Opinions part of the game

08:47 08 February 2013


Last Saturday Exeter City secured a home point against Aldershot. That result, alongside other results, leaves City still in a playoff position and has many City fans still confused about the team’s home form, writes Gareth Hughes.

As we have come to expect though, in football there are many contrasting opinions with everyone keen to voice their own.

After the game Sidmouth fan Ian Emerson’s first reaction after the game was that he was pleased with the result against a team who had battled hard to earn their away point. His views were not only backed up by Paul Tisdale but also by City defender Pat Baldwin who commented: “It was pleasing that we kept a clean sheet. That’s a big positive to take out of it. It wasn’t a great day for a game of football really, it suited them more than it did us, so we’re pleased that we ground a result out.”

The reality is, of course, is that a football team cannot win every game and it’s as much a game of opinions as football.

The first half was pretty dire to watch, with the point apiece doing little for either side’s respective promotion and relegation plans. Aldershot seemed set up in a similar fashion to the way they had played at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fourth round the previous weekend, which had seen them almost claim a memorable draw against the Championship club.

It was indeed a desperately poor first half, evidenced if it were needed to be, by an almost lifeless crowd, with the players having to contend with a difficult pitch and, in fairness, Aldershot looked more likely to score, especially from set plays and corners.

Exeter’s starting point in a game, to their credit, seems always to play their passing game. The difficulty some fans have with that is that the more physical teams are wise to this and can appear to be physically superior in the tackle and in breaking up the game.

Positives from the City performance are an improving influential performance from Guillem Bauza who started his first full game after a long period of injury, Alan Gow, a master of control and trickery with the ball at his feet, was releasing the ball a lot quicker, and Cureton, whilst he did not cause his usual problems for the Shots’ defence, completed his first full game following a three-match ban and his part role in the Torquay game. City did manage to open the play late in the second half and passed the ball with improved accuracy but unfortunately with no goals.

● This Saturday it’s an away trip to Morecambe who, in mid-table, trounced York City 4-1 last Saturday, away from home. Morecambe have lost just three games at home having also drawn six times. The Grecians have won nine of their away games and whilst a tall order, another away win would be brilliant and even an away point well received.

As the final league two places are sorted at the end of the season it could be very telling how important a point gained is - including the one from last Saturday. Come on you Reds!

●The next home game is on Friday, February 15, which kicks off at 7.45 pm with Accrington Stanley being the visitors.

●On Monday, February 11, all are welcome to the War Memorial Club in Sidmouth where City players Artur Krysiak and John O’Flynn are the visitors to an East Devon Grecians open quiz evening starting at 7.30 pm.

Other Sport Stories

Thu, 08:57
Avocet being put through its paces by the crew in the race from Topsham to Shelley Beach

After the success of the Turf Lock row in the summer, Exmouth Gig Club members weren’t behind the door in committing to take part in a Sunday row to Topsham and back, writes Phil Gater.

Read more
Thu, 08:57
Exe SC Sailability event

This year has seen another milestone for the Sailability project, writes Rex Frost.

Read more
Thu, 08:57
Withy 2nd XV action versus Crediton II

Withycombe made sure the form book ran true as they underlined their table-topping status to put hosts Newquay top the sword, beating the Cornish side 72-5.

Read more
Thu, 08:57
Witjycombe Under-13 action V Brixham

Withycombe Under-13s were worthy 55-5 winners when they entertained Brixham.

Read more
Thu, 08:57
Withycombe Under-10 action

Withycombe Under-10s were unlucky at Brixham where they had travelled with a much depleted squad of twelve to face the stern challenge of the hosts and were ultimately beaten 18-10.

Read more
Thu, 08:57
20151004 Copyright onEdition 2015©
Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition

Withycombe RFC U12's team at The Land Rover Premiership U11's Rugby Cup, Exeter - Land Rover is a proud supporter of grassroots rugby and a partner of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup for nearly a decade. Land Roverâ We Deal In Realâ campaign aims to champion grassroots rugby on the global stage during Rugby World Cup 2015. Follow @Land RoverRugby #WeDealInReal

For press contacts, contact: Michael White at Fast Track on E: michael.white@fasttrackagency.com or T: +44 (0)20 7593 5200

If you require a higher resolution image or you have any other onEdition photographic enquiries, please contact onEdition on 0845 900 2 900 or email info@onEdition.com
This image is copyright onEdition 2015©.
This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not grant

Withycombe Under-12s were comfortable winners when they hosted Brixham at Raleigh Park.

Read more
Thu, 08:56

Following the narrow defeat at Tavistock the previous week, Exmouth Under-14s were confident that they were capable of securing a much needed win when Tavy arrived at Imperial Road.

Read more
Thu, 08:56

Exmouth Quins continued their unbeaten season with a 41-23 victory at Cullompton II.

Read more
Thu, 08:53

The East Devon seniors played a three-ball better ball, at 3 Ball Better ball, writes Paul Willoughby.

Read more
Thu, 08:51
Football generic picture

Budleigh Reserves went down 3-0 at Bickleigh in a Fresha League Premier Division game, writes Conrad Thomas.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°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