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📝 Match Preview: Reading (A)

All you need to know about NYD's match

30 December 2023

Exeter City kick-off 2024 with a trip to the Select Leasing Car Stadium on New Year's Day.

The Grecians will be looking to build on a great three days that saw them pick up four points with a win over Wycombe Wanderers and a strong point against League leaders Portsmouth, as they look to pull away from the drop zone.

City's opponents Reading are going through a tough time, and after a points deduction they find themselves in 21st in the table, a place below City. Last time out they drew 2-2 with Cheltenham Town.

Will Aimson's Thoughts

City know that a win against a Reading side that sit below them on the table will help to move away from the bottom four and will be determined to go get the win.

"It will be a great game to play in against a huge club. The match earlier in the season here was a great game for the club. We are focusing now on Reading and how we can beat them."

City will be backed by around 1200 fans on New Year's Day, and the players will be looking to use this backing to get over the line.

"I've said countless times how well the fans travel for us. Away wins are the best wins in football - there is nothing better than winning on the road with a strong support. They follow us all over the country and we really appreciate them!"

Hear more from Will ⬇️

Match Tickets

Tickets for our New Year's Day trip to Reading are now available on the day only!

Uncollected tickets will be available to pick up at Reading. 1167 have been snapped up so far!

Pay on the day is available which is card only from an hour and a half before kick-off at the away ticket office between gates 9 and 10

Thank you so much for your support ❤️

Upper West Stand:

AGE CATEGORY

FULL PRICE

Adult

£29

65 & Over

£21

18–24 Years

£18

17 & Under

£13

12 & Under

£10

The Kit

We're back in our Trust sponsored third kit for the trip to Reading.

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Away Day Guide

Please click here to view our dedicated away day guide and plan your trip the Select Leasing Car Stadium.

The Stadium

  • Name: The Select Leasing Stadium
  • Opened: 1998
  • Capacity: 24,161
  • Address: Junction 11, M4, Reading RG2 0FL

Reading FC | Select Car Leasing Stadium

How to get there

By Car

The postcode for the Select Leasing Car Stadium is RG2 OFL and is 216 miles from Exeter, taking roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes by car.

From Junction 11 of the M4, follow signs towards Reading. The Select Car Leasing Stadium is on your left-hand side after less than a mile. For SatNav systems, our postcode is RG2 0FL.

By Train

The nearest railway station is the Reading Green Park station, approximately 15 minutes' walk to the stadium. Alternatively, Reading Station is connected directly to major cities across the UK and many local towns. From there take the F1 (Reading Station Shuttle Service) commences 2 hours before kick-off and a minimum of 12 buses run frequently to & from the stadium, up to 1 hour 45 minutes after the final whistle. 

The nearest railway station is Reading, which is connected directly to major cities across the UK and many local towns. From there, take the 50A Greenwave Park & Ride bus that takes you directly to the Stadium, with an average journey time less than 10 minutes. Alternatively, a taxi from the railway station or town centre to the Select Car Leasing Stadium should cost approximately £10.

The train from Exeter St Davids to Reading Green Park takes around two hours and twenty four minutes and involves one change.

Click here to plan your journey.

Grecian Travel

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

  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 9am for a fare of £30.

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 Simon Carnall on email at: simoncarnall77@gmail.com.

Parking

Matchday parking permits can be purchased online at: ticketing.readingfc.co.uk/en-GB/categories/parking. There are three areas you can park in (Car park 6, Car Park 2, Car Park 3), starting at £6.

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We will also 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

Exeter City 2 Reading 1 | 26/8/23 | Sky Bet League One

Reece Cole's last minute stunner takes all three points!

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Match Reports

💬 Match Report: Reading 3 City 2

City lose on the road.

1 January 2024

Exeter City began 2024 with a 3-2 defeat at bottom four rivals Reading, despite twice battling back from behind.

Zak Jules and Dion Rankine both scored their first goals for the club – Jules' a sumptuous effort from outside the area after Harvey Knibbs’ opener, before Rankine’s poke cancelled out Alex Hartridge’s own goal. Femi Azeez won it for the hosts on 77 minutes. Tracks.png

Manager Gary Caldwell named two changes to the starting XI that drew against table-topping Portsmouth three days prior: James Scott came in up top to replace Sonny Cox and Harry Kite replaced the injured Will Aimson at full back. Caldwell was also forced to name U23s coach, David Perkins - who was registered as a player during the injury crisis earlier this season - on the bench, following a late failed fitness test by WAimson and the inability to recall loan players. 

