💬 Ryan Bowman: “It’s vital to pick up points against those teams around you.”

Ryan Bowman says the Exeter City players are raring to return back to league action when they host Northampton Town this weekend.

The Grecians are unbeaten in six and face Northampton on Saturday, in which is a top of the table clash between fourth and sixth in Sky Bet League Two.

Northampton are in good form themselves having won five of their last six fixtures and currently sit in fifth position in the league, two points and two places adrift of City.

The City striker said that the players are looking forward to the challenge against a strong side, in what should be an exciting clash.

“Back to the league on Saturday and we are raring to go,” said Ryan. “We know what to expect from them, we know they’re a physical side and we know they’ve got their weaknesses as any other club has.

“We’ve gone about it this week how to exploit them like we do any other team. The boys are looking forward to it, we’ve been sharp this week in training and we’re raring to go.”

Ryan also spoke of the importance of gaining points from other promotion rivals.

He said: “It’s vital to pick up points against those teams around you, come the end of the season that’s what’s going to get you there or there about and where you want to be.

“They’re on good form and will be up for the game, as will the fans, so we’ve got to create our own atmosphere on the pitch on Saturday and hopefully get the win.”

On a more personal note, although he’s joint top-scorer this season with Nicky Law with six goals, Ryan says there’s still more to come from him.

“I would have liked a few more,” he said. “I think I went six games before Saturday’s game where I didn’t get a goal, so I was due one. But I feel like my performances have been there, I just needed goals. Thankfully I got one on Saturday and hopefully I can start a little run now.”

“All my goals have been at home so I’m due one away! It’s quality playing in front of our home fans, especially the ones at the Big Bank, they’re always there an hour before kick-off ready to go and support the boys. It’s an old cliché but they are the twelfth man for us, especially when they’re singing for you throughout the game, it doesn’t go unnoticed.”

The annual meet the players signing event is also taking place tonight and the striker knows the importance of the City fans.

“It’s good to keep that bond and relationship between the players and the fans and it’s great to have that and it is all good for the club!”