Exeter City WFC

Exeter City WFC

Season Preview by David Gribble 

With the Devon County Cup victory offering momentum, a host of new signings showing a sign of intent, and a new management and coaching team with high expectations, this looks to be a big season for Exeter City Women.

After the arrival of experienced duo Mollie Taylor and Jaydee Seaman had enhanced the team considerably in the post lockdown fixtures, Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley were quick to add to their options this summer.

Experienced Goalkeeping coach George Hamill, previously of Airdrieonians and, more recently, Buckland Athletic, has joined the City coaching staff. George has spent the last few seasons working closely with Buckland’s Number One, and former Grecian, Abbi Bond, so it was no surprise to see her become the first addition to the squad for 2021/2022. City have a group of very talented goalkeepers, yet they are all young and the experience of Bond, coupled with Hamill’s coaching, will be a big asset to the Grecians this season.

Katie Grigg, a player who grew up as part of the Girls Development Centre at Exeter City before signing for Plymouth Argyle, was the second addition. With pace to spare and an ability to attack as well as defend from her wide position, Grigg will be a key figure in the way in which Britton and Wakley choose to set up their side for the League campaign.

Sarah Stacey is perhaps the highest profile of the Grecians’ additions. Stacey has a fantastic goalscoring record at National League Level, with fifty-three goals in her forty-eight appearances for Buckland. The forward will add experience to the City front line and more goals for a team that struggled to convert as many chances as they would have hoped last season.

Natalie Warman was the final piece in the jigsaw. The versatile left sided player is again an experienced National League player who will be so important in her ability to play many positions, she is someone that can be relied upon to make a considerable contribution throughout the season ahead.

City’s preseason has been a successful one. The opening fixture saw the visit of new National League side Portishead Town. In baking hot conditions both sides put on a competitive game, with City scoring in each half to secure victory. Esme Kilburn-Thompson continued where she left off from the County Cup Final, opening the scoring in the first half, before Connie Pengelly sealed the win in the second half.

The following fixture was a significant mismatch. Bideford were dismantled with some excellent finishing as the Grecians simply had too much quality. Four goals from Connie Pengelly, three from Sarah Stacey and further strikes from Zoe Watkins, Katie Grigg, Natalie Warman, Mia Preston, Jess Sandland and Meg Robinson sealed a thirteen-goal win. Stacey, Warman and Grigg all gaining their first City goals was a major plus to take from the performance.

Liskeard Athletic were next up. Pengelly would open the scoring and add to her impressive form, with Stacey and Emily Toogood putting City into a commanding lead before the game entered its final stages. Jess Sandland would then take centre stage, a thunderous strike made it four before a curled effort from distance made it five. Sandland, at only sixteen, has been hugely impressive in preseason and will undoubtedly be one to watch for City in the year ahead.

The final fixture was against a very strong Swansea City side, a team preparing for a Champions League Football Qualifier in the coming weeks. In a hard fought encounter, City fell to a 3-0 defeat, but there were plenty of positives to take over the ninety minutes. In truth, it was just the type of fixture the Grecian’s needed. After a run of fairly comfortable victories, this was a tough test against a side that pushed the team to their limits and highlighted a level of performance that can be pursued over the next twelve months. With Southampton FC finally achieving promotion through appeal, the National League South West Division has opened up. There will be strong competition from sides such as Cheltenham Town, Southampton Women and Chesham United, yet Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley will be confident that their City side will be in the mix for the Title this season. With strength and conditioning and nutrition analysis being added to the Team’s preparation, a growing support base and a talented squad, this should be a successful season for the Women’s Team at Exeter City.

