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29 December 2022 Venue Memorial Stadium Attendance

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📝 Match Preview; Bristol Rovers (A)

All you need to know!

27 December 2022

The festive football action doesn't slow, as City make the short journey up the M5 to reignite a Westcountry rivalry with Bristol Rovers this Thursday.

Both sides were promoted from League One last season and this will be the second meeting of the campaign, following a 2-2 draw at SJP in October, in what was Matt Taylor's final game as City boss. 

Under Gary Caldwell, the Grecians drew 0-0 at home to Portsmouth on Boxing Day, while Bristol Rovers suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Wycombe Wanderers.


We're in our third strip for this fixture, with Bristol Rovers in black to support Shelter's #NoHomeKit campaign. You can find out more about the campaign here.

City supporters are encouraged to wear our third or away strips to get behind the campaign at the Memorial Stadium.

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Pierce Sweeney's Thoughts

Pierce says that the boys will be targeting the three points against a Bristol Rovers side that are close in the table. "It's a game we will be looking to win and have to go there with confidence again." said the Irishman after City's goalless draw with Portsmouth on Boxing Day.

"It's a bit of a derby and is local, just an hour up the road so I'm sure we will take over 1000 fans and they will have a full house so it's a game we will be looking to win.

"We've got to go there with confidence again. One thing we have been lacking this season is consistency with our performances so quite good that we have three games in a week to put three back-to-back good performances in and try and get some good results.

Hear more from Sweenz ⬇️


Tickets for the match are SOLD OUT. Thank you so much for your support. Over 1200 City fans will be in attendance. 

How to Follow

Unable to get a ticket to Thursday's SOLD OUT clash with Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium?

Get the next best thing by watching it live on iFollow.

By purchasing a match pass at the cost of just £10 in the UK you'll get access to the stream which includes BBC Radio Devon commentary, score overlay and replays.

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  • For further details on iFollow, please click here
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We will be proving live coverage on our Twitter and Facebook pages and will have reaction from Gary Caldwell and a player after the match.

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Previous Encounter

Bristol Rovers 1 Exeter City 1 | 26/02/22 | Sky Bet League One

City's last trip up the M5 was a thrilling 1-1 draw as we continued our march to promotion. Jevani Brown was quick to equalise after Luca Hoole's opener, with Josh Coley unlucky not to win it late on.


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Match Reports

📝Match Report: Bristol Rovers 3 City 4

Sam Nombe header wins it for City at the end

29 December 2022

9,735 people inside the Memorial Stadium witnessed one of the great Exeter City late shows as Sam Nombe's stoppage time winner snatched three points in a seven-goal blockbuster.

City surrendered a two-goal half time lead to trail 3-2 with six minutes to go, but Tim Dieng's header and Nombe's second of the game stunned a packed crowd in Horfield to record Gary Caldwell's third victory as manager. 

After a draw at home to Portsmouth on Boxing day, Gary made only the one change to the starting XI. Sam Nombe returned in place of Jay Stansfield for his first start in five games for The Grecians.

Inside the first two minutes and it was the home side who had the first of the chances, with Josh Coburn finding himself in behind the City backline. But a perfectly timed sliding challenge from Alex Hartridge stopped the striker from getting a shot off and Jamal Blackman gathered up the loose ball.

City opened the scoring when a lovely weighted pass from Jevani Brown found Sam Nombe about 30 yards out, and after a couple touches the striker hit from 20 yards curling the ball into the top right-hand corner. Little did anyone inside the Memorial Stadium realise it would be the first of seven goals in a crazy encounter.

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Only moments later and City had another chance, and it was Nombe once again. This time it was Harry Kite who was aiming to provider with a cross on the right-hand side, but the header from Nombe was excellently met by Rover’s keeper Belshaw who tipped it behind for a corner.

With the ball being shared quite evenly between both sides and the game being very end to end, it was Rovers who found themselves on the attack once again, this time with their top scorer Aaron Collins. However, Collins was adjudged to have dived after running alongside Hartridge and the referee brandished his first yellow of the game for simulation.

The half was nearing its end with only five minutes left and the referee went to his book for the second time of the game. This time it was a City player who had his name taken, Cheick Diabate was adjudged to have pulled down Coburn right on the edge of the area. From the resulting free kick, the ball smashed right into the wall, and with the ball pinging around inside the area Blackman pulled off one of the saves of the season, saving a Collins strike from only two yards out.

Everyone thought the first half was almost finished, but there was time for one more moment of magic. With the ball being played around the Rovers penalty area, captain Matt Jay fed the ball to Archie Collins and the midfield maestro wrong footed the Rovers defence and sent the ball flying into the bottom left-hand corner of the game, sending City in at half time two to the good.

As the second half was set to begin, there was slight confusion at the Memorial Ground as Joey Barton sent out his Rovers side in a change of strip as well as making two substitutes, the home side clearly needed a change or two.


The change of kit had definitely worked for Rovers as they had very much upped their game in the second half, with their players seeing a lot more of the ball. With that came a goal, with the ball seemingly not doing much on the edge of the area, the league’s top goal scorer Collins let rip a thunderbolt to allow Rovers a way back into the game.

After the goal, and with half an hour left, Gary decided for an almost immediate change with Jay Stansfield called upon to replace Grecians captain Matt Jay. Not long before, Jevani Brown found his way into the book after kicking the ball away after being called offside.

Not long after their first goal had gone in, Rovers found themselves level. Poor defensive work from City allowed Coburn space in the City penalty area and the attacker was able to bundle home.

City were doing everything they could to stop themselves from going behind, first Gary made a change at the back, with Josh Key now recovered from his illness coming on to replace Caprice. Then Sparkes, in an effort to keep City in the game got his name taken for the sixth game in the row, fouling just in front of the Rovers dugout.

No more than 15 minutes left to play, and Rovers were awarded a penalty kick after a rash challenge from the newly introduced Key who upended Collins inside the area after. The resulting penalty was taken by Scott Sinclair who wrong footed Blackman to put the home side in the lead after being two goals down at half time.

Rovers almost found the net once again inside the final 12 minutes but another fantastic save from Blackman just about kept City in it. The ball was then straight down the other end and some intricate football found Nombe in the box, but his effort cannoned off the bar courtesy of a block from a Rovers defender.

With only five minutes left of normal time, City equalised to make the score line 3-3. A ball into the area found the towering Tim Dieng who sent a bullet header past the hapless Belshaw, sending the travelling away fans wild.

Deep into added time and City found themselves a winner. A long ball over the top found Nombe and Rovers keeper Belshaw rushing onto the same ball, and it was Nombe who got their first heading the ball over the keeper into an empty net. With the away fans bunding all over each other in celebration.

City’s next game is a New Year’s Day clash at the Kassam Stadium to take on Oxford United for the third time this season. Hope to see as many of you Grecians there as possible.

City: Blackman, Caprice (Key), Sweeney, Diabate (Dieng), Hartridge, Sparkes, Kite, Collins, Jay © (Stansfield), Nombe, Brown

Subs not used: Lee, Harper, Chauke, Grounds

Bristol Rovers: Belshaw, Gordon (Anderson), Finley, Collins, Coutts ©, Gibson, Loft (Marquis), Evans (Sinclair), Hoole (Connolly), Thomas, Coburn

Subs not used: Jaakola, Marquis, Whelan, Gibbons

Referee: Simon Mather

Attendance:  9735 (1167 away)

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Ticket News

🎟️ Bristol Rovers tickets SOLD OUT

Thank you for your support

27 December 2022

Tickets are now SOLD OUT for Thursday evening's trip to face Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.

We were given 1220 tickets which have now been snapped up. If we have any returns they will be put back for sale on Wednesday.

If your tickets haven't arrived yet and you are worried they won't before the game, please email: to arrange duplicates for collection at the Memorial Stadium.


Ticket Prices

Away South Stand Seating (303 available)

  • Adults: £30
  • Over-65/16-21: £26
  • Under-16: £11
  • Under-11: £6

Wheelchair Bays

Tickets are priced at the prices above with the carer going free of charge. Disabled/Carer tickets are reserved in the South Stand Row A and in the Terrace.

Please note that the Memorial Stadium is cashless.

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel, completely run by the Supporters' Club, and not for profit, will be available for City's trip to Bristol Rovers.

  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 4pm for a fare of £20.

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.

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: (after 6pm)

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