Exeter City - latest news from the East Devon Grecians

10:39 30 January 2014

East Devon Grecians

East Devon Grecians


Exeter is among the top five happiest cities in the UK, according to a recent press article which drew conclusions from an analysis of millions of photographs from a social media site, writes Gareth Thomas.

Whilst none of us would in any way want to dispute this, unfortunately the City’s football team, certainly up to last Tuesday was not enjoying the success on the pitch and Grecian fans have had little to smile about.

Clearly though there was huge disappointment with another defeat last Saturday as the Grecians went down to a 2-1 defeat at AFC Wimbledon. As in the Bristol game City took an early lead when the Dons defence was under pressure gave away an own goal in the 4th minute. It was another good start by the Grecians which included Matt Grimes forcing the keeper into a near post save and an effort from Jimmy Keohane who headed over from close range. City had started with some fluid attacking football and the Dons had their best chance just after half an hour’s play and then began to enjoy more possession. Unfortunately they made this count and were able to celebrate their first home goal in the 37th minute. A couple of game changers came at the beginning of the second half. One was when Matt Grimes was scythed down right in front of the referee, and which took the City player out of the game to take no further part in proceedings. The second game changer was a clear penalty when Tom Nicholls was bought down in the box, but typical of City’s current fortunes, no spot kick was awarded!

By now the Dons were in the ascendancy and scored the winner in the 74th minute. On Tuesday evening City welcomed Oxford United to St James Park who have the best away record in the league having not lost a game away from home all season. The result was certainly an enjoyable game and both sides played out an entertaining, yet goalless 0-0 draw. Exeter pressured Oxford especially in the second half but struggled to make it count in front of goal. Against a well practised resilient Oxford side, City’s defence and midfield play did get the better of United, but again could not make it count in the final third and in front of goal despite all their good work. There was also good news in that Matt Oakley was on the bench after three months out through injury, and Jimmy Keohane who has not been a first team regular, put in an impressive performance and rightfully was man of the match. Whilst City have still have lots to do and need to start winning games again, there was a mood around the ground that this was a step in the right direction and there were plenty of smiling faces to confirm that!

This Saturday the Grecian face another away trip to Burton Albion whose midweek game to Torquay was postponed. Still in a play-off position, Burton lost their last game to Fleetwood. The next game at St James Park will be on Tuesday February 4, when Citys under-21 side host their counterparts from Burnley FC in the quarter final of the Premier League cup. In their last two games at home in the cup the Grecians have seen off Southampton and Blackburn Rovers under-21 teams. Come on you Reds!

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.


Other Sport Stories

Exmouth action at Cleve Picture by Jan McCarthy

Exmouth were 22-21 winners at Cleve thanks to a superb second half display.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:26
Local derby action between the under twelve teams of Brixington Blues and Exmouth United at Withycombe Common on Saturday. Ref exsp 5201-45-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn.

Local youth football derby in pictures.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:20
Madeira action (left to right); Tim Bevan, Millie Powell, Janet Allen, Bill Rainton and Penny Preece.

It was the turn of Catherine King and Jan Roberts to provide Madeira excitement at the national ladies’ pair’ championship, writes Jude Latta.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:17
Short mat bowls generic picture

There was another busy week of action in the East Devon Short Mat Bowls League last week, writes Caroline Pavey.

Read more
Saturday, November 21, 2015
James Vidler (left) is welcomed to Exmouth RFC by sponsor Nigel Bolt of Stalite Signs.

Australian back three player James Vidler has signed for Exmouth RFC and is being sponsored by Stalite Signs.

Read more
Friday, November 20, 2015

Withycombe Under-12s secured a tremendous double victory when they travelled to Cullompton.

Read more
Friday, November 20, 2015
golf generic picture

We now move into the period of winter competitions, eclectic and knockouts, synonimous with the winter period, writes John Bridgman.

Read more
Friday, November 20, 2015
Swimming pool

A total of eight Exmouth Swimmers travelled to the Exe Valley Leisure Centre for the ninth annual Tiverton Sparkler Meet, and came away with 10 medals and 14 personal bests, writes Marcus Allen.

Read more
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Joy Penberthy in action for Madeira

Madeira Ladies have been doing the club proud again, this past week, writes Jude Latta.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 11°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

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

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Search for a job in Exmouth

Find planning applications