Ist Team Results

Womens National League Diviision One South West

Woman's National League Division One South West 2020/21
18/07/2021 Friendly Portishead Town LFC Home 2-0 W   Kilburne-Thompson Pengelly      
22/07/2021 Friendly Bideford LFC Home 13-0 W   Stacey 3, Grigg, Watkins (p), Pengelly 4, Robinson, Warman, Preston Sandlland
25/07/2021 Friendly Liskeard Athletic Women Home 5-0 W   Pengelly Stacey Toogood Sandland 2  
01/08/2021 Friendly Swansea City Home 0-3 L   :        
15/08/2021 League Poole Town Home 6-1 W 107 Mollie Taylor Beck 2 Stacey Pengelly Prouse (Charley)
22/08/2021 League AFC Bournemouth Away 1-1 D   Pengelly        
29/08/2021 League Cheltenham  Home 1-2 L   Watkins        
05/09/2021 League Southampton WFC Away 2-2 D   Mollie Taylor 2        
12/09/2021 FAWNL Cup Plymouth Argyle WFC Home 0-2 L 207 :        
22/09/2021 League Buckland Athletic Away 7-0 W 97 Kaptein Warman Preston Pengelly 3 Stacey
26/09/2021 League Larkhall Athletic Home 4-0 W 150 Toogood Kaptein (pen) Baker Pengelly  
03/10/2021 League Portishead Town Away 4-2 W ? Watkins Stacey Baker 2    
28/10/2021 DCC 1 Plymouth Argyle WFC At SJP 1-1 W 1380 Watkins   A record crowd! Won 4-3 on pens
WFA Cup  Buckland Athletic Home W/O W 0 :   Walkover, Buckland could not raise a team
07/11/2021 FAWNL Plate Keynsham  Home 3-0 W   Stacey 3        
14/11/2021 WFA Cup 1 Cardiff City LFC Home 3-1 W 149 Pengelly 3        
28/11/2021 WFA Cup 2 Eastleigh  Away 5-0 W   Stacey 3 Kaptein  Pengelly     
05/12/2021 FAWNL Plate 2 London Seaward Away 3-0 W   Pengelly  Og Stacey    
19/12/2021 WFA Cup 3 Southampton WFC Away 3-0 W   Pengelly 2 Stacey      
16/01/2022 League Maidenhead Home 0-1 L 132 :        
23/01/2022 DCC SF Feniton Home 11-0 W   Og Robinson 2 Stacey 3 Seaman Pengelly 4
30/01/2022 WFA Cup R4 West Bromwich Albion Away 0-0 L   :       Lost 4-2 on pens
06/02/2022 FAWNL Plate 3 Cheltenham  Away 1-2 L   Beck        
27/02/2022 League Swindon LFC  Home 4-1 W 140 Pengelly Taylor Stacey Watkins At the C & F
09/03/2022 League Portishead  Home 4-0 W   Pengelly 2 Kaptein Watkins    
13/03/2022 League Maidenhead Away 3-0 W   Kaptein Pengelly Stacey    Jaydee Seaman Sent Off
20/03/2022 League Swindon LFC  Away 0-3 L   :        
27/03/2022 League Chesham Away 3-1 W   Taylor Watkins Stacey    
30/03/2022 League Larkhall Athletic Away 2-0 W   Taylor 2        
03/04/2022 League Cheltenham  Away 1-3 L   Stacey        
10/04/2022 League Poole Town Away 7-0 W   Pengelly 3 Sandland Stacey Taylor Beck 
17/04/2022 League AFC Bournemouth Home 5-0 W 181 Pengelly 2 Stacey 2 Taylor 12th clean sheet by Abbi Bond 
22/04/2022 DCC F Torquay United WFC Neutral 1-1 L 684 Pengelly     Lost 5-4 on pens after 6 pens.
24/04/2022 League Chesham Home 4-2 W   Pengelly 2 Stacey 2      
01/05/2022 League Southampton WFC Home 1-0 W   Pengelly        

Final Table

1 Cheltenham Town 18 14 3 1 32 45
2 AFC Bournemouth 18 12 4 2 38 40
3 Exeter City 18 12 2 4 33 38
4 Southampton Women 18 11 4 3 33 37
5 Chesham United 18 8 2 8 -1 26
6 Maidenhead United 18 6 4 8 -6 22
7 Swindon Town 18 5 4 9 -1 19
8 Portishead 18 4 4 10 -21 15 *
9 Larkhall Athletic 18 2 4 12 -32 10
10 Poole Town 18 0 1 17 -75 1

*  1 Point deducted 
Buckland Athletic withdrew from the League.

