Match preview: City v Barnet

Exeter City will end 2017 with a home match against Barnet.

City go into the match sixth in the table after they dropped out of the automatic promotion places on Boxing Day when their game against Forest Green Rovers was abandoned at half-time with the scores level at 0-0.

However, manager Paul Tisdale is not getting too worried about their position in the table with half of the season still left to play.

"There are 20-plus games to go and it is about an overall points tally and it will be about what we gain from those 20-odd games," said Tis. “We have got a target that we would look to and we need a certain amount of points. So sometimes you have to avoid being too precious about where you sit in the league although it does help a lot with confidence and positivity. However, there is little you can do when your match is abandoned and other teams win. You are incapable of effecting the league.”

Meanwhile Barnet boss Mark McGhee is not looking to make too many changes ahead of their match with City having set on a good formation and formula.

“I think I am getting to a point now where I have a fairly clear picture of most of them,” said McGhee. “Some I think I might have over-estimated what they might do for us and some I might have under-estimated what they might do for us.

“However, now I am getting to the point where I have a measure of them and I can start to feel who are the most important 11 or 12 outfield players are and who should be in the team.

“Then, as we did on Tuesday, we put out a team that is in a shape as simple as it can be and that gets us the strengths in the team that we need defensively – and giving us a chance of punching back – and we did that with a 4-1-4-1.”


The IP Office Stand is sold out for the match against Barnet, meaning there is only standing tickets available in the Thatchers Big Bank. These can be purchased in advance, at a discounted rate, by clicking on the following link or by phoning 01392 411243.

You can also purchase tickets on the day of the game, as well as collect pre-purchased tickets, from the ticket booth in Red Square. You can also pay with cash on the turnstiles at the Thatchers Big Bank.


icket collection for our match with West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, January 6, will be available to collect from the ticket booth in Red Square prior to kick-off and for a short time after the match. Please note that ticket sales for the West Brom game will not be able to be processed by members of staff in the ticket booth on Saturday as they will be busy selling tickets for the game that day.

If you are community, bronze, silver or gold member or a season ticket holder and wish to purchase a ticket for the match against West Brom you can do so by clicking on the following link.


Thank you to our match and ball sponsor Crealy. Crealy Adventure Park is situated near Clyst St Mary on the outskirts of Exeter and is one of the best family days out in the South West. You can find out more about the theme park by clicking on the following link.

We have an extensive range of sponsorship opportunities for our remaining games this season. For more information, contact Jake Wood at Exeter City at


The away terrace and the Stagecoach Family Stand will not be open to supporters for the game due to redevelopment work at the club. All entry for home fans will be via the Stadium Way turnstiles into the IP Office Main Stand or the Thatchers' Big Bank. There will be no entry possible from the Jungle Path/Well Street side to the Thatchers' Big Bank. For more information read the following article.


The Junior Grecians family zone will be open to its members from 12.30pm on Saturday and then to the general public, including away supporters, from 1.30pm. The zone has video consoles, large TV screens, a refreshments stall and table football. For zone is located in Red Square. For more information on it read the following article


Please note that the kiosk in the Junior Grecian family zone is open to fans during half-time. If fans from the IP Office stand wish to use these kiosks it will reduce the queues at the other vending points in the ground.


There are nine mascots for the match against Barnet. They are as follows: Kai MacManus, Ryan Hawkins, Sunny Webber, Darcey, Caitlin and Sacha Peters, Louis Parker, Tommy James and Lukas Johnson. You can read their profiles on page 11 of the matchday programme.


Dean Moxey is the feature interview in Saturday’s programme. He talks about settling to life back in Exeter and what the dressing room is like now compared to his first time at the club.

There are all the usual features as well, including Peter Hatch taking on The Grecian’s first, best and worst quiz. You can pick up a copy of the programme for £3 from the club shop & reception and around the ground.


The club shop will be open from 11am to 5pm on matchdays. The club shop is located in Red Square at the back of the IP Office Stand.