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18 December 2022 Venue Exwick Sports Hub Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Exeter City FC
2 - 0
Larkhall Athletic
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📝 Women's Match Preview: Larkhall Athletic (H)

All you need to know about Sunday's match

16 December 2022

Exeter City Women will bring 2022 to a close on Sunday as Larkhall Athletic are the visitors to the Exwick Sports Hub (2.00pm Kick Off) in National League action.

James Goddard-Wellon's team have endured a tough season to date. The first nine games of the campaign saw eight defeats for the North Somerset side, although there are signs of better times ahead. The Larks have won three of their last four games, with a County Cup win at Ilminster and, most importantly, league wins over St Austell and Keynsham Town of which saw them move out of the relegation places.

Chloe Snook and Hannah Price have offered the main goal threat this season, with four and three respectively. Mia Brain has two goals in her last two games, including a vital winning goal against Keynsham Town last time out. Goddard-Wellon's side will travel to Devon competing in their first fixture for four weeks and will be hopeful of adding more points to their recent run of good form.

It was frustration for Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley’s side last weekend as the weather ruled out their return to league action. City’s last home game in the league came all the way back in early October as goals from Jenna Markham (2) and Mollie Taylor beat AFC Bournemouth at St James Park.

With all the teams around the Grecians in the National League table in Cup action over the coming weekend, this will be an important afternoon to set the platform for 2023. City will go into the fixture knowing that three points is a must and will be looking to maintain their 100% Home record in the League this season.

Match Details

  • Exeter City Women vs Larkhall Athletic
  • 2pm kick-off
  • Exwick Sports Hub, Ennerdale Way, EX4 2BQ
  • £5 Adults, £3 Concessions (Cash Payment at Gate)
  • Parking available 
  • Refreshments available (Hot Pork Baps, Sweets, tea coffee etc)

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Match Reports

📝 Women's Match Report: City 2 Larkhall Athletic 0

19 December 2022

Exeter City Women ended the year with an important victory as they overcame Larkhall Athletic to go level on points with second placed AFC Bournemouth in the National League.

Kick off was delayed for an hour after the visitors had encountered standstill traffic on their way to Devon, with driving rain and a swirling wind it was all set to be an attritional afternoon. Larkhall have seen their season turn for the positive in recent weeks and arrived with three wins from their last four games, and it was a confident start from the visitors, City failing to create opportunities despite seeing plenty of possession.

Mollie Taylor struck from distance before Chloe Gilroy turned a cross goalward, Erin Foley in the Larks goal palming the effort away. Jenna Markham chased a hopeful ball over the top of the defence, her quick turn forcing a low block as City began to break through the solidity of the visitor's backline.

A shot flashed wide from the visitors at one end and Markham continued to pose the main threat for City at the other, however, as the break loomed, a scrappy game in unpleasant conditions was doing little to cheer the patient crowd.

Larkhall had been resilient in the first forty-five, but were yet to test City stopper Abbi Bond. That changed within seconds of the second half as a low drive was blocked by Bond at her near post. City responded immediately, hesitation in the Larkhall defence was pounced on by the ever-willing run of Markham and her low cross was slid in past Foley by Chloe Gilory.


That goal seemed to galvanise City, with Markham sprinting clear again moments later, Foley with a fantastic save to deny the City forward. Phoebe Baker has the ability to make the Grecians tick like no one else in the City ranks, and her strong run and perfectly weighted pass gave Markham the chance to finally win her dual with Foley as she slotted home a City second goal. It was Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley’s team’s one hundredth goal of 2022.

Sarah Stacey drove a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the penalty area whilst Mollie Taylor saw a close-range header clear the crossbar. Stacey was denied by a brilliant defensive challenge when she looked set to extend the City lead, the tackle taking the ball away as she looked set to fire past Foley.


Larkhall worked tirelessly throughout and offered more of an attacking threat in the second half, Chloe Snook at the heart of most of the Lark's threat, but they could not find the final pass to offer a chance that would trouble Bond. Milly Klinkenberg made her debut at sixteen years and one day, the talented young forward nearly adding a third goal late on, brave goalkeeping from Foley once more denying Grecians. Markham thumped the crossbar with a long-range effort as City finished strongly, but the score would remain at two.

An insipid first half, but a far more productive second period as City ended the year with the three points required. The Grecians start the new year with home games against MoneyFields and Southampton Women’s FC, whilst also travelling to Selsey. After that, it’s Cardiff City at the Hub. 2023 will begin with the hardest few weeks of the season and Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley will be confident their side will be up to that challenge.

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