City’s first real chance of the game came in the sixth minute as Dion Rankine picked the ball up on the right wing, drew in two defenders with mesmerizing footwork, and laid the ball off to Kite who had enough time and space to pick out a quality cross into the back post, cleared by a Reading defender before it could reach the looming figure of Jules at the back post. 

Knibbs then put the hosts ahead in the 9th minute with Reading’s first opportunity of the game. A loose ball slipped through the cracks and Reading’s number seven was the first to it as he poked home from close range. This was the first attack of a short onslaught from the Reading attack, although thankfully for the travelling Grecians it was the only fruitful attack before City quickly equalised at the other end. 

City had a corner on the right side of the pitch, that was floated into the area and cleared only as far as Jules on the edge of the box. Intoxicated by a wishful chorus of “shoooootttt”, Jules teed himself up and let fly a thunderous strike into top right corner, blasting City level. Jules celebrated as a man that hasn’t practiced his celebrations would, running half the length of the pitch jubilantly, before eventually reaching Caldwell and giving him a hearty high-five. The rest of the team caught up with Jules and embraced, fired up by City’s fullback’s wonderful strike drawing them level. 

Not content with going level, City continued to pressure David Button’s goal. Just a few minutes after Jules’ goal, City fans were getting ready to celebrate again as Reece Cole’s deflected freekick fell kindly for Hartridge, unmarked in the area. Hartridge, with Reading defenders quickly breathing down his neck, miscued his shot and hit wide – to the disbelief of everyone in the Select Car Leasing Stadium – and the game stayed level. 

Just before the half-time whistle, City went behind for a second time. Kite was dispossessed on the edge of his area and the entire City defense was caught wrong-footed, especially Hartridge who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and he turned Knibbs’ cross into his own net. Shortly after this mishappening, the referee’s whistle blew for half-time and the Grecians went into the changing room with work to do. 

Jack Aitchison kicked off the second half as City looked to pick up their performance, as it stood at the break, they were in the drop zone. The Grecians’ first chance of the second half came as Jules beat two defenders on his side of the pitch, made his way to the near-post and then pulled a pass back to Scott, who was marked and had his effort blocked. Five minutes later, Scott won City a corner after his long-range effort was deflected over the bar. After short play from Tom Carroll, Scott, and Rankine, Carroll’s cross to the back-post was left unanswered.  

Looking to get back into the game, Caldwell’s first substitution of the afternoon was a double one as Cox and Pierce Sweeney replaced Scott and Kite in the 61st minute. With Sweeney providing more stability at the back and Cox providing an outlet up top, everything started to flow a bit better for City as they played with more confidence.  

This confidence soon paid dividends as Jules, who had been fantastic all game, turned his player on the left of the pitch and delivered the ball into the box. After some ricochets in the area, the ball fell to Rankine who, just about, had the time and space to pick a corner and slot the ball in low at the back-post – equalising for City, although their joy was short lived. 

Femi Azeez put the hosts ahead for the third time in the 77th minute as he found himself in space on the edge of the City area and hit from range, low and true, beating Vil Sinisalo on his left.  

City struggled to find their mojo again after Reading’s third goal with Caldwell bringing on Kyle Taylor to replace Ilmari Niskanen, in a bid to inspire the Grecians but it seemed to be too little too late. As the six additional minutes wore thin, City continued to struggle to break down Reading’s defence.  

The game ended Reading 3, Exeter City 2 and the Grecians slipped into the relegation zone.  

Exeter City: Sinisalo, Jules, Hartridge, Carroll, Scott (61’), Cole (C), Niskanen (88'), Kite (61’), Rankine, Diabate. 

Unused subs: MacDonald, Perkins, Borges, Richards. 

Reading: Button, Mola, Knibbs, Smith, Azeez, Dorsett, Bindon, Wing, Abbey, Craig, Vickers. 

Subs: Pereira, Elliott, Dean, Savage, Mukairu, Ehibhatiomhan, Mbengue. 

Referee: Anthony Backhouse. 

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