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What Can we Expect in 2019/20?

With the first real break-up of the squad in the last three years, the 2019/20 season will perhaps be another campaign of relative transition, if not immediate success. The club will have to adapt to the loss of its first-choice keeper and 20-goal-a-season striker, as well as a key man in midfield. This will certainly not be easy. Yet, signs of Matt Taylor’s direction are already evident. The early capture of steady-headed midfield runner Nigel Atangana seems to be reminiscent of Boateng, as the Frenchman is more than capable of getting up and down the pitch. No doubt his 6’2” stature will have fans thinking of legend Patrick Viera, but we will see what he can accomplish at City after an injury hit season last campaign. 113 games in the Football League however, shows his experience in England’s football climate.

City’s second signing has seen Centre-back Tom Parkes join the fold. At 6’3” and having played for a whole host of Football League clubs, Tom will be a key addition to the fold at Exeter City, and will probably slot into a starting position. He has already notched up 313 league appearances by 27, most of which have been for Bristol Rovers. A man-mountain in defence, he should be a welcome addition, (hopefully) alongside a fit and healthy Troy Brown. Signings have come thick and fast since the two early additions. Rather predictably, City have brought in two goalkeepers to fill the void left by Pym and Hamon. But more strikingly, Matt Taylor has decided to go with youth, bringing in 22-year-old Lewis Ward from Reading and 26-year-old Jonny Maxted from Accrington Stanley. It seems they will battle it out for the No. 1 spot, but it is great to see Taylor replace the youth lost in Pym with some exciting prospects.

Alex Fisher’s arrival from Yeovil signals Taylor’s attacking intent. The 6-foot-3 marksman will help to replace Jayden Stockley’s goal-threat. City have also brought in Nicky Ajose from Charlton Athletic, signalling a big step in the right direction for the South-West club. It will certainly be a fierce contest for City’s attacking spots with Forte, Jay and Bowman already in the fold.

An older head in former Yeovil and Inverness CT man Gary Warren has also been brought in on a free to provide an experienced option at Centre-Back. It seems as though the Gaffer does not want a repeat of last-season’s defensive issues, with Robbie Cundy also acquired on loan from Bristol City.

As for the season ahead, the coaching staff should be aiming to go one better than the previous campaigns and could clinch an automatic promotion spot. City’s outgoings have freed up some wage space to bolster the squad for what is a long, and arduous League Two, and perhaps cup, campaign. The loss of key players can be overcome and may have already been addressed with the signings of Atangana, Asoje and Parkes in particular – but that remains to be seen. 

Taylor’s target to replace the spine of the team has been evident, also incorporating the youth and older heads into a new setup. 2019/20 will be another season of transition without a doubt, but that does not mean it should be without promise. Up the City.

Sam Moakes (2019) 

But no one expected the global pandemic 

The League Two's season has been brought to an early conclusion following discussions between clubs and the English Football League on Friday. The EFL said clubs "unanimously indicated" they wished to end the season via a "framework" that included tables being decided on points per game and the play-offs remaining as planned.

Paul Farley 2020.

