On Tuesday, City travel to South Wales to play the rearranged fixture against Newport County.
Ahead of the match, Jed Penberthy has the lowdown on the key men in the Exiles’ squad keen to cause trouble for the Grecians.
Signing on loan in January from Colchester, Luke Gambin has filled the hole left by other loanees shipping back to their parent clubs. With two goals already since teaming up with Newport, the 27-year-old has sought to protect the South Welsh side’s early season form despite the departure of much of the team’s engine room.
Gambin is a Maltese international with 27 caps to his name, first getting his call-up whilst at Barnet in 2016 after gaining citizenship. He began his career with the Bee’s making his first team debut in 2012. Whilst at Barnet he was part of the team that got promotion from the Conference in 2015. After non-league loans to Hemel Hempstead Town and Hendon, Gambin found himself north of the capital at Luton, where again he gained promotion. Another temporary job at Crawley Town was added to his list before a permanent switch to Colchester in 2019.
The winger loves to cut in on his left-foot and has already shown his threat within the attacking half, after a superb solo goal against Oldham on his County debut.
Club captain Joss Labadie will be a huge boost to the County team as he is set to return to the squad, following his red card against Oldham last month. Michael Flynn has highlighted the influence of the 30-year-old in the build-up, asking the midfielder to channel his aggression in the right way.
A West Brom academy graduate Labadie has spent most of his playing career at this level with spells at Shrewsbury; Cheltenham and Tranmere, joining the latter permanently in 2010. Between 2013/14 Labadie had two spells down on the English Riviera at Torquay United.
Dagenham was his next destination after Plainmoor and in 2016 joined the Exiles where he now serves Captaincy, replacing Scot Bennett in the 2017/18 season. He’s accustomed to facing City with three goals in 8 apps against the Grecians.
Another January signing, Telford is known in Devon for his time spent under Ryan Lowe down the A38. Another solid striker at this level, Telford has experienced two promotions in the last two years from the fourth tier, first at Bury, then last season- after following his manager South.
Born in Lancashire, Telford opened his career at Blackpool before moving to Stoke in 2015. He would not make a senior appearance for the Potters but had impressed whilst at Bristol Rovers in the 2017/18 season. The 24-year-old then joined the Bury promotion side in 2018, featuring in both wins against City that campaign.
In and out of the Pilgrims squad this season has brought Telford to South Wales on an 18-month contract, hoping to extend his consecutive run of League Two promotions.