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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

05 February 2023 Venue Exwick Sports Hub Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Exeter City FC
2 - 0
Cardiff City Ladies
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Match Previews

📝 Women's Match Preview: Cardiff City Ladies (H)

All you need to know!

3 February 2023

Exeter City Women face a top of the table clash on Sunday with Cardiff City Ladies visiting the Exwick Sports Hub, a win for the Grecians would see them head the division for the first time this season.

Cardiff are enjoying a near faultless campaign. Fifteen successive wins is about as formidable away to begin a season as is imaginable, and it was a run that saw Jamie Phillip’s team lead the division and progress in all cups heading into 2023. The two teams met back in September, just three games into that impressive run, Chloe Lloyd at the double as the Dragons ran riot in a 5-0 victory.

However, the new year has seen a more mixed set of results for Phillip’s side. Defeat in the League Cup at Plymouth Argyle was followed by a first league defeat at home to Moneyfields. Yet despite those two defeats, Cardiff have shown their resilience by bouncing back with two strong performances against Swindon Town and Burnley. The Dragons win in Lancashire last weekend sending them into the fifth round of the FA Cup, a significant achievement for a tier four team.

With over eighty goals already to their total, Cardiff pose a number of threats at the weekend. Chloe Lloyd and Cori Williams have thirty-five goals between them in all competitions, Lloyd only one behind the Grecians own Sarah Stacey in the race for the Golden Boot. Ellie Sargent and Kerry Bartlett have also provided goals for the Dragons, however Sargent is currently recovering from injury whilst Bartlett has returned to her former side, Keynsham Town.

In consideration of Cardiff’s record this season, the fact City could overhaul them with victory on Sunday is testament to the Grecians own consistency. At the half way point in the campaign, a win for either team at the weekend would be unlikely to prove definitive, but it would certainly give a strong indication as to where the title may end up come May. Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley’s side were humbled in South Wales in September and will be keen to underline their improvement on Sunday and with it put themselves firmly in the race for promotion.

Match Details

  • Exeter City Women vs Cardiff City Ladies
  • 2pm kick-off
  • Exwick Sports Hub, Ennerdale Way, EX4 2BQ
  • £5 Adults, £3 Concessions (Cash Payment at Gate)
  • Parking available 
  • Refreshments available

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Match Reports

📝 Women's Match Report: City 2 Cardiff City Ladies 0

6 February 2023

Exeter City Women moved to the top of the National League Division One with a strong performance against Cardiff City Ladies,

It was the South Wales side’s first away league defeat of the season as the Grecians continue their strong start to 2023.

The game began with both sides competing strongly, the home side winning the majority of the loose ball. Bow Jackson’s deep cross was headed across goal by Jenna Markham, Ishbel Zuurmond’s resulting volley over the crossbar the game's first chance after ten minutes. Jackson failed to connect with a whipped Emily Toogood cross, before Cardiff Goalkeeper Laura O’Sullivan clawed away a Toogood corner from under her crossbar.

Zuurmond struck again from distance, whilst Markham touched the ball around O’Sullivan following a chipped ball over the Cardiff defence, but her touch was too heavy to send the ball goalwards before it went out of play. City were defensively confident and winning the battleground, but had failed to create that one clear chance. That would change four minutes before the break.

Zoe Watkins’ central free kick was headed back across goal by Mollie Taylor and after O’Sullivan’s save touched the ball away from Zuurmond, Emily Toogood tapped home from close range. Ahead at half time and deservedly so after an industrious forty-five.


Cardiff’s record this season has been nothing short of sensational and their response after a subdued first half was to be expected. Ruby Scahill ran clear of her marker to square for Grace Seren but, with the goal at her mercy, the connection was weak and Abbi Bond was able to gather the ball comfortably.

Markham raced away from the visitor's backline before falling in the penalty area, there looked clear contact on the Grecians forward but the referee waved play on. Emily Toogood nearly made it two moments later, a combination of O’Sullivan and the post keeping her fierce volley out.

Cardiff were beginning to commit more players forward and City endured their frustrations on the counter, getting in good positions but just failing to take care of the final pass when the moment was presented.

Bond had largely been untroubled due to the resilience of those in front of her, but when called upon the City Number One made a fantastic low save to keep out a Cori Williams header from a Cardiff corner.

With the game nearing its conclusion, Markham again got in behind the visiting defence and was fouled on the edge of the penalty area. Thierry –Jo Gauvain had perhaps been fortunate to escape punishment earlier in the half, but this time a second booking led to her dismissal.

O’Sullivan produced a stunning save to deny Toogood from the resulting free kick, the Welsh international number one underlying her quality throughout the afternoon. With eleven minutes of injury time to play out, the Grecians sought that clinching goal and it came with a moment of brilliance. Zuurmond, who is quickly becoming a crowd favorite with her all-action performances, weaved through the challenges before calmy slotting the ball beyond O’Sullivan to seal the points.

Sarah Stacey forced another save from O’Sullivan, before Milly Klinkenberg fired over the crossbar after battling her way into the Cardiff penalty area.


Cardiff deservedly thumped City in South Wales back in September and this was a performance that underlined the Grecians improvement. Relentless from the first minute, they never allowed Cardiff a foothold in the game and limited a considerably talented attack to few chances.

Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley’s side move to the top of the league, but expect Cardiff to drop few, if any, points in the run in, so staying there is its own significant challenge. One thing is for sure, with ten games to play, City are in the title race.

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