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📝 Match Preview: Exeter City Women vs Larkhall Athletic

All you need to know ahead of Sunday's match

18 December 2020

Exeter City Women are back in action this Sunday as they face Larkhall Athletic at the Exwick Sports Hub.

  • Venue: Exwick Sports HUB
  • 1pm Kick-Off
  • Temperature Checks, Track & Trace
  • Refreshments Available
  • £3 Adults, £1 Concessions. Exeter City Season Ticket Holders and Junior Grecians GO FREE

COVID SANCTIONS:

Track and Trace, Temperature Check on entry, Social Distancing and a limit on capacity will all be precautions in place on the day. We wish to make your afternoon a safe and enjoyable one.

MATCH PREVIEW

With a week of heavy rain forecast, Sunday’s trip to Larkhall has been reversed and sees the Somerset side head to Devon instead. From Larkhall’s viewpoint, the eagerness for the fixture to go ahead is clear, James Gooddard’s side have not played since October 18 when they fell to a surprise FA Cup defeat at AEK BOCO.

Larkhall have certainly had an eventful start to the 2020/2021 campaign. A draw on the opening day against Maidenhead United was followed by a heavy defeat against Swindon. The 5-2 Home loss was to be the end of Jay Powell’s tenure at the Club, just two games in to the new season. The Larks won 6-3 at Brislington next time out before an impressive 3-3 Home draw against Cheltenham Town proved to be their final National League encounter before the weather and lockdown took its toll.

The Managerial combination of James Goddard and Jonathan House were appointed after a spell at Royal Wootton Bassett Town and there has been an overhaul in playing staff to meet their arrival. Lydia Newton, Alex Titcomb, Abi Footner, Jessie Wills and Rebecca McKay have all been signed to bolster the squad and a new era is ready to emerge, just as soon as they can start playing matches! The Cup defeat to AEK BOCO was one of the shocks of the Second Qualifying Round and a setback, AEK subsequently being drawn against Exeter City in the next round and suffering a 7-0 loss, but City will be facing a revitalised new look team this weekend.

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Rhian Robbins will undoubtedly pose one of the biggest threats. A player who already has a National League hat trick to her name this season, hitting three against Brislington, Rhian also scored two against Cheltenham Town and certainly knows where the goal is. Amongst the new signings is Alex Titcomb, a player who will be known to City as she was part of the visiting AEK BOCO side in the FA Cup tie between the sides. Captain Kate German will also pose a major threat, a long serving Larks player, she has a history of scoring goals at this level and, alongside Robbins, will demand the City defence be at its best to secure three points.

The Grecians faced Larkhall Athletic on one occasion last season, a 3-0 home victory with goals from Kaptein, Gillies and Watkins. Clive Watts’ side have lost their last two in League action and will be targeting Sunday’s game as a chance to get three points and head in to the New Year ready to climb back up the National League table.

HOW TO FOLLOW:

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