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22 October 2023 Venue Exwick Sports Hub Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Exeter City FC
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Torquay United
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📝 Women's Match Preview: Torquay United (H)

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20 October 2023

Exeter City Women turn their attention to the Women’s FA Cup this weekend as Torquay United are the visitors to the Exwick Sports Hub in the 3rd Qualifying Round.

Alan Wyatt has taken over the Manager’s position from Steve Elswood for the Gulls this campaign and United will head to the Hub with a squad of familiar faces to Grecian supporters. Anthea Kaptein, Esme Kilburn-Thompson, Ocean Latto, Dani Wyatt, Emily Eaton, Chloe Kind, Lucy Palmer, Milly Klinkenberg, Lilly Burton and Nat Warman have all appeared in City colours in recent years. The Gulls also have experience in former Plymouth Argyle midfielder Tracey Cross, whilst they have recruited well with the additions of Rachel Griffiths and Emma Hollingsworth. 

The season has proved tough for United to date. Injuries to Klinkenberg, Hollingsworth, Jana Richards and Sasha Mole have left big gaps to fill. Defeat on their last visit to the Hub was followed by home losses to Keynsham Town and AFC Bournemouth. A lack of available players led to the cancellation of the League Cup clash between the two sides, before United bounced back with a comfortable win over struggling Selsey to pick up their first win of the season. 

With last season’s FA Cup campaign ending in early disappointment, the Grecians will be keen to have a successful run this year. The Grecians have won their last seven games and eight from nine this season, momentum into the New Year will be key and with such a strong squad this is group that can entertain successful cup runs to coincide with a drive for promotion. 

Match Details

  • Exeter City Women vs Torquay United Owmen
  • 2pm kick-off
  • Exwick Sports Hub, Ennerdale Way, EX4 2BQ
  • £5 Adults, £3 Concessions
  • Pay On The Gate (Card and Cash)
  • Parking available 
  • Refreshments available

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You can keep up to date with the action by following Exeter City Women on Twitter: @ExeterCityWFC

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Match Reports

📝 Women's Match Report: City 7 Torquay United 0

23 October 2023

Exeter City Women eased into the first round of the Women’s FA Cup with a comfortable win over Torquay United at the Exwick Sports Hub

City began in a hurry, Jenna Markham racing clear in the opening minute with her pull back for Sarah Stacey slotted past United Goalkeeper Emma Ayres for the lead. 

Amber Pollock was causing the visitors problems, forcing Ayres into two low saves to prevent City doubling their lead. Ayres the  prevented a Mollie Taylor header crossing the line with another stop as the Grecians pressure was relentless. 

City’s midfield mix was proving productive, Beth Ireland’s latest surging run created a chance for Markham, but her effort was fired over the crossbar. 

The home side’s dominance would eventually bring reward, Katie Grigg, enjoying one of her best performances, cut inside the Yellow’s defence to set up Zoe Cunningham to strike the ball firmly into the top corner past Ayres.

Five minutes later it was Stacey who set the ball on the edge of the penalty area, Cunningham firing the ball into the opposite top corner this time. 

The game eased in to a quiet period, City now comfortable and the Gulls looking to get a foothold in the tie. After successfully stemming the tide for a ten minute spell, it was an error that would allow the Grecians a half time bonus. Stacey intercepting a cross field pass before deliciously chipping Ayres from twenty five yards. Four up at the break.

Ireland came close to adding her first City goal early in the half, with the United defence looking to the clear the danger from the goal one the midfielder could just not get that crucial touch to take the ball over the line. 

The Gulls were certainly more competitive after the break, Bond forced into a low save from Ella Stephens as City were caught on the counter attack. However, with a steady flow of chances you always felt more Grecian Goals would come and it was Stacey who struck next. 

Connie Pengelly, on as a second half substitute, clipped the perfect cross in for her strike partner and Stacey poked the ball past Ayres for five. The United defence must be sick of the Grecians forward, it was her sixth goal against the Yellows in two games this season. 

A surging Pollock run led to Pengelly hitting the underside of the crossbar as City kept up the pressure. Creative play from the impressive Ireland led to another chance for Stacey, but it would be Cunningham who hit the sixth. Scrappy play on the edge of the United penalty area eventually saw the ball land for the City midfielder and she smashed past Ayres for her hat trick.

Ayres impressively denied Stacey from point blank range before Matilda Franchi hit her first senior goal with a low strike into the bottom corner just before the final whistle blew.

A perfect afternoon for Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley’s side, with progression to the next round coming with the added bonus of rotating out Captain Manfy Sharpe, Bow Jackson, Zoe Watkins, Phoebe Baker and Ishbel Zuurmond. The City management team will have been delighted with the performances of those who came in, Ellen Dixon particularly impressive in defence. 

Another bonus for Britton and Wakley will be the form of Zoe Cunningham, five goals in the last two home games for the midfielder as she begins to establish her presence on this City squad. 

All eyes will be on Monday’s draw, with City surely backing themselves against any team that they are paired with, particularly if they are drawn at fortress Exwick. 

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