Four points take City into the play-off position

PUBLISHED: 13:19 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:22 17 June 2010

The Grecians managed to secure their first point of 2009 on Saturday after a goalless draw at home to Bury. Paul Jones played well in goal for the Grecians with a host of good saves in the first half to keep the Shakers at bay.

The Grecians managed to secure their first point of 2009 on Saturday after a goalless draw at home to Bury.

Paul Jones played well in goal for the Grecians with a host of good saves in the first half to keep the Shakers at bay.

Bury had the best of the first half and should have been ahead with only two minutes on the clock after Andy Bishops close range shot was turned around the post by Jones. It wasn't just the Grecians' keeper who was kept on his toes. Adam Stansfield, Ryan Harley and Manny Panther all had good chances saved in the first half.

After the break, it was Exeter's turn to dominate the game and again they came close with chances from Richard Logan, Danny Seabourne and Ryan Harley. This was Logan's first game in two months after being dropped in November.

After the match Paul Tisdale said: "He deserved to come out of the side but thoroughly deserved his start. He's done well in training and it's no coincidence that, when he puts that sort of effort in, his performance picks up."

Exeter's second game this week was on Tuesday evening when they travelled away to Dagenham & Redbridge. Three hundred and sixty-five Exeter fans went to the game and were treated to a Craig McAllister double which saw the Grecians bring all the points back to Devon.

The first goal was a rebound from a saved penalty after McAllister was tripped just inside the area. Dagenham came back with a goal in the dying moments of the first half. However, Exeter's lead was re-established just moments into the second half after McAllister drove Steve Tully's cross into the back of the net.

Paul Tisdale has dabbled in the transfer market this week and signed Tottenham Hotspur youngster Troy Archibald-Henville on a one-month loan deal. Although he's never made it into the first team, the central defender is currently the Tottenham reserve team captain. Troy made his debut on Tuesday against Dagenham.

On Monday, the East Devon Grecians hosted an evening with the Exeter City commercial team. Kim Scatchley, Sidford, reported that over 50 members attended. The evening was very informative and he felt that the club was in safe hands.

Di Lee, from Sidmouth, who helped organise the event, said that over £100 was raised for the club through a raffle on the night

The Grecians' next game is on Saturday when they travel to Gillingham. The previous meeting between these teams saw Exeter take all the points with a 3-0 win in October. Adam Stansfield was on form that day, scoring two goals in the last few minutes of the first half, with Logan scoring the other early on. The Grecians are on the road again on Wednesday where they travel to Chesterfield and then are back at St James Park next Saturday where they entertain Barnet.

Exeter's four points this week take their season total up to 40 points, and places them back into a playoff place in sixth position. The top of the table is very competitive this season with only 10 points separating the top 10 teams. The Grecians are three points off second spot and nine away from Wycombe who are still leading the way.

l If you'd like more information about joining the East Devon Grecians, contact Gareth Hughes via E-mail on hughes.gareth@btinernet.com , via telephone on (01395) 515552, 07879801477, or visit the website at www.eastdevongrecians.com

By David Edwards-Hughes

East Devon Grecians


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