Exeter City come good at the last gasp in terms of home form

11:20 01 May 2014

East Devon Grecians logo

East Devon Grecians logo

Archant

‘City staying up’ was the chant at the end of the last Saturdays home game when City won 2-0 against table toppers Scunthorpe United, who themselves despite losing on the day, secured promotion to League One, writes Gareth Hughes.

In a season where Exeter’s home form left most fans distraught and confused, were in real fear of losing their Football League status, and fortunately the Grecians kept their best home performance of the campaign to the last.

This was an Exeter performance to savour, and against a team who had managed 15 consecutive away games without a loss, and were nineteen places and 31 points above the Grecians.

Under their new manager Russ Wilcox, the Iron had won 15, drawn 14 and lost none of their 29 League fixtures. In contrast Exeter had up to Saturday lost 17 of their last 29 games. Whilst the absolute reality is that whilst it has been a really tough and frustrating season for fans to endure, many still believed, and had seen enough signs that somewhere within the mix of players, and systems played, that this was for whatever reasons a team that despite underperforming, showed more promise than the results posted week in week out.

On the pitch this time though, City were as great on this occasion as they had been as bad the previous Monday against Torquay.

City were lively from the off, retained and enjoyed possession, moved the ball around at will, finding the spaces, and put pressure on Scunthorpe who had really nothing to show for the first half efforts.

The talk off the first half was City’s opener, his first goal scored for City in 89 appearances, scored by full back Craig Woodman. It came just before half-time from a Grecian free kick when the ball was cleverly passed to Woodman who from distance smashed it right into the top corner of the goal leaving their keeper grasping at nothing. Exeter’s second fine goal was forged from a Jimmy Keohane break from midfield with a 20-yard run through the Scunthorpe midfield and defence, and poking the ball into the net under their flailing keeper. A super and well deserved all round victory.

A City name to watch out for is 18-year-old Matt Grimes, who after the game, was awarded City Player of the year, and is tipped as a star in the making. Grimes has made 36 appearances for Exeter this season in his breakthrough campaign in the first team, and his performances have caught the attention of a number of Premier League and Championship clubs. Another winner this week are East Devon Grecians a local supporters Group, formed in Sidmouth in 2006 was named by Exeter City, as ‘Supporters Group of the Season winners’ Check out our website for all the details; www.eastdevongrecians.com.

On Saturday it’s the final game of the season with an away trip to Hartlepool United. With the pressure off it will be interesting to see how City fair. Certainly based on last week’s performance another and final win could easily be on the cards. Come on you Reds!

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

40 minutes ago
Wet Wet Wet now appearing at Honiton Football Club. Ref mhsp 0055-01-16SH. Photo Simon Horn

The first Saturday of February was a complete washout across the football and rugby divide in terms of East Devon Clubs.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:31
Tom Gooding receives the D Division East champions trophy from Devon League chairman Stuart Munday.

Ottery St Mary, Honiton and Kilmngton all picked up divisional titles at the Tolchards Devon Cricket League annual meeting, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:07

Newton Poppleford reach the half way stage of their Fresha League Three campaign when they travel to Clyst Valley Reserves tomorrow (Saturday).

Read more
Yesterday, 09:06
Sidmouth chiefs at home to Truro. Ref shsp 05-16TI 0081. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Chiefs went down 40-22 at home to Truro in their latest league match, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:06
rugbyl generic picture

Sidmouth Under-12s were beaten by a powerful Topsham when they sides met.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:05
Sidmouth B who have just secured the Exeter and District Winter League Division Four title

Sidmouth ladies B team completed their Winter League campaign last week, writes Kate Truman.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:05
Sidmouth RFC Under-7s pull funny faces before their latest round of matches

Sidmouth Under-7s were in action against Topsham and their meeting was switched to the drier climes of the artificial surface at the home of the Royal Marines, Lympstone, writes Simon Dunstan.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:05
Golf generic picture

Sidmouth ladies were pleased to get back on to the course on Wednesday after many weeks of inactivity due to the poor weather, writes Angela Coles.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:04
Sidmouth Under-9 squad

Sidmouth Under-9s entertained Topsham for a series of matches in what can best be described as ‘muddy conditions’.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:04

Just when you thought you were all organised - along comes a change of date, writes Susie Bonnell.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications