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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

24 March 2024 Venue Exwick Sports Hub Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Exeter City FC
3 - 0
Abingdon United
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📝 Women's Preview: Abingdon United (H)

22 March 2024

Exeter City Women return to league action this weekend with the visit of Abingdon United to the Exwick Sports Hub, the Grecians looking to maintain their position at the top of the National League Division One.

Abingdon are enjoying their first season in tier four, currently sat sixth and only three points behind third placed Swindon Town. Consistency picking up points throughout the campaign, United have impressed and will be looking for a strong finish to build the foundations for next season. 

Erin Hartigan (9), Lisa Francis (7) Lauren May (6) and Grace Eagles (5) have been among the goals for the Oxfordshire side, however United will be looking for a bounce back this weekend after their heaviest league defeat of the season coming last time out at AFC Bournemouth, the hosts running out 6-0 victors. 

The two sides have met twice already this season. A League Cup Qualifier went the way of the Grecians in September, Sarah Stacey at the double as further goals from Jenna Markham, Ishbel Zuurmond and Tash Knapman clinched a 5-1 win. City picked up the three points on the road back in December, Stacey, Markham and Connie Pengelly with the goals in a 3-0 win at The Northcourt. 

Every game and every goal are key for the Grecians as the run-in gathers pace, with goal difference looking increasingly likely to play a role in the fight for the title. After two postponements last week, City will be eager to get back to action and secure another three points on Sunday afternoon. With three away games to follow before the final two home fixtures, it is a significant few weeks ahead as this team looks to secure a spot at Tier three level for the first time in the Club’s history. 

Match Details

  • Exeter City Women vs Abingdon United Women
  • Sunday, March 24, 2pm kick-off
  • Exwick Sports Hub, Ennerdale Way, EX4 2BQ
  • £5 Adults, £3 Concessions
  • Parking available 
  • Refreshments available

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Match Reports

📝 Women's Report: City 3 Abingdon United 0

Another fine three points for Exeter City Women!

25 March 2024

Exeter City Women extended their lead at the top of the division with a comfortable victory over Abingdon United, a crucial three points for the Grecians as their title rivals AFC Bournemouth dropped points to Keynsham Town at the Vitality Stadium.

Mollie Taylor’s cross found an unmarked Phoebe Baker in the opening minutes, the midfielder steering her header into the welcome hands of United Goalkeeper Hannah Cox. Taylor again provided the cross moments later, this delivery just evading the onrushing Sarah Stacey and Jenna Markham.  

With the visitors banked in, City were needing to remain patient, Manfy Sharpe providing a defence splitting pass to find the run of Amber Pollock, the wide player forcing a near post stop from Cox as the Grecians began to up the tempo. 

Georgie-Marie Barbour-Gresham came close to a first goal since rejoining City, her header from a Zoe Cunningham corner was deflected off the line from a combination of Cox and her covering defenders. Cunningham’s clipped pass found Stacey in the penalty area, the forward forcing another fine save from Cox as she worked the shooting opportunity, Zoe Watkins then firing the loose ball into the side netting. 

Barbour-Gresham waltzed past tackles to create another opportunity for Baker, but her effort was sliced wide from the edge of the penalty area. For the increase in pressure, the opening goal looked a certainty for City and it would be Pollock who seized the next chance. Barbour-Gresham's pinpoint ball from the heart of defence found Taylor, her cross was deflected into the path of Pollock who smashed past Cox from the edge of the penalty area for a deserved lead.  

Cunningham had already had a couple of chances to test Cox and, after winning a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, took her moment to double the Grecians lead by firing past the wall and into the bottom corner of the net for a 2-0 lead at the break. 

Taylor intercepted an under-hit goal kick shortly after the interval, her driving run and shot just wide of the target. Stacey’s latest effort fell kindly to Markham from the defensive challenge, Sahara Osborne-Ricketts making the block on the line in what was a highly accomplished performance from the United defender. 

Barbour-Gresham's threat from set pieces again led to a chance, her header bouncing off the crossbar as City continued to dominate but struggled to break the resilience of the United backline, corners and free kicks always looking the most likely source of more Grecian goals. 

Zoe Watkins forced a fine save from Cox as City searched for a third goal and, with time running out, they found it. Baker was fouled in the penalty area to give Connie Pengelly an opportunity to add to her season’s tally. The forward fired into the bottom corner from the spot to hit her tenth league goal of the season, those goals all coming in her last nine league games. 

A third successive league clean sheet for Abbi Bond and the City defence and a 25th consecutive home league win dating all the way back to 2022. The Grecians now have three away games to come, if they return to Devon with all nine points on offer in those fixtures then they will have the chance to win promotion at the Sports Hub in the final two games of the season.  

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