Pre Season Friendlies 

28 June 2019 Jersey Away 
Jersey X1 0-5 Exeter 
Exeter City got their pre-season campaign off to a positive start as they picked up a 5-0 win over Jersey FA at the Springfield Stadium. Ryan Bowman notched two first half goals and Pierce Sweeney also found the net before a well taken free-kick from Lee Holmes preceded Ben Seymour’s close-range finish in the second half. In very warm conditions, manager Matt Taylor made the most of his substitutions to ensure players were eased into their pre-season campaign. They started with a strong XI which featured new signings Lewis Ward and Tom Parkes alongside an experienced City line-up. The Grecians started the game well and almost went in front through Jake Taylor when he peeled away to the far post before volleying just wide. Randell Williams continued to cause problems throughout with his direct play and Sweeney almost netted the opener with a powerful effort which could only find the side netting. The first goal did come on 20 minutes when Bowman timed his run well to get in behind before he chipped the ball over the Jersey keeper to give City the advantage. Just nine minutes later Sweeney put himself on the scoresheet when he popped up at the far post before finding the bottom corner with fantastic precision. And a few moments later City took the game well away from their opponents when Bowman managed to beat the offside trap before rounding the keeper and tapping home giving City a strong advantage going into the break. The second half saw a complete change from the starting XI with Jonny Maxted coming in for Lewis Ward as Alex Fisher also featured amongst a number of City under-23 players. Despite the change in personnel City did well to control the game, and they went further ahead when Lee Holmes sent a swerving free-kick into the net from around 20-yards. Another quick goal followed when Ben Seymour’s tenacious running saw him do well to gain a second attempt at goal and the young forward despatched expertly. Jack Sparkes came close on more than one occasion to netting the sixth goal of the evening but was denied by the post as City rounded off their training camp in Jersey in a positive manner going into the rest of pre-season.
Jersey: Van der Vitt, Lequsne, Giles, Cannon, Andre, Naftka, Martinovic, Trotter, Hinds, Meades Pestana, Solomon
Subs: Shirley, Birrell, Barlow, Carr, Curtis, Prince, Kilshaw
Exeter City: (First half) Ward, Sweeney (Dean, 30), A. Martin, Parkes, Hartridge, Collins, Taylor (Kite, 30), Jay, Williams, Bowman, L. Martin (Sparkes, 30)
(Second half) Maxted, Fisher, Seymour, Randall, Tillson, Kite, Holmes, Sparkes, Moxey, Dean, Dyer
Subs not used: Warren, Key, Law
Attendance: 367

5 July 2019 Truro City Away 
Truro City 0-0 Exeter City

Exeter City had to settle for a goalless draw against Truro City in their second pre-season friendly. The Grecians, who named two different XI for each half, had the best chance of the match when Ryan Bowman’s back post header from a corner was cleared off the line. However, they had to withstand a physical bombardment, at times, from the White Tigers as they hit the ball long to their tall striker at every opportunity. However, that was a battle both Tom Parkes and Gary Warren seem to relish during the opening half, and despite a couple of efforts narrowly going wide of Jonny Maxted’s goal – when City gave away possession cheaply in their own half – Matt Taylor’s side remained untroubled. At the other end, it was Randell Williams who looked City’s most dangerous player but a couple of his mazy runs into the box were stopped by some last-ditch defending just as he was looking to pull the trigger. The raft of changes at the interval saw a change in tactics from the City manager as well as he played with two up top – Ryan Bowman and Ben Seymour – but got Lee Martin to position himself just behind the strikers to offer more support to the front players. That seemed to work as City looked more threatening after the break with Nicky Law having a close-range shot saved by the keeper and Lee Martin having a long-range effort bravely blocked by a home defender. However, it wasn’t until the final 20 minutes of the match that the Grecians really piled on the pressure. First Bowman had his header cleared off the line and then Lee Martin whipped a free-kick towards the bottom corner that was superbly tipped behind by the Truro keeper. Jack Sparkes then had a couple of efforts in the closing stages, one which was comfortably saved by the keeper and another that was blocked, but ultimately the home side defended well enough – with a team largely made up of trialists – to take a share of the spoils.
Exeter City first-half XI: Maxted; Sweeney, Warren, Parkes, Moxey; Randall, Tillson, Collins, Williams; Jay, Fisher.
Second-half XI: Ward; Dyer, A Martin, Hartridge, Sparkes; Law, Taylor, Dean, Martin; Seymour, Bowman.

9 July 2019 Tiverton Town Away

Tiverton Town 0-1 Exeter City 
Attendance c750

12 July 2019 Bath City Away 
Report from Bath City

Bath City (0) Exeter City (3) 3 

Bath City got a solid workout to begin their pre-season campaign as League 2 Exeter City left Somerset victorious. All the goals came in the first period, Ryan Bowman scoring twice, including the second of a two-minute salvo on the half-hour started by Archie Collins. For their part, the Romans applied themselves well at times despite the scoreline, playing two teams in each half – bar one man – in a game more an exercise in fitness and burgeoning relationships within the team than any result.

