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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

05 May 2024 Venue Exwick Sports Hub Attendance 812

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Exeter City FC
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AFC Bournemouth
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Match Previews

📝 Women's Preview: AFC Bournemouth (H)

3 May 2024

Exeter City Women face a title decider heading into Sunday's final league game, knowing that if they avoid defeat they will be promoted to the third tier of Women's football for the first time in the club's histroy.

AFC Bournemouth have enjoyed a stunning third season in the four tier, winning nineteen of their twenty-one games and drawing just two. The summer additions of Gemma McGuinness, Gemma Hillier and Daniela Kosinska were supplemented by the mid-season arrivals of Kenni Thompson, Erin Bloomfield and Kelci Bowers as the Cherries have formed a formidable squad for tier four football. 

Katie James, Abby Jones, Amber Treweek and Helen Bleazard have been a fundamental part of the Cherries success this season, players who have provided the main spine to the team since the Dorset sides promotion to Division One Football in 2021. Devon has not been a happy hunting ground for the Cherries, three league defeats and one in the FA Cup mean that they travel today looking to break that sequence of losses. 

Dominant in defence and attack, Steve Cuss’ side have hit 103 goals this season, conceding just twelve. In league action Lucy Cooper is the Cherries top goal scorer with thirteen, she has been supported by Gemma McGuinness (12) and Molly Barron-Clark (11.) 

The two sides met back in February, Kenni Thompson’s near post header giving Bournemouth the lead just before the break, with the Grecians hitting back shortly after half time with a neat control and finish from Jenna Markham. It was a draw that helped set up today’s title showdown between the two sides. 

It was final day heartbreak for the Grecians last season as they missed out on goal difference, Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley's side have enjoyed another fantastic league season and will hope to finish the campaign unbeaten and secure a promotion that they have been on the brink of for the past two seasons.

Important Match Information

MATCH KICK OFF – Sunday’s game kicks off at 2.00 pm. Gates will be open from 12.30pm and we advise supporters to arrive early to help with flow of entry into the venue.

TICKETS – This is an ALL ticket game, you will NOT be permitted entry without a ticket.

CAR PARKING – There will be NO parking at the venue, the on site car park will be closed for the fixture. We advise the best alternative as being the Flowerpot Lane Car Park, this is a short walk from the venue.

DISABLED ACCESS – If you require any additional support for this event please contact

BARRIERS – Please note that additional barriers will be in place behind one of the goals to allow for better visibility of the game and better flow for those in attendance.

TOILETS – There are additional toilets on site for this fixture to help with supporter comfort.

REFRESHMENTS – There will be hot and cold drinks, crisps, chocolate and sweets available on the day.

PROGRAMMES – There will be a special edition matchday programme for sale on the day, priced at £2


If you are not at the game, you can listen LIVE on BBC Devon from 1.45pm.

Alternatively, you can keep up to date with the action by following Exeter City Women on Twitter/X: @ExeterCityWFC

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Match Reports

📝 Women's Report: City 1 AFC Bournemouth 1 CHAMPIONS! 🏆

David Gribble reports on a stunning afternoon

7 May 2024

Exeter City Women secured promotion to the third tier of Women’s football for the first time in the Club’s history after an absorbing contest at the Exwick Sports Hub on Sunday afternoon.

The Cherries started in a confident manner, controlling possession and winning an early corner for City to defend. Jenna Markham stole a bouncing ball off the toe of a visiting defender to race away towards goal, her effort drilled toward Bournemouth Goalkeeper Daniela Kosinska at her near post. Stacey’s low cross gave the City forward an even better chance moments later, but Markham’s effort from close range was fired over.  

With Steve Cuss’ side controlling territory, the Grecians were restricting the visitors to efforts from distance, Abbi Bond untroubled with the early efforts on goal.  

However, City would gift the Cherries a chance that would be taken just before the half hour mark, Gemma McGuiness latching onto a stray City pass and looping an effort up and over Bond. 


Georgie-Marie Barbour-Gresham had a chance from a Jess Sandland delivery, mistiming a volleyed effort as City lacked control of the game to fashion anything more than half chances. Molly Barron-Clark flashed an audacious effort wide of Bond’s upright as Bournemouth continued to maintain control of the contest, City behind at the break but, after missing two early chances of their own, perhaps fortunate to have only a one goal deficit. 

After a stagnate first period, Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley’s side came out with a far better tempo to their play. Sarah Stacey flashing a header just wide before the game's key moment arrived with ten minutes of the half played. 

Barbour-Gresham sent a long ball forward and Markham raced on to the Cherries defensive indecision, as she rounded Kosinska she was sent into the air from the Goalkeeper’s challenge. On the edge of the penalty area and with Markham having an empty net to score into before the Goalkeeper’s intervention, the referee controversially ruled that defenders were in covering positions and only showed a yellow card.  

With the sellout crowd now finding their voice, Zoe Cunningham stepped up to send the free kick into the top corner and draw City level and back to the top of the division.  

Kosinska made a stunning stop to deny Amber Pollock what may well have been the goal of the season, springing to palm a fierce drive out of the top corner. This was now a very different Grecians side to the first half and the visitors struggled to regain the control they had in the first half.  

However, with City pushing for a winning goal, this fascinating contest would twist again, Mollie Taylor picking up a second yellow for a foul on the impressive Kenni Thompson and the Grecians left to see out the final moments with ten players. The resulting free kick hit the face of Bond's crossbar as the contest opened up once more.

The boundless energy of Pollock, Markham and Ishbel Zuurmond offered City the chance to break the late Bournemouth pressure and, withstanding some efforts from distance, the Grecians saw out the remaining part of the game and accompanying eight minutes of injury time relatively comfortably. 

The final whistle brought scenes of joy and relief; a team that has been so dominant in this division for two years will finally have the chance to test themselves at a higher, more competitive level. It was a brutal conclusion for the visitors, Cuss' side finishing the season undefeated with a goal difference of over ninety, yet due to the limitations around promotion will have to do it all again next season, a feeling City can certainly sympathise with. 


As the crowd ran on the pitch at the final whistle to join in the celebrations and, with hundreds of young girls in attendance, this team’s legacy will not only be the trophies that they have won but the positive impact that they have had on those that look up to them and the interest in Women’s football that they have helped generate in the City. 

Now for the next chapter to begin. 


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Ticket News

🎟️ Exeter City Women vs AFC Bournemouth tickets SOLD OUT!

22 April 2024

Tickets for Exeter City Women's final day clash with AFC Bournemouth at the Exwick Sports Hub are now SOLD OUT!

The FAWNL title will be won by either City or Bournemouth and this match is currently on track to be the decider, with both teams unbeaten so far in the league with only a couple of matches remaining of the season. The pair held each other to a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth earlier in the campaign.

Up to 1,000 supporters are now expected at Exwick for this match and the venue attendance record will be broken. 

The club has received queries regarding the choice of the venue for this match and we would like to inform supporters that the offer was made to Exeter City Women to host the match at St James Park. However, the team have decided that they would like the match to take place at their regular home venue. 

Thank you for your incredible support of Exeter City Women. 

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