Thursday, August 22, 2013
Playing in an unfamiliar yellow and blue strip last Saturday, to celebrate the 99 years of history between Brazil and Exeter City, fans may have been forgiven if there was any confusion with our team looking like Torbay rivals Torquay United, writes Gareth Hughes.
Apart from the team colours which is the new third strip, there was also the local youth samba troupe Samba Marianas’ providing entertainment in and around the stadium, building the carnival atmosphere up to the 3 pm kick off.
Thankfully, and if it’s not too unkind, that is where the similarities with Torquay United ended as the mighty Grecians from the start, delivered the best team performance that their fans had seen for a long while. As a result a full-bodied performance delivered a comfortable 2-0 victory over Wimbledon, for who this was a first defeat of the season.
There was so many positives to take from the game. The biggest and possibly the most surprising, was the quality and assuredness of the debut performance in midfield of 18-year-old Matt Grimes, partnered alongside Matt Oakley, almost twice the teenagers age, who was playing his first game since last March.
Then there was David Wheeler playing only his second league game, working skilfully and tirelessly down the wing, producing moves that led to both goals, taken by John O’Flynn in the 11th and 36th minutes.
In many respects it is wrong to name just three or four players, as, without doubt this was a team working for each other with energy, confidence and flair.
Speaking after the game Paul Tisdale enthused: “Matt Grimes and Matt Oakley two set it off. They were so composed and had so much control over the centre of the field, that it enabled us to keep our wide players wide and feed David Wheeler and keep the two strikers close together. It was a really proper performance, a brilliant game of football. The players really started the game fantastically well. There was a lot of positivity, creativity and goal threat and we thoroughly deserved our two-goal lead. We maybe could have got more, but 2-0 is good enough. We tried our best not to keep a clean sheet at the end by being a bit sloppy, but Artur Krysiak made some good saves. It was a really good solid all-round performance.”
Other news this week included the announcement of a new chief executive for Exeter City. Guy Wolfenden, Warwickshire County Cricket Club commercial director and previously head of sales and marketing, Somerset CCC, officially starts at Exeter on October 1, replacing Julian Tagg in the position.
Tomorrow the Grecians travel to Morecambe who have lost two, and drawn one of their first three games of the season. City as we know are undefeated and will be hoping that they have lost nothing of last season’s tremendous confidence and ability to win away from home. Come on you Reds!
Another date for your diary is the Tuesday September 3, when City play host to Wycombe Wanderers in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (7.30pm).
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 for more information.