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Exeter City v Bristol Rovers: Match preview

14 July 2016

Match Previews

Exeter City v Bristol Rovers: Match preview

14 July 2016

A look ahead to City’s first home game of pre-season

Exeter City vs. Bristol Rovers

Pre-season Friendly

St James Park

Saturday 16th July 2016

Kick-off: 3:00pm


Exeter City return to action at St James Park on Saturday afternoon, seventy-seven days since the Grecians rounded of their 2015/16 home campaign with a 1-1 draw against Morecambe.


One of the stand out sides in EFL 2 last season, Darrell Clarke’s side clinched promotion to the third tier with a last-gasp win over Dagenham & Redbridge on the final day of the season.

"I think it will be a nice bit of context for us. I near enough know the team – it is not set in stone yet – but it gives me a good chance to play 45 minutes, maybe an hour, with those players and get some kind of level of where we are compared to last year. said Tis. “It will be a good barometer to where we are considering that they were a promoted team last year in our league,"Manager Paul Tisdale admitted that the match would be a good barometer for how much progress his team have made having only played Bristol Rovers away in mid-April.

"For me, it will be an instant window into our state of progress, because I have got something to compare it to. We only played at Rovers two or three months ago. It gives me immediate context which is important over the next month.”


Tickets for this one can be purchased on the gate at SJP or in advance from the club's reception.

Last Meeting:

Bristol Rovers 3-1 Exeter City, Memorial Stadium (23rd April 2016)

Goals from Billy Bodin, Lee Brown and EFL 2 top-scorer Matty Taylor consigned Exeter City to a second defeat of the week at the Memorial Stadium, ending the Grecians' hopes of a play-off finish.

hereRead the full match report


Exeter City wins: 27

Bristol Rovers wins: 29

Draws: 31

Match Officials:


Referee: Lee Swabey

: Adam Hopkins & Andy Quin Assistants

Mark Whaley Fourth Official:

* Entry to the Thatchers' Big Bank will be via Stadium Way only. The Well Street Jungle Path turnstiles will be closed prior to kick-off. Fans leaving the ground after the final whistle can do so using both exits.


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