Exeter City show green shoots of recovery with draw at Burton

PUBLISHED: 10:10 06 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:10 06 February 2014

East Devon Grecians

East Devon Grecians

Archant

The latest offering from the Exeter City supporters group - the East Devon Grecians

Whether we are seeing the first sign of the red and white shoots of recovery in Exeter City’s fortunes remains to be seen, but there are certainly more positive signs and good news about, writes Gareth Thomas.

Starting with the game away to Burton last Saturday the Grecians collected another well won point from a team in the playoffs last season, and with real ambitions for a shot these season at promotion to League One, and already 13 points ahead of Exeter in the table.

The game was played in difficult conditions with a heavy pitch and strong gusty winds making life good football tricky. Having said that though, City had the ball in the back of the net twice in the first half. For the first one the referee decided that there had been a foul on the Burton keeper which is fair enough. The second disallowed goal was ruled offside and seemingly so tight a decision that it would have kept the Match of the Days pundits debating all night!

With Liam Sercombe enjoying one of the best games in recent times and John O’Flynn in the starting line up and also working hard up front as a lone striker, they both combined well to bring City the opening goal. In the 56th minute a fierce O’Flynn’s shot was well saved by the Burton stopper but the ball cannoned off a Burton player and ended up in the net. Yes it was another own goal , the third in as many games, but clearly the red and white shoots of recovery come in many forms! Unfortunately, two minutes later the game was levelled and after that both teams had chances to win the game but it was not to be. Overall a very good result summed up by manager Paul Tisdale who said: “I haven’t seen a performance where our front players put as much pressure on their defence as we did today. That’s not just John O’Flynn and Jimmy Keohane – that includes Arron Davies and Liam Sercombe. They were exceptional as a group. There are lots of things that show optimism going into this really big couple of months for us.”

Last Tuesday’s planned quarter final of the Under-21 Premier League Cup against visiting Burnley was postponed due to the weather conditions.

The young Grecians having beaten Crystal Palace, Southampton and Blackburn in previous rounds and the game will be rescheduled.

This Saturday it’s a home game when the once mighty Portsmouth, and now the largest fan-owned football club in England, visit St James Park.

With Pompey just trailing Exeter by two points in the league table there is much at stake. There is no doubt that with a big travelling support, fans of this Trust owned club will turn up in big numbers. City will be looking to avenge the 3-2 defeat last November which unfortunately was the first back to back defeats the Grecians had suffered this season. Hopefully a City win will mark the continuation of the recent change in fortunes. Come on you Reds!

A date for your diary is Monday February 17, when the annual East Devon Grecians quiz will be held in the War Memorial Club , with the likelihood of a couple of players attending!

Please contact Di Lee on 01395 577567 for more information.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 09:47

Brixington Blues and Lympstone Under-10s ended all square with neither side being able to find a goal after a well-contested local derby.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:59

A ‘Five clubs and a putter’ Stableford competition was the latest event held at East Devon, writes Paul Willoughby.

Read more
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Two of the top three in the Exmouth Netball League met when Cougars and Replay went head-to-head.

Read more
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Exmouth Cricket Club have a new chairman of cricket in place ahead of the new season.

Read more
Friday, April 21, 2017

Exmouth Cricket Club has a new chairman in place as the new season gets under way.

Read more
Friday, April 21, 2017

Budleigh Salterton powered their way into the Axminster Hospital Cup final with a 6-1 win under the Greenway Lane floodlights against Macron League top flight side Upottery.

Read more
Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Fast Friday race on Exeter’s Quayside on Good Friday did in fact turn out to be a fast race for the contingent from Exmouth Harriers, writes Cathy Newman.

Read more
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Did you know that just about anybody can learn to fish? Fishing really is a four-season leisure pastime, and one of its joys is that in each season there are different and exciting fish to catch.

Read more
Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Exmouth Bridge Club played their Club Pairs championship, writes Carla Pickering.

Read more
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Budleigh Salterton all but ended any doubts about their staying in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division when they returned from a midweek visit to Crediton United with a richly deserved share of the spoils from a game that produced six goals.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications