Thursday, December 5, 2013
With the Grecians ending their four game losing run in League Two the previous week with the 1-1 draw away at Wycombe, there were many more positives from last Saturdays home match when Bury were the visitors, writes Gareth Hughes.
Whilst the result was another draw with each team scoring two goals apiece, the Exeter team, whilst still not firing on all cylinders, did have the determination and nerve to come back from behind twice, to secure a much needed home point in front of the City faithful.
David Wheeler, in his first professional season, and quickly becoming a fans favourite scored his first professional goal, and striker Tom Nicholls added to the good news by scoring his first league goal in 27 months with a dramatic equaliser securing a share of the points for the team.
Ronnie Jepson, manager of Bury and a former Grecian player, named Daniel Nardiello who as we know played for City for two seasons until his transfer to Rotherham in 2012, in his starting eleven.
As fate would have it Bury’s first goal was scored by Nardiello in the 15th minute when he robbed Woodman of the ball after a poor pass from City captain Danny Coles, and drilled a low shot across goal and into the far corner from 20 yards. Up to that point City had settled well with chances for Wheeler and O’Flynn. David Wheeler levelled the game on the 41st minute volleying in from close range before the interval to send the teams in level. The game in the second half had hardly settled when the Shakers led again, Nathan Cameron heading home from a corner in the 47th minute. City boss rang the changes latter in the game replacing Wheeler for Tom Nichols which proved to be a masterstroke as he headed the home side back on level terms in the 77th minute.
The result means Bury have now gone five games unbeaten and leaves them 20th in the league.
For City whilst two draws on the bounce is a positive their winless run extended to eight games.
After the game City’s manager Paul Tisdale commented: “I am pleased with a point after going behind twice and coming back twice. We put a lot of effort in and it wasn’t an easy day. At the start of the game, I wanted a win but, all things being said, we have had two draws this week. It is not a bad start after a rotten month.
This weekend the FA Cup 2nd round games are being played so it’s probably no bad thing that City are not involved, giving the team a break and hopefully the opportunity to come back to winning ways.
The next League game will be on Saturday, December 14, when the Grecians are away to Accrington. The next home game is on Friday, December 20, when the pre Christmas visitors are high flying Chesterfield who are currently second in the League two table. Kick-off in that game is 7.45pm.
For those thinking of Christmas surprises for family football fans both the Chesterfield, and New Year game, home to Wycombe tickets, can be bought online and saving £3 per ticket. There are no booking fees except for postage - and collection is free.
Other good news is that on Tuesday, City beat Plymouth Argyle in the Devon St Luke’s Challenge Cup winning from a penalty shoot out, dumping the current holders out of the competition. Come on you Reds!