City back in business
PUBLISHED: 13:19 07 October 2011
In the sunshine last Saturday 3,753 fans watched City fortunes take a turn for the better as they beat Oldham Athletic, a team 12th in the table and who have collected more points on their travels than at home, 2-0, writes Gareth Hughes.
The Grecians made a bright start, and Oldham were extremely lucky not to concede a penalty in the opening minute when City loanee Jake Taylor went down in the box after a challenge by Nathan Clarke as he burst through on goal.
On 18 minutes City striker Daniel Nardiello finished into the bottom corner to end a fine passing move that also involved James Dunne and Guillem Bauza. 1-0 up! In the second half Exeter doubled their advantage in the 48th minute when Scott Golbourne sent over a deep cross from the left. Jake Taylor headed the ball back across the face of goal and Bauza found the net with a near-post shot. Man of the Match was awarded to, and richly deserved by City keeper Artur Krysiak who was called to action in the second half as Oldham attempted to claw their way back into the game.
Paul Tisdale's team and their aspirations were boosted by Friday’s exciting loan signing of Leicester City midfielder Matt Oakley, 34. The former Leicester captain has played nearly 150 games for the Foxes and his experience, play and authority settled the midfield For the first time this season all the City strikers were available and again no surprise when both the two chosen to start scored. Happy days.
●On Tuesday it was hero to zero for Krysiak in the second round Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie 2-1 defeat to League 2 side Swindon.. The first signs of concern came with the absence of midfielders David Noble and Matt Oakley and the inclusion of a couple of fringe players. Krysiak tried to turn after receiving a back pass, but was robbed of possession by Jervis for the Robins, who walked the ball into an empty goal.
In fairness, Krysiak again made good saves later in the game. The highlight was a great goal from former Manchester United youngster Daniel Nardiello.
This Saturday it's an away trip to Bury, in 15th position but with only three points more than the Grecians.
Having not progressed in the cup on Tuesday; as they say we can focus on the league campaign. Has manager Paul Tisdale rested key players in the hope of gaining all three points from Bury? Come on you Reds- I feel another Tisdale masterstroke could be on the cards, and up the league we go.
We are always very keen to hear from those interested in learning more about us, and hopefully joining the East Devon Grecians. Check out our website http://www.eastdevongrecians.com/ or phone 01395 515552.The next home games are on Saturday 15th October hosting Huddersfield, followed by Rochdale at the park on 22nd October. Both matches ko is 3 pm.