1st team appearances 




Baker, Phoebe



Beck, Stephanie



Bond, Abigail


Britton, Abbie


Burton, Lilly


Grigg, Katie





Kilburn-Thompson, Esme


Lightfoot, Megan


Orchard, Kyanna

Pengelly, Connie



Preston, Mia


Prouse, Charley



Robinson, Megan



Sandland, Jessica



Seaman, Jaydee



Sharpe, Manfy


Stacey, Sarah



Taylor, Mollie



Toogood, Emily



Warman, Natalie


Watkins, Zoe



2nd Team Results 
Devon Womens Football League Division 1

Devon Womens Football League Division  1
Exeter City 2nd's (Development squad)
05/09/2021 Friendly Torquay WFC Away 3-3 D   Lily Burton Bella Amatrino Chloe Harris    
12/09/2021 League Axminster Away 3-4 L   Chloe Harris 2 Charly Prouse      
19/09/2021 League Seaton Town Home 7-1 W   Lily Burton 4 Chloe Harris 2 Bronwyn Cousins    
26/09/2021 Friendly Feniton  Away 0-6 L   (Amy Salter2, Meg Williams, Britt Harris, Nat Matthews,Louise Isley scored for Feniton)
03/10/2021 League West-Exe Home 4-0 W   Lily Burton 2 Lucy Gregory Elise Reeve    
10/10/2021 League Crediton United 1st Away 1-3 L   Livia Pinker        
17/10/2021 Devon Senior Cup 1 Torquay WFC 2nds Away 1-0 W   Tash Harvey         
07/11/2021 League Budleigh Salterton Away 2-4 L   Chloe Harris 2        
14/11/2021 League Exeter University WFC Home 15-1 W   Chloe Harris 3 Lily Burton 5 Ebony Salomone 3 Emily Saunders Lucy Gegory
Tash Harvey Lauren Bullock      
21/11/2021 Devon Senior Cup 2 Fremington  Away 8-0 W   Chloe Harris 3 Elise Reeve 2 Katie Grigg 2 Kilburn-Thompson  
25/11/2021 League Ottery St Mary Away 7-0 W   Kilburn-Thompson 3 Tash Harvey 3 Lucy Gregory    
28/11/2021 League Crediton United 1st Home 4-0 W   Chloe Harris Kilburne-Thompson Tash Harvey Emily Saunders  
05/12/2021 League Bradninch  Away 11-0 W   Tash Harvey Ebony Salomone Yvie Miller Lucy Gregory Kilburne Thompson 7
16/01/2022 Devon Senior Cup SF Axminster Home 2-2 L   Tishana Dymond Tash Harvey      Lost 6-5 on pens
30/01/2022 League Bradnch  Home 5-0 W   Lilly Burton 2 Ebony Salomone 2 Lauren Bullock    
06/02/2022 League Exeter University WFC Away 7-1 W   Ebony Salomone 3 Lucy Gregory Yvie Miller Lauren Bullock Barton
27/02/2022 League Seaton Town Away 6-0 W   Lilly Burton 2 Tash Harvey 2 Elise Reeve Lauren Bullock  
06/03/2022 League Axminster Home 5-0 W   Nat Warman 2 Katie Grigg Tash Harvey Lucy Gregory  
20/03/2022 League Budleigh Salterton Home 2-5 L   Bronwyn Cousins Chloe Harris      
27/03/2022 League Ottery St Mary Home 12-0 W   Chloe Harris 4 Lilly Burton 2 Lauren Bullock Lucy Spiller Yvie Miller
Tash Harvey McKnight Wickens    
03/04/2022 League Ottery St Mary Away 5-0 W   Ebony Salomone 2 Lucy Spiller Chloe Harris Lily Burton   
10/04/2022 League West-Exe Away 1-5 L   Lily Burton        

Final Table
Devon Womens Football League.

1 Budleigh Salterton Ladies 1st 16 14 0 2 34 42
2 Axminster Town Ladies 1st 16 12 0 4 42 36
3 Exeter City Women 2nd 16 11 0 5 68 33
4 West Exe Park Rangers Women 1st 15 10 1 4 34 31
5 Crediton United Ladies 1st team 16 10 0 6 26 30
6 Seaton Town Ladies 1st 15 5 1 9 -21 16
7 Ottery St Mary Ladies 1st 16 3 1 12 -40 10
8 Bradninch Womens 1st 16 2 1 13 -70 7
9 University of Exeter Ladies Sunday League 16 1 2 13 -73 5

Season Summary 

Facts and Figures 
Top Performers 2021/2022
First Team 
Most Appearances- 29, Mollie Taylor 
Most Assists-9, Emily Toogood 
Most Goals-26 Connie Pengelly 
Most Player of the Match Awards-7 Mollie Taylor 

Development Team 
Most Goals-20 Lily Burton 



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