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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

02 October 2022 Venue St James Park Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Exeter City FC
3 - 1
AFC Bournemouth
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Match Previews

🗣 Manager's Notes: Abbie and Aaron on AFC Bournemouth

The manager's welcome you to today's game

2 October 2022

Welcome to St James Park for what will be a fantastic afternoon of football and a celebration of the hard work of so many in growing and developing the women’s game at Exeter City.

We would also like welcome Steve Cuss and his team to Devon, and hope they enjoy their afternoon and the role that they will play in being part of such an occasion.

Out on the pitch, we have been pleased with the start to the new season thanks to several good performances, and the opportunity to top the division with a victory this afternoon is its own indication of the start we have had.

However, there is always room for improvement and, with so many talented teams in this division, the consistency required for promotion is going to be considerable. It is a challenge that we have been looking forward to and are embracing wholly. No doubt, this is a big afternoon in our season and three points will be the aim.

It is a pleasure to see so many sports teams and schools attending today. It is important that the next generation of young female footballers see just what opportunities can lay ahead for them, and we hope you stick around after the game to get some autographs and meet the team.

Ahead of the game there are so many who we wish to thank for their support, not least our sponsors and partners who include Richard Pym, Carpetright, Crealy, Eagle One, East Devon Grecians, Exeter College, Kandy Toys, Topan, The University of Exeter, today’s Match Sponsors RGB Building Supplies, and all of the numerous individuals and organisations who provide sponsorships to each of our first team squad.

We also want to send our thanks to all at Exeter City Football Club and the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust for their generous support and the opportunity to play at St James Park, and also to Jamie Vittles and the team at Exeter City Community Trust for their significant efforts in developing both the Women’s team and Girl's football in Exeter on a day-to-day basis.

Together you are helping to create something special here in the city, and we couldn’t do it without you!

On the pitch today you will see players who are Firewomen, Postwomen, Dog Walkers, Students, Educators and so many other things to so many people, and they work tirelessly to be the best athletes and footballers they can be. For our players, today is not just a game of football, but a testament to all of that hard work and collective spirit, and we are immensely proud and excited for the opportunity today offers.

To all our supporters that follow us home and away, enjoy today. For those whom today is your first Women’s game, do not let it be your last. Please continue to help us grow the sport and support your local women and girl's teams.

Finally, to all those young girls here this afternoon, dream big. This lifestyle can be a reality. If you can see it, you can be it.

Up The City!

Abbie and Aaron

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Match Reports

📝 Women's Match Report: City 3 AFC Bournemouth 1

A record breaking day for City Women

3 October 2022

Exeter City Women enjoyed a Super Sunday at St James Park as a stunning second half performance secured three points against AFC Bournemouth; the fixture was played in front a record attendance for the team as 2,621 supporters cheered the Grecians on.

With the atmosphere unlike anything this City team will have experienced before you would have forgiven a nervy start, but that anxiety was not apparent as Connie Pengelly forced visiting Goalkeeper Katie Scadding into a smart save early on. Jenna Markham raced clear from a Sarah Stacey pass and pulled her shot wide, with a pass for Pengelly perhaps the better option.

For City’s lively start, it was Bournemouth who then went closest. A well struck free kick was palmed onto the crossbar by Abbi Bond, with Manfy Sharpe completing the clearance. Markham was again causing problems for the visitors as she strode onto a pinpoint Mollie Taylor pass, Markham’s cross just evading the onrushing Sarah Stacey. The Markham-Stacey combo was providing City’s best attacking moments, Pengelly setting the pacy forward away before her cross was deflected away from the foot of Stacey with the goal open.


Bournemouth had looked more settled in possession during the opening half and it was beginning to provide opportunities. A chipped cross was slightly overhit with two players waiting to convert, whilst Bond saved with her feet when the visitors were presented with their first clear strike on goal.

With the Grecians struggling to maintain possession and Steve Cuss’ team gaining momentum, the half time whistle came at just the right time for Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley to regroup their team.

Markham chopped her way past two defenders before striking at Scadding, with Jaydee Seaman and Manfy Sharpe working tirelessly at the other end to restrict Bournemouth's goal threat.

By her high standards, Sarah Stacey had not impacted the game in the first half as much as the Grecians would have hoped, but now she was a menace. Bullying her way into possession, a quick pass gave Pengelly her big moment in front of the Big Bank but the defenders block prevented a certain goal. Stacey, sensing her impact growing, pounced on some defensive uncertainty by blocking Scadding’s clearance, the ball spinning into the path of Markham as she tapped home the opener.

St James Park was now fully engaged in City’s attacking threat and one became two. Stacey powered towards the Bournemouth goal and released a stunning effort that hit the underside of the bar, Markham, who had been everywhere, was again in the right place to convert the rebound.


Bournemouth have topped the division already this season and are undoubtedly a quality team. A slotted pass in behind the City backline was perfectly judged by Lucy Cooper and she drilled the ball past Bond to half the lead.

A nervy end to the game was prevented just five minutes later, Stacey’s persistence won the corner and Emily Toogood’s pin point delivery found the head of Mollie Taylor to restore City’s two goal advantage.

Bournemouth kept up the pressure as the game come to its conclusion, a back post volley that went high over Bond’s crossbar the nearest they came to a second goal.


A significant victory over a possible promotion rival and a much needed three points after the previous League defeat to Cardiff City Ladies. With the football concluded, the team met with supporters spending over an hour signing autographs. The league victory will no doubt prove significant for the

Grecian’s season over the coming months, however the memories of playing in front of such a big and vibrant crowd will remain for many years to come.

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Ticket News

🎟 Back City Women at SJP!

City to take on Bournemouth at St James Park

30 September 2022

Tickets are now on sale for Exeter City's FA Women's National League clash with AFC Bournemouth, which is taking place at St James Park on Sunday, October 2, 2pm.

Adults can watch for just £5 and under-18s priced at just £3. Trust members can save £2 on the cost of an adult ticket and the Junior Grecians offer of a free child with an adult ticket is valid for this match. A special hospitality package is also available.

The match is kindly sponsored by RGB Building Supplies, who have been incredible sponsors of the club and Exeter City Women for years now.

Following the Lionesses incredible Euro 2022 victory, women's football in England is growing faster than ever and Exeter City are continuing their support for the women's game with a £25,000 investment in the women's team - a five-fold contribution on previous seasons. 

With that, the team will be playing two fixtures at St James Park this season, with the second taking place against Portishead on Sunday March 12, and the team would absolutely love your support.

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Exeter City Women have gone from strength to strength in recent seasons, most recently finishing 3rd in the league - but more importantly have inspired young girl across the city to get into football with one simple message: if you can see it, you can be it. 

New signings include former Women's Super League stars, while also maintaining the core of last season's squad that reached the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 20 years, including top goalscorer and fan favourite Connie Pengelly and captain Manfy Sharpe.

Season ticket sales for the 2022/23 season have doubled on last season, with over 200 people turning our for their season opener against Keynsham Town at Exwick - their new regular home for the season, bringing the Exeter City Women back to the city. 


Last season, the club broke their attendance record with a memorable win over Plymouth Argyle in the Devon County Cup, when over 1,380 people turned out at the Park to see Zoe Watkins score in front of the Big Bank. However, we'd love to smash this again and have even more fans Pack the Park and support not just Exeter City Women, but women's football as a whole in the South-West.

How to Buy

Tickets are now on sale in the club shop and via your online ticketing account:

  • Adults: £5
  • Under-18s: £3

Trust Members can get £2 off an Adult Ticket (one per-member). All you have to do is add the ticket to basket, on checkout the Trust members ticket will be reduced to £3 instead of £5.

Junior Grecians come free with paying adult. Simply add an adult and Junior Grecians ticket to your basket and the system will automatically reduce the JGs ticket to zero on checkout. No restriction on where you sit. 

The Selco BW Stand only is open, however further stands will be opened should demand require so. So let's Pack the Park and back Exeter City Women! 


Why not make a day of it and watch the match in style. Our matchday hospitality package is fantastic value for money and includes the following:

  • Use of Heritage VIP match day entrance
  • Reserved seat in the Selco BW Main Stand
  • Reserved table in the Heritage Lounge (shared)
  • 2-course meal with half-time teas and coffees
  • Self-service bar
  • Team sheet
  • Pre-match interview with a current player
  • View the post-match Player of the Match presentation
  • Raffle entry for a signed ball


  • Roasted Beef served with Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes, Seasonal Veg & Red wine Gravy


    Mediterranean Veg Tart served with Roast Potatoes & Seasonal Veg

  • Cheesecake

  • Tea & Coffee with Biscuits

The price for the package for adults is £25 (with £5 going straight to the team!) and children just £12.50. To book please click here.

Existing Women's Season Tickets remain valid for this fixture.

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