📝 Match Preview: Forest Green Rovers vs City

Exeter City kick-off 2020 with a short trip to face Forest Green Rovers in a 3pm kick-off at the New Lawn.

The Grecians come into the match in fine form, and are now 7 matches unbeaten in the League thanks to Saturday's 2-2 draw at Colchester. City sit second in the league just two points behind leaders Swindon Town.

Ahead of the match, Ryan Bowman, who scored the only goal when the two sides met at St James Park earlier in the season said: "They are in good form but we don't want to concentrate on them too much. We know what to expect having played them a couple months ago." 


Tickets can now only be purchased on the day at the New Lawn.

Ticket prices are as follows:

West Stand Uncovered Standing (available online/in person)

  • Adult: £18
  • 65+: £14
  • Under-21: £9
  • Under-16: £6
  • Under-11: FOC with paying adult

West Stand Seated (in-person only)

  • Adults: £23
  • 65+: £18
  • Under21: £12
  • Under-16: £8
  • Under-11: FOC with paying adult

West Stand Covered Standing (in-person only)    

  • Adult: £20
  • 65+: £16
  • Under-21: £10
  • Under-16: £7
  • Under-11: FOC with paying adult

Further details

  • Advance Discounts? No.
  • Ambulant: Pay age related price and carer free
  • Wheelchair: Pay age related price and carer free. These are located in the East Stand and available by calling or visiting the club.
  • Matchday Purchase available? YES, card payment preferred


Unable to make it to the New Lawn on Wednesday as City take on Forest Green Rovers? Don't worry! We've got you covered!

You can purchase a match pass on iFollow in both the UK and overseas at the cost of just £10. The stream includes the live BBC Radio Devon commentary, score overlay and replays.

To purchase a match pass please click here.



As usual, we’ll have the match covered across our social media channels and we’ll have a post-match interview with manager Matt Taylor as he reflects on the result. You can also tune into BBC Radio Devon to listen to commentary as well.


City come into the match in fine form, unbeaten in their last seven league matches and sit second in the League, just two points behind leaders Swindon Town.

Forest Green Rovers come into the match in fifth place having picked up 40 points from 24 matches so far this season and will have eyes on moving into the automatic promotion places.

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Forest Green Rovers 1 Macclesfield Town 0 | 29/12/19 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Farrend Rawson's second-half header ended Forest Green's seven-game winless run as they beat Macclesfield 1-0 in League Two.


Exeter City 1 Forest Green Rovers 0 | 12/10/19 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

A first-half strike from Ryan Bowman proved the difference as Exeter City beat Forest Green Rovers 1-0 at St James Park back in October.




The New Lawn is situated on the western edge of the picturesque Cotswold town of Nailsworth. The ground has a capacity of 4,803.


The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 10:30am for a fare of £22.

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services). Junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton.) All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.

For more information or to book please contact Chris Woolcott on 01392 250250 or John Bishop on 07904036334 or by email at: john.bishop760@btinternet.com (after 6pm).

Alternatively, drop into reception at St James Park to book.


To get to the New Lawn from Exeter you have to take the M5 to junction 13, where you exit the motorway onto the A419 towards Stroud. Go straight over three roundabouts and, after joining the A46, follow signs to Bath and Nailsworth. When you get to Nailsworth town centre, turn right at the mini roundabout into Spring Hill. Go over one roundabout and then turn left at the second roundabout into The New Lawn.


Parking is available at the neighbouring school, within easy walking distance (90m) from the stadium, at £5 per vehicle (card only) but spaces are limited and it is a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you choose to park in the local residential area, please park with consideration for our neighbours and adhere to local parking enforcement. Please be aware that Parking Enforcement Officers patrol the area on a matchday.

Parking at the stadium is reserved for pre-booked guests only (hospitality and Blue Badge holders).


The Park and Ride system that is normally in place for our trip to the New Lawn is not in operation this season as our fixture falls on New Year's Day. 


You can catch the 10.54am train on New Year's Day, that changes at Cheltenham Spa, to get into Stroud 1.28pm. Stroud is the nearest station to the New Lawn and from Merrywalks Shopping Centre, a short walk from the train stations, you can catch the number 63 bus and this takes around half an hour to get to the stadium. 

You can view the full route on the Stagecoach website.


The away bar is open three hours before kick off on matchdays, serving a selection of vegan beers and ciders, vegan hot drinks, and a selection of vegan snacks. The George Inn (GL6 ORF), about 15 minutes walk from the ground, is another option for pre-match drinks. 


Click here for a comprehensive guide to visiting the New Lawn from Forest Green Rovers.