistakes being made from both teams. Seconds later and Exeter were behind for the first time this season. It was another header, this time from the towering Paul Digby rising highest to nod the hosts in front.

In added time the ball was all in favour of City with multiple corners being won down the Cambridge end, but all that pressure came to no avail.

Another game is very quickly round the corner with Wycombe the next team to make their way down to SJP on Tuesday the 16th of August.

Starting XI: Blackman, Key (Jay), Diabate, Hartridge, Sweeney (C) (Caprice) , Sparkes, Dieng (Grounds), Collins, Kite (Coley), Brown, Nombe

Subs Not Used: Brown, Stubbs, Chauke

Cheltenham: Mitov, Williams, Digby (C), Jones, Brophy (Tracey), Ironside, Smith (O’Neil), Dunk (Haunstrup), Okedina, May, Knibbs (Lankester)

Subs Not Used: Mannion, Taylor, Jane

Referee: Sam Purkiss

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Ticket News

🎟 Tickets: Cambridge United (A)

Join us on the road

10 August 2022

We can now confirm ticketing details for our trip to Cambridge United on Saturday 13th August, 3pm.

We have been allocated 626 seated South Stand tickets for this fixture, including five pairs of disabled tickets.

  • Adults - £24
  • Concession (64+, Student, 18-21, Armed Forces) - £18
  • Under 18 - £12
  • Under 12 - £8
  • Under 5 - free

Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled pay relevant age category with a free carer.

Tickets are now on sale (from 10.30am) from the club shop or online via your ticketing account.


Grecian Travel departs Unit 1 in Exeter at 7.15am at a cost of £36.

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.

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

Please note, further National Rail strikes are set for Saturday 13 August, including GWR services. If not travelling by Grecian Travel, please plan ahead and prepare your journey.

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