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📝 Match Preview: Walsall vs City

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match

6 March 2020

Exeter City are back on the road this Saturday as they travel to face Walsall in a 3pm kick-off at the Banks's Stadium.

The Grecians dropped to fourth on the back of Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with promotion rivals Crewe Alexandra but are level on points with third place. 

Ahead of the match, manager Matt Taylor was keen to emphasise that the club is in a strong position as we go into the final ten games.

"We are still in a good place," said Matt. "We have to approach the game with the right mentality and mindset. There are ten games to go and thirty points to play for."

THE CONTEXT

The Grecians come into the match on the back of a pair of 1-1 draws at St James Park and will be looking to pick up a big three points on Saturday to push back into the automatic places.

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LAST MATCH

Walsall 2 Port Vale 2 | February 22, 2020 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Walsall came from behind twice to earn a valuable point against Port Vale at the Banks’s Stadium.

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTER

Exeter City 3 Walsall 3 | Saturday, December 21, 2019 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Exeter City battled back from three goals down to earn a point at home to Walsall. The Grecians had a poor opening half hour of the match where an own goal from Pierce Sweeney, a strike from Caolan Lavery and a header from Josh Gordon had them three-nil down after half an hour. However, they showed great resolve to pull the tie back to 3-2 before half-time and then equalised in the second half through Lee Martin.

MATCH DAY COVERAGE

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.

Exeter City on social media

STADIUM: BANKS'S STADIUM (WS1 4SA)

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Built in 1990, the Bescot Stadium - currently known as the Banks's Stadium for sponsorship reasons - replaced Walsall's old home with was named Fellow's Park. Sir Stanley Matthews opened the stadium prior to a friendly match with Aston Villa. The ground has a capacity of 11,300. Visiting supporters are housed behind one goal in the University of Wolverhampton Stand, which is complete with a licensed bar and TVs.

There are 10 pitch-level wheelchair bays in the Community Stand for away supporters.

TICKET NEWS

There are around 30 advance tickets left for City's trip to the Banks' Stadium to face Walsall on Saturday, March 7, tickets can then be purchased on the day.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here. Tickets can also be purchased from the club shop until midday on Friday, March 6.

Tickets can also be purchased on the day.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults: £20
  • Young persons (18-21): £16
  • Over-60s: £15
  • Under-18s: £10
  • *Family ticket: £22*

*A family ticket includes one adult and one under-18 ticket. Family tickets are also only availble to parent/grandparent and grandchild groups and are not available to siblings/cousins or freindship groups. 

Further details:

  • Advance Discounts? Yes, £2 increase on matchday
  • Ambulant: Pay age related price and carer free
  • Wheelchair: Age related and carer free
  • Matchday Purchase available? Yes

GRECIAN TRAVEL

  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 9am for a fare of £30.

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.

How to buy

The easiest way to buy is online, or on your mobile using the clubs ticketing system.

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.

TRAVEL GUIDE

BY ROAD

The stadium is located next to the M6 motorway therefore you need to take the M5 north before joining the M6 for a short time. Leave at junction nine and take the A461 towards Walsall, turn right onto the A4148 (Wallowes Lane) and right again at the second set of traffic lights. The ground will appear on your left.

BY RAIL

Regular services from Exeter St David's to Bescot Stadium railway station leave Exeter at 27 minutes past the hour and take around three and a half hours to get to the destination with a change at Birmingham New Street. The last train to return following the game leaves at 7.34pm. The station is a two-minute walk from the staduim. 

PARKING

Car parking is available at the stadium at a cost of £4 per car, £6 per minibus and £12 per coach, including disabled supporters.

The Green Zone car park is locked two hours after the final whistle; any vehicles left on the car park after this time will be locked in. Parking is also available at the nearby Bescot Stadium Railway Station for £2. There are free parking facilities for cyclists outside the Main Stand.

PUBS/FOOD

According to Walsall's official website, all supporters are welcome at the King George V pub (WS2 9BZ) and New Fullbrook (WS1 3HL) both of which are within walking distance of the ground. There is also a McDonald's at Bescot retail park, which is adjacent to the stadium. 

Supporters are reminded that only food and drink purchased from the Banks's Stadium can be consumed inside the ground. The following food and drink items are available withing the stadium

Hot Food: Chicken balti pie £3.20, steak pie £3.20, Cornish pasty £2.70, jumbo sausage roll £2.20, cheese and onion pie (V) £2.70, beefburger £3.40, cheeseburger £3.60, hotdog £3.60

Cold Food: Yorkie £1, Aero £1, Kit Kat chunky £1, crisps £1.

Drinks: Pepsi £2.20, Pepsi Max £2.20, Tango orange £2.20, water £1.20, Fruit Shoot £1.00, coffee £2.20, Tea £2.20, hot chocolate £2.20, Bovril £2.20.

Kids snack box: £3.50 for a small hotdog, Pom bears, fruit shoot and a Freddo

AWAY FANS' GUIDE

Click here to read an independent fans' guide to visiting the Bescot Stadium

TOTAL DISTANCE

The total distance between the St James Park and the Banks's Stadium is 164 miles and takes around three hours to drive. 

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