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📝 Big match preview: City v Newport County AFC

All you need to know about Saturday's match against Newport County AFC

17 August 2018

Exeter City will be looking to continue their winning start to the 2018/19 season when they take on Newport County AFC at St James Park.

City have won all three of their matches so far this campaign, beating Carlisle United at home on the opening day before securing victories over Morecambe and then Ipswich Town.

However, Newport County AFC go into Saturday's match on the back of two victories including an impressive 4-1 win over Cambridge United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Therefore, manager Matt Taylor is expecting a tough test this Saturday.

“Newport are a good, strong team and they are on the back of two excellent victories as well," said Matt. 

“We are under no illusions how difficult the weekend is going to be. They will be in our face, they will be physical and they are a good team as well.

“He (Mike Flynn) has signed some good players. I know the manager pretty well.

“They have got good players in their group as have we and I expect it to be a real battle Saturday and hopefully we can come out on top, but we are going into every game with the same mindset to try and win the game."

WHEN WE LAST MET

Exeter City last played Newport County AFC on New Year's Day at Rodney Parade. County took the lead through a Padraig Amond header before Jayden Stockley equalised. However, a swift counter-attack and good shot from Robbie Willmott secured the points for the Welsh outfit. 

TICKET NEWS

The IP Office Stand is sold out for Saturday's game with Newport County AFC, meaning that there is only standing tickets available in the Thatchers' Big Bank. We would urge supporters to buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment although it is likely you will still be able to purchase tickets for the game on the day or pay by cash on the turnstiles. If you want to buy your ticket in advance you can do so by clicking on the following link or by calling 01392 413952.

MATCHDAY SPONSORS 

We would like to welcome our match sponsors City Plumbing and ball sponsor Dana Mulligan Marketing and PR to today's game.

For more information about any of our sponsorship opportunities please contact Matt Kimberley at matt.kimberley@ecfc.co.uk.

REMEMBERING FRANK SEALEY

Frank Sealey’s relatives join us at the game as we get the opportunity to come together to remember a much-loved member of Exeter City’s family.

Frank was the Trust Membership Secretary, membership co-ordinator of the Junior Grecians and stalwart of the ExEC 100 Club and we’ll be saying a few words about Frank at half time to be followed by a hugely deserved round of applause.

Click here to find out more.

GROUND INFORMATION

Redevelopment work: Due to the ongoing work around St James Park, all entry for home fans will be via the Stadium Way turnstiles into the IP Office Main Stand or the Thatchers’ Big Bank.

Turnstiles will open from 2pm.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Our matchday programme, The Grecian, will be available around the ground for just £3. Inside you can read an exclusive feature with right-back Pierce Sweeney as well as all the regular content from our contributors. 

FAMILY ZONE

The Junior Grecians family zone will be open to its members from 12.30pm on Saturday and at 1.30pm for everyone else, including away supporters. The zone has video consoles, large TV screens, a refreshments stall and table football. It is located near the players' entrance at the IP Office Stand. 

MASCOTS

We have four mascots at this afternoon's match: Harri Highman, Aiden Richardson, Connor Evans and Daisy Baker. 

You can read their profiles in the matchday programme. If you would like to be a matchday mascot this season, then contact our operations manager Andy Gillard via email at andy.gillard@ecfc.co.uk.

CLUB SHOP

The club shop will be open from 11am to give you the opportunity to make some purchases ahead of the match and will close at 5.30pm.


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