The rollercoaster continues its seemingly never-ending journey with us all on board, gripping on and riding out the lows and thrilling at the highs. And there were a few of both of those at the Bolton game on Saturday.

It was a second half to be proud of with two cracking goals within the first couple of minutes for One of Our Own, Sonny Cox and another point on the board. I’m pleased we got Sonny’s signature on that new contract, which has been extended until 2026. He’s still only 19, so I think we’re going to see a lot more from the talented former Exmouth schoolboy!

This weekend was a Her Game Too double header at St James Park and the men’s game was followed on Sunday by the Exeter City Women, which saw a great crowd of 2,660 cheer the team to a 5-0 victory over Maidenhead United, keeping them firmly and impressively at the top of the table.

It was a busy weekend for the whole Exeter City family with the two games at SJP and our partner charity Exeter City Community Trust’s Granite Way running event on Dartmoor. Their next race is the Exeter Live Better Marathon in May, so if you’re up for a distance run along the river, get your trainers on and sign up!

This week we celebrated our club’s enduring partnership with Exeter College. The college is such a fantastic asset for our city, and we’ve partnered with them for 20 years. Today, the partnership boasts more than 100 students on its men’s, women’s, CEFA and futsal academies, with the alumni including that man of the moment - Sonny Cox.

The Club and College, with support from the University of Exeter and Alphington Football Club, have recently invested in spectator seating pitchside at Exwick Sports Hub, where Exeter City Women play their home games. All in all, it’s been a fantastic partnership for two decades and I’m sure it will continue to strengthen and grow.

If you’ve ever visited the museum at St James Park, you’ll know it is an absolute treasure trove of memorabilia and historic items related to the club, all cared for with great passion by a committed group of volunteers.

It was wonderful to see the distant relatives of our first manager Arthur Chadwick had donated his International Trial Cap – dating back to 1900 - to the museum. His relatives made contact with the club after the museum, with the support of donations from City supporter groups and Southampton Football Club, restored Arthur’s grave, which had become dilapidated and overgrown. What a truly special item to add to the museum’s collections. They are always open on match-days, so make time for a visit, if you can.

I knew that the dartboard in the training ground’s canteen would be useful, but maybe Sweenz and TC need to get a bit more practice? They took on the ‘incredible’ Chiefs at the start of the Professional Darts, leg which took place at Westpoint recently, and it turns out that Sweenz’ accuracy with the ‘arras’ at Westpoint mirrored that of when he is front of the goal at SJP and the rugby boys took the title.

Seriously though, the bout, which took place before the likes of Luke Littler stepped up to the oche, was a great showcase for both of our Exeter professional sports clubs.

But forget the darts, it’s scoring on the pitch that we’re interested in and there are 10 games left and some decent opportunities to boost our points tally as we head towards the end of the season.

We’ve got four home games left, starting with Burton on Saturday, March 16, which is followed by Charlton Athletic on March 29, Stevenage on April 6 and our final game of the season, Oxford on April 27, so only a few more chances to get your football fix at home this season! See you at the Park – Up The City!

By Julian Tagg