The first danger of the game was of the Romans’ own making. Keeper Ryan Clarke was twice charged down having been sold short by backpasses from his team-mates, but his goal remained unbreached. At the other end Tyler Harvey had a shot from a tight angle held by Jonny Maxted, before Exeter opened the scoring. It came from a lifted ball over the top which found dangerman Bowman, who coolly dinked Clarke. The game settled down for the next 25 minutes, with Stearn seeing a long-range crack blocked by the head of Tom Parkes. Clarke had to pat another Bowman effort into the air, struck from a tricky angle by the Grecians frontman, before Tom Smith dragged a low, skiddy effort past the left-hand post for the hosts. Exeter, already well into their pre-season preparations, looked a neat side and almost set up a third with a neat move that got Lee Martin to the byline, his low cross cut out before City countered to no avail. Two goals in as many minutes moved the Devon outfit into a comfortable lead, each effort coming off the back of blocked shots. The first goal saw City countered on, and though they quelled the original break, a blocked effort fell for Archie Collins to bend into the top corner. The next goal was more spectacular, as the ball looped up for the unmarked Bowman to convert a textbook overhead kick. He almost got in again twice more before the break, beating Clarke to a long ball over top, only to watch the ball run out for a goal kick. Bowman then shrugged off clubmate Alex Hartridge, making his Romans debut having joined earlier in the day on a half-season loan, and striking Clarke’s legs. The first period ended with City on the attack, their best effort a whipped free-kick from Harvey, which sailed a yard wide of the far corner.

The second half was much quieter with the home side making ten changes at the break – Hartridge the only player to remain. One of those to come on, trialist Tom Richards, found the side netting early upon the return having been picked out by a quick free-kick from Matt Bower, shooting on the half-volley from a tight angle. Bowman was then denied by a sprawling Harvey Wiles-Richards. That chance came after Frankie Artus tripped over the ball, allowing Collins to charge towards the box and find Bowman. Artus hit a daisy cutter that Maxted picked up without issue, while Exeter sub Randell Williams, who showed pace to burn all half, nutmegged Hartridge, blazed into the box and shot wide. Perhaps the highlight of the second period was Wiles-Richards receiving a backpass and seeing off Matt Jay with a beautiful Cruyff turn. Jay responded by chasing the keeper across the box and hauling him down. A deep corner from the City left saw Aaron Parsons lob a header into Maxted’s palms before one last chance for the Grecians. Ben Seymour found himself one-on-one, but was denied initially by a terrific, last-ditch sliding challenge from Bower using every inch of his 6ft 5in frame. The Exeter man collected the ball again, only to shoot wide under pressure with plenty of defensive bodies back.

Attendance 367

Scorers Exeter – Bowman (4, 30), Collins (28)

Officials: R Hulme, R Morris, A Ricketts, Z Overend

16 July 2019 Weston Super Mare Away

Weston Super Mare 0-3 Exeter City 

Exeter City picked up another pre-season win with a 3-0 victory over Weston-Super-Mare away from home. A first half goal from Ryan Bowman added to two late finishes from Joel Randall and Jack Sparkes was enough to give City the win in an entertaining match. With three games in a week, manager Matt Taylor named a side with a blend of youth and experience as Ryan Bowman, Lee Martin and Nicky Law all started alongside the likes of Jack Sparkes, Harry Kite and Ben Seymour. The game started at a lively pace with the home side forced to defend a number of early crosses from the Grecians. Jack Sparkes’ curling free-kick was also punched away well by Neil Maher Despite that, the opening 20 minutes was relatively even with the home side also looking to threaten the City goal in behind, but neither team were able to stamp their authority on the game by the way of clear-cut chances. City then managed to push themselves in front on 26 minutes when some good play in the centre of the field from Lee Martin saw him turn well and thread the ball through to Bowman, who continued his pre-season goal scoring form with a calm finish into the bottom corner. Nicky Law was next to have a chance for the Grecians after he burst in behind to latch onto a long ball, but at a tight angle, his chipped effort was blocked well by Maher. The Grecians almost went 2-0 up a couple of minutes before the break when more good play from Lee Martin found Bowman once again. The striker managed to shrug off a defender before firing at goal, but for the onrushing Maher, who made a strong save down to his right as the Grecians took a narrow advantage into half-time. The home side’s best chance fell on 56 minutes when they managed to work it well on the edge of the City box before the ball found its way to Owen Howe who’s effort came off the onrushing trialist keeper and almost deflected into the net, but for Jack Sparkes to get back and clear. It was then City’s turn to go close on the hour mark when Bowman peeled away to latch onto an excellent through ball from Jordan Tillson, and the striker sent in a teasing low cross, but Ben Seymour was unable to make a connection at the far post. Both sides then went close in a matter of seconds when Lee Martin was found by Bowman but he shot straight at Maher before Weston counter-attacked and the ball found Howe, who drove into the area and forced another good save from the trialist shot stopper, before the rebound went well over the City goal. It was two of the City youngsters who would combine well next as they looked to further the Grecians’ advantage. After good build-up play down the right Will Dean put in a superb cross for Seymour to head well but he was unable to keep his effort on target as it edged just over the bar. Sam Hendy then had another opportunity for Weston when good work from Isaac Pearce saw the ball fall to the substitute, who hit a fierce shot, but for the trialist keeper to stand tall and block excellently. An entertaining match then saw Sparkes go inches from doubling the lead when his curling free-kick was tipped onto the post from Maher before the resulting corner flashed across goal and somehow evaded Bowman from tapping home. The Grecians finally got their second after good work from Sparkes on the left saw him cross dangerously before the ball deflected into the path of substitute Randall who fired home with a powerful effort. Then, just moments before full-time, Sparkes got his reward for a positive display when he fired an effort towards goal from out wide on the right and it evaded everyone in the area before ending up in the bottom corner, as City picked up another pre-season win.

Weston Super Mare: Maher, Parsons, A. Byrne, Madden (Hendy, 25), Cook, Tindle, Llewellyn, Laird, Howe, Malshansky, Pearce
Subs: J. Byrne, Jones, Welch, Goodall, Briscoe, Kingston
Booked: J. Byrne

Exeter City: Trialist, Dean, Warren (Dyer, 83), A. Martin, Sparkes, Kite, Tillson, Law (Randall, 78), L. Martin (Smerdon, 78), Bowman (Simpson, 83), Seymour (Lawrence, 83)
Subs not used: Ward

19 July 2019 Southend (at Woodbury)

Exeter City 2 Southend United 1

A wonder strike from Jake Taylor gave Exeter City a 2-1 victory over Southend United in a behind-closed doors friendly at Woodbury Park. The City captain thundered home a right-foot drive from 30 yards out, after being set up by Archie Collins, to give the Grecians a 2-1 lead midway through the second half. Southend, managed by Kevin Bond, responded but were denied an equaliser by a couple of good saves from keeper Jonny Maxted. Despite having only played a pre-season friendly 14 hours earlier away at Weston-super-Mare, City named a strong team for the match with Tom Parkes partnering Robbie Cundy in central defence and Nicky Ajose and Alex Fisher providing the firepower upfront. The Grecians started the match in confident fashion with Alex Fisher hitting a half volley just over and Randell Williams and Matt Jay sending inviting crosses into the box.However, it wasn't until the 40th minute when they broke the deadlock. The goal came from some good work down the right that saw Pierce Sweeney feed Randell Williams. Williams' cross was cut out by a defender but his sliced clearance looped towards goal and Alex Fisher was in the right place to fire the ball into the bottom corner. In what was a very even and competitive match, Southend were level 14 minutes into the second half when Stephen Humphreys profited from some indecision in the City box to steal possession and fire past Maxted to score the first goal any side has scored against the Grecians this pre-season. Williams then responded by having a shot blocked before making a darting run into the area that was halted by a superb slide challenge. It was then, pressing for another goal, that City got their reward as Collins did well to recover possession and lay a pass off to Taylor, who took one touch before smashing a shot past the Southend keeper. The visitors responded with Humphreys twice testing Maxted in the City goal, but they could not find a way to level the match in the closing stages. 

City team: Maxted, Moxey, Parkes, Cundy, Sweeney; Collins, Taylor, Williams, Jay; Ajose, Fisher. Subs used: Kite, Randall, Dean, Simpson, Smerdon, Dyer. 

21 July 2019 Swansea City Home 
Exeter City 1-3 Swansea City

Exeter City fell to a 3-1 defeat against Swansea City in the seventh game of pre-season. A Bersant Celina first-half double and a goal from Nathan Dyer proved to be the difference at St James Park. Nicky Law got one back from the penalty spot, but it wasn’t enough to find a result for the Grecians.
City manager Matt Taylor named a particularly strong line-up including summer signings Nicky Ajose, Lewis Ward, Gary Warren and Tom Parkes, to face the highest ranked side that the club have faced during pre-season. There was also a warm welcome for Matt Grimes on his return to St James Park for the first time since signing for Swansea in 2015. George Byers had the first shot on target after Barrie McKay and Dyer linked-up creatively as the Swans looked to dominate playing out from the back. The alert and threatening Oli McBurnie caused problems for City early on and forced a foul from Warren 25-yards away from goal, the resulting free-kick was devastating from Swansea’s Celina who curled a right-footed effort past Ward and into the very top left corner. Another flash of concern momentarily swept over St James Park as Dyer whipped a ball into the box from the right-hand side, the ball deflected awkwardly off of Dean Moxey and looped onto Ward’s crossbar. Fortunately for the Grecians as the ball came down Pierce Sweeney was able to head back into the goalkeeper’s grasp. Celina doubled his tally in the 21st minute as McKay wriggled his way through a couple of City players towards the by-line, and pulled a ball back towards the edge of the penalty area to allow the Kosovo international to slot home. Ajose had the Grecians’ first attempt on goal, the striker picked up the ball 20-yards out from a Jake Taylor flick-on, but could only fizz the ball straight at Erwin Mulder. McKay then had a chance of his own, he knocked the ball up with his thigh for a half-volley which was destined for the bottom left corner, but Ward was there to save and McBurnie was called offside on the rebound. City were awarded a free-kick just before half-time in a dangerous area on the edge of the area, Ajose stepped up and looked to trick Mulder by striking low and towards the goalkeeper’s standing position but he claimed the ball well low down to his left. Lee Martin also found an opening when he created a yard of space beyond Kyle Naughton, however his low drive was saved by Mulder as the Grecians started to establish a foothold in the game. Byers’ persistence continued into the second-half and earned his side a goal in the 48th minute as he stole the ball deep into City’s half, rounded Ward, and passed the ball towards Dyer, who struck the ball firmly into the back of the net despite Robbie Cundy’s best efforts. The Grecians earned their first clear cut opportunity not long after Swansea’s third as Taylor volleyed following a half-cleared corner into Byers’ hand, the referee Lee Swabey deemed it as a handball offence and Law dispatched the spot-kick straight down the middle. Swans substitute Declan John found himself free on the left flank and cut inside onto his weaker right-foot yet couldn’t trouble Ward who tipped the ball away from goal. City replacements Matt Jay and Will Dean looked to put their stamp on proceedings, but their crosses into the box were unable to find Alex Fisher or Ben Seymour pushing forward. Following this defeat, the Grecians will look to bounce back as they make the short trip up the M5 to face Taunton Town on Thursday evening. 
Exeter City starting XI: Lewis Ward (GK), Pierce Sweeney (Will Dean 62’), Lee Martin (Joel Randall 62’), Nicky Law (Ben Seymour 62’), Ryan Bowman (Randell Williams 45’), Nicky Ajose (Alex Fisher 62’), Tom Parkes (Aaron Martin 56’), Gary Warren (Robbie Cundy 45’), Dean Moxey (Jack Sparkes 45’), Jake Taylor (C) (Matt Jay 56’), Archie Collins (Jordan Tillson 56’). 
Exeter City Unused Subs: Jonny Maxted (GK), Harry Kite.
Swansea City Starting XI: Erwin Mulder (GK), Joe Rodon (Brandon Cooper 75’), Mike van der Hoorn (Ben Cabango 75’), Barrie McKay (Wayne Routledge 64’), Matt Grimes (C) (Jack Evans 75’), Oli McBurnie (Borja Baston 75’), Bersant Celina (Jay Fulton 45’), Nathan Dyer (Joel Asoro 64’), Jake Bidwell (Declan John 64’), Kyle Naughton (Connor Roberts 45’), George Byers (Yan Dhanda 75’). 
Swansea City Unused Subs: Kris Nordfeldt (GK). 
Attendance: 2,486 (364)

25 July 2019 Taunton Away 
Taunton 2-2 Exeter City 

Exeter City scored two late goals to earn themselves a 2-2 pre-season draw away from home against Taunton Town. Ollie Chamberlain gave the home side the lead just after the break with an excellent volley before Josh Grant doubled the lead soon after. Ben Seymour then pulled one back on 82 minutes from close range before he then saw his penalty saved shortly after. But Will Dean was on hand to head home just seconds before full-time. Manager Matt Taylor named a mix of youth and experience with Craig Woodman making his second pre-season appearance alongside Jordan Tillson and Lee Martin, whilst there were also starts for Robbie Cundy, Will Dean and Jack Sparkes. It took until the 10th minute for the game to have its first real chance and it came for the Grecians when Ben Seymour chested down Woodman’s ball over the top, but despite controlling well, his effort was straight at Lloyd Irish. City’s next opportunity came on 17 minutes after good play down the left from Martin, who then found Woodman, and his cross was aimed well to the far post. Alex Fisher managed to connect well and head back across goal but for Irish to prevent Seymour from getting a head to it in the nick of time. Andrew Neal had the host’s first attempt of the evening after 24 minutes when he cut in from the left before firing an effort well wide of Jonny Maxted’s goal. In a half of few chances it was Martin who would have City’s next effort on 38 minutes when City worked it well centrally before the ball fell to the midfielder whose powerful left footed effort from distance was caught by the Town keeper. City’s trialist at right back was the last to have an attempt in the first period after he combined well with Sparkes on the right before he whipped a left footed effort towards goal, but it dipped just wide of the far corner. The second half was just a couple of minutes old when Taunton took the lead. After Cundy headed away a cross to the edge of the box, the Taunton man let fly with a superb volley into Maxted’s goal to give the home side the advantage. City were unable to create any clear-cut chances after going behind, and Town doubled their lead on the hour mark when a deep cross was headed on towards the back post for Grant to fire in from close range to make it 2-0. The Grecians almost came back into it on 73 minutes when the ball was worked out to the left-hand side and Sparkes crossed fantastically to the far post towards substitute Joel Randall, but his header was straight at the Town keeper. But City did get one back, and it came eight minutes from time. After a deep free-kick from the right from Sparkes, the ball ricocheted around the Town area before falling to Seymour to poke home from close range to halve the deficit. Matt Taylor’s side then had the chance to draw level from the penalty spot just a couple of minutes later when Randall was brought down in the box. Seymour stepped up to take but was unable to beat Irish who saved well to his left. But just seconds before full-time an inswinging corner found Dean unmarked who headed home to earn City a draw.

Taunton Town: Irish, Mitchell, White, Adelsbury, Palmer, Price, Chamberlain, Diallo, Wright, Sullivan, NealSubs not used: Hall, Rice, Coppin, Manley, Sullivan, Searle
Booked: Irish

Exeter City: Maxted, Trialist, Woodman (Randall, 45), Cundy, Dean, Tillson, Jay (Chrisene, 70), Sparkes, L. Martin (Kite, 59), Fisher, Seymour
Subs not used: Ward, Sweeney, Williams, Bowman
Attendance: 683

27 July 2019 Torquay United Away 
Torquay United 1-2 Exeter City 

Exeter City rounded off their pre-season campaign with a hard fought 2-1 win over Torquay United at Plainmoor. Despite falling behind early on through Manny Duku, City rallied through a Tom Parkes goal and a second half finish from Randell Williams. Going into the final pre-season test before the Sky Bet League Two curtain raiser against Macclesfield Town next weekend, manager Matt Taylor named a strong side with Nicky Law, Ryan Bowman and Nicky Ajose all featuring amongst an experienced 11. It was the home side who started the brighter in the opening stages through a succession of corners as the Grecians were tested aerially. United’s first attempt came on three minutes when Jean-Yves Koue Niate rose highest from a corner, but his header edged just wide of goal. After riding out that initial pressure the Grecians started to create chances of their own. On 10 minutes Law burst into the United box before seeing his shot blocked into the path of Jake Taylor, but the captain’s effort was well saved to Lucas Cavagnari’s left. But it was Gary Johnson’s side who would find the game’s first goal a few minutes later when Torquay managed to win the ball back on the edge of the City box, and Duku finished low past Lewis Ward, despite the City protests that there had been a foul on Dean Moxey in the build-up. Former Grecian Jamie Reid was next to have an attempt for Torquay on 23 minutes when Keating darted inside before the ball fell kindly for the forward to volley just over Ward’s goal. Jake Andrews would then go close for United when Duku was found in behind before crossing low for the midfielder to crash an effort off the crossbar from a tight angle as City looked to gain more of a foothold in the game. Randell Williams would have another of City’s attempts on the half-hour mark after some good fortune saw the ball fall to him on the edge of the box, but the winger dragged his low shot wide of goal. The City winger had another glorious chance just a few minutes later when Law found Ajose out wide before the forward crossed to the back post, but Williams’ header was unable to trouble Cavagnari as the ball nestled wide of goal. And the Grecians did draw level just moments before half-time after a City corner was kept alive by Bowman before Parkes fired at goal, and despite the Torquay players attempting to block on the line, the ball found its way over as the sides went in at the break at 1-1. Andrews would have Torquay’s first chance after the break when the home side did well down the right before crossing to the far post, but he was unable to keep his effort on target as he shot well over. But it was the Grecians who would go ahead next when Ajose ran onto Bowman’s flicked header before he dragged the ball back cleverly for Williams to slot the ball home with a calm finish on 53 minutes. City then managed to take control of the next 20 minutes with little chances coming for either side as Matt Taylor’s men saw more of the possession. Parkes almost got his second on 78 minutes when the Grecians worked a quick corner out to Taylor, and his cross found the central defender, but his header could only find the roof of the net. Armani Little then went close seven miniutes from time from a free-kick on the edge of the City box but his effort was pubched away well by Ward.

Torquay United: Cavagnari, Wynter, Cameron, Koue Niate, Keating, Hall, Duku (Buse, 75), Little, Andrews (Lumbombo-Kalala, 59), Vincent, Reid

Subs not used: MacDonald, Koszela, Collings, Evans, Slough, Baxter, Price

Exeter City: Ward, Sweeney, A. Martin, Law (Tillson, 90+1), Williams, Bowman, Ajose (L. Martin 80), Parkes, Moxey, Taylor, Collins

Subs not used: Maxted, Jay, Fisher, Sparkes, Cundy, Seymour

Attendance: 2,744

2019-20 Squad Numbers 

Exeter City can reveal their squad numbers for the 2019/20 season.
by Simon Larkin

There are plenty of changes with nine new faces coming into the club over the summer. However, the No. 9 shirt, which was retired for nine seasons, in August 2010, out of respect to our much-loved striker Adam Stansfield will not be in use this season. 
Added to that the No. 31 shirt, which is given to the player who wages are part-funded by the 1931 Fund, has also switched this season from Jack Sparkes to Noah Smerdon. 
Squad numbers are as follows:

1. Lewis Ward
2. Pierce Sweeney
3. Craig Woodman
4. Nigel Atangana
5. Aaron Martin
6. Jordan Tillson
7. Lee Martin
8. Nicky Law
10. Lee Holmes
11. Randell Williams
12. Ryan Bowman
14. Nicky Ajose
15. Tom Parkes
16. Gary Warren
17. Matt Jay
18. Alex Fisher
21. Dean Moxey
22. Jack Sparkes
23. Jonny Maxted
25. Jake Taylor
26. Joel Randall
27. Archie Collins
28. Robbie Cundy
29. Harry Kite
30. Josh Key
31. Noah Smerdon
34. Alex Hartridge
35. Ben Seymour
36. James Dodd
37. Jordan Dyer
41. Will Dean

Fans will notice that Jonathan Forte is not currently listed amongst the squad numbers. An update on this is expected shortly. 



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