"The Grecian youths are full of quality"
We welcome The Grecians to Bescot for our third home game in a row. They are trailing us by a single point in the League 2 table as things stand, having lost just the one match so far. Looking at the table it’s interesting to note that Morecambe occupy top spot after 5 games but they have a negative goal difference, having somehow managed to lose 0-5 at home to a Cambridge side scoring for fun that day.
Back to Exeter City - they started their League career in 1920 by being founder members of the Third Division (as were we), and whenever we found ourselves in Division III (