Three of Exeter City’s first team squad are set to meet in the FA Cup second qualifying round this weekend, following a productive few weeks on loan at their respective sides.
Harry Kite, who played the full 90 minutes in Dorchester Town’s 2-2 Southern League Premier Division draw with Beaconsfield on Saturday, is getting plenty of game time in the Magpies midfield.
He has played every minute of Dorchester’s games this month as Steve Thompson side have gone on a four-game unbeaten run. That has included a league victory over Hartley and Witney, in which Harry scored, and an FA Cup replay triumph over Wimborne Town, in which the Exeter City midfielder picked up the man-of-the-match accolade.
The win over Wimborne has also set up an intriguing FA Cup second qualifying round match against league rivals Tiverton Town, who currently have Josh Key and Joel Randall on loan from Exeter.
“It is going to be an interesting tie,” said Exeter City’s under-23s manager Dan Green. “There will be a little bit of banter flying around their changing room this week ahead of that match and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.”
Joel made his return from injury for Tivvy on Saturday as he came off the bench to good effect in a 2-2 draw at Kings Langley – a point with keeps Martyn Rogers’ side level on points with league leaders Weymouth.
Meanwhile Josh Key has started every FA Cup and league match for Tiverton this month and Dan Green says the Ladysmead side are happy with his performances.
“There are really pleased with Josh at the moment,” said Dan. “He is working really hard. I think they are yet to see the very best of him in terms of what he can do in an attacking sense but what is really pleasing is that he is making himself selectable off of his work rate and his willingness to apply himself for the team.
“I have no doubt that his quality will shine through as well with the more experience that he gets.”
Elsewhere in non-league, Ben Seymour played the full 90 minutes for Gloucester City as they were beaten 1-0 at home to Chippenham on Saturday, while Alex Hartridge came off the bench in Truro City’s 2-0 defeat to Hampton & Richmond.
Up next at St James Park:
City take on Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, March 2 in a 3pm kick-off. Ticket prices are cheaper in advance. Click here to buy online.