East Devon Grecians - the latest from Exeter City

10:28 24 April 2014

East Devon Grecians logo

East Devon Grecians logo


With a mixed bag of results over the Easter break its fitting that we should start with some good news, writes Gareth Hughes.

Firstly, news from the Club, which announced that another three home-grown youngsters have been handed professional contracts following the completion of their apprenticeships.

These were Ollie Watkins, Connor Riley-Lowe and Jason Pope. On top of this good news, City’s Under-18 side were recently named as champions of the Youth Alliance South West division. A 5-1 demolition of Newport County AFC in South Wales was enough to secure the youngsters the title, pipping Bristol Rovers on goal-difference.

On the pitch over the Easter period City firstly served up a great performance away at third placed Chesterfield securing an important point with a 1-1 draw. Secondly, the much anticipated home game against Torquay was a massive disappointment ending in a 2-1 defeat.

A City win would have unfortunately ended the Gulls time in the Football League but secured City’s position.

Ahead of Friday’s game there was sixteen places and 26 points separating Chesterfield from Exeter, yet Chesterfield went behind. The Grecians looked dangerous from the start and went ahead when 18-year-old Matt Grimes scored his first senior goal after 18 minutes from a set piece free-kick 25-yards out. After 75 minutes Chesterfield were down to 10 men after a bad tackle on Matt Grimes, but the Spireites unfortunately levelled the game after a soft and contested penalty was awarded. Despite all their efforts and dominance City couldn’t net a winning goal and had to settle for the point.

The local derby on Monday was always going to be tricky one.

City needed the three points against a side all but relegated. City struck first, netting after 15 minutes, but then succumbed to two Torquay goals in a four second half minutes.

City were nervy throughout in what was a scrappy game with the team out of sorts and it was as bad as City had been good, at Chesterfield on Friday. After the game Paul Tisdale said: “It hurts and I am upset and disappointed, but I have to make sure that we keep our focus and our togetherness for the next two games. This weekend has been symptomatic of our form, our play, our season, and our team. We went to Chesterfield on Friday and we looked like a promotion team and we should have won the game, albeit we couldn’t put the ball in the net. And then today, we have struggled at home.

This Saturday the final home game of the season sees City welcome Scunthorpe to St James Park. The following Saturday is Exeter’s final game of the season away to Hartlepool. Scunthorpe currently head up the League Two table with 80 points and last weekend beat play-off hopefuls Oxford 1-0.

A win will secure City’s place in the Football league for next season. No one can deny that this has been a Grecian topsy-turvy season and one that has been hard to fathom. What is a certainty though is that this Saturday the place to be is supporting the Grecians and willing them to a victory.

See you down at the Park-Come on you Reds!


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Midweek Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Midweek Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Midweek Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 10:45
Feniton 3rds are pictured playing Exmouth Ammies 3rds at Feniton on Saturday. Ref mhsp 0336-38-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

It’s Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup day tomorrow (October 10) and there are a number of local teams facing possible ‘giant-killing’ feats!

Read more
Yesterday, 08:18
Lester Willmington (chairman of Sidmouth Rugby Club), with Bill and Hilary Beaumont and John Barnard, (captain of Sidmouth Golf Club).

Sidmouth Golf Club was delighted to play host to Bill Beaumont, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) chairman and his wife Hilary last week.

Read more
Wed, 14:35
Image licensed to Lloyd Images 
The Extreme Sailing Series 2015 Act 7. Istanbul. Turkey. Oman Air Team skippered by Stevie Morrison (GBR) with crew Nic Asher (GBR), Ed Powys (GBR), Ted Hackney (AUS) and bowman Ali Al Balushi  (OMA)

Exmouth sailor Stevie Morrison, skipper of Extreme 40 team Oman Air, sailed on to the podium at Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, Istanbul presented by Yandex.

Read more
Wed, 14:34

Bicton College is celebrating sporting success, with a number of their students enrolled on the AASE (Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence) Apprenticeship Scheme embarking on professional careers. The scheme is run by the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy in partnership with Bicton College.

Read more
Wed, 12:09
The Peak Hill Challenge and what the cyclists will see on their way to the top!

Sid Valley Cycling Club is preparing for the latest running of their annual Peak Hill Climb, staged in memory of Rodney Pyne.

Read more
Wed, 09:23

Offwell Rangers bagged their first win of the season with an excellent single goal success at Wellington.

Read more
Wed, 08:09

Beer Reserves were left to make a 100-mile round trip to Winkleigh with yet another new combination of players with injuries and unavailability’s preventing the team fielding their best 11 players.

Read more
Wed, 08:08
Boy playing football

Honiton Under-13s staged a superb comeback from a three goal deficit to defeat City Raiders Galaxy 6-4 for an Exeter and District League encounter.

Read more
Wed, 08:07

For no obvious reason the September stableford proved a relatively low scoring affair, writes Richard Jackman.

Read more
Wed, 08:07
Golf generic picture

The rescheduled ladies versus men encounter for the Wooden Spoon was played at Honiton on the final weekend of the month, writes Liz Rogers.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Find a job in Devon

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

Find planning applications