Bubbling City build up for big win

As Exeter City fans joined the coach leaving Sidmouth, the poor weather conditions made for a difficult journey last Saturday to Colchester, for what was being billed as a more than difficult game for the Grecians.

As Exeter City fans joined the coach leaving Sidmouth, the poor weather conditions made for a difficult journey last Saturday to Colchester, for what was being billed as a more than difficult game for the Grecians.

For Ian Emerson, a regular traveller to away games, the journey was well worth it and he enthused: "We could have been two up within the first five minutes, with Fleetwood hitting the post and having a ball cleared off the line, a great start! It became clear to me that the pitch and the wind would be a major player and so it turned out. City adapted to the conditions much better than the Us and went 1-0 up, courtesy of Fleetwood.

"After levelling, the Us conceded again via a brilliant free kick from Ryan Harley. Overall, the City players worked very hard and continued to play attractive football frustrating the Us' players who became more and more desperate and physical. A great day out and we did deserve to win, and most of us on the coach would have settled for a draw before we set off."

The 2-2 draw away to fourth place Colchester who had previously won five out of their last six home games was indeed a great result and, ironically, the outcome moved Colchester into third spot in the league.


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City will have enjoyed the observations of both team managers. Aidy Boothroyd said: "Exeter adapted to the conditions better than us. They played better than us, which is very rare I say that because I've got such a good team."

City manager Paul Tisdale was also emphatic with his views: "It's so disappointing because we were fabulous today. It's the best we've played all season by a stretch. Apart from some schoolboy defending on the half-way line, with a couple of minutes to go, we were outstanding. The players were absolutely brilliant.

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"Sometimes you look at it through rose-tinted glasses, but I can't see anything other than we deserved to win, the players were outstanding.

"This is the third game on the bounce where I think we have been excellent. That was one of the best attacking performances of the season. We were bold and played three up front and I don't think too many people will come here and play three up front against them."

l This weekend it's another away trip, this time to Edgeley Park, the home of Stockport County who find themselves in the relegation zone, having lost four of their last league games.

With the Hatters having to contend with a poor league home record of losing their last three, confidence amongst the City faithful will be high, and there will be no thoughts of settling for a draw this weekend.

So it's off we go again, and come rain or shine we can be sure that the East Devon Grecians, and the team, will give it their all. Come on, you Reds!

l For anyone interested in following City on their travels EDG have a coach leaving Sidmouth for all away games and for more details please contact Di Lee on (01395) 577567.

We are always very keen to hear from those interested in learning more about us, and hopefully joining the East Devon Grecians. Check out the website http://www.eastdevongrecians.com/ or phone (01395) 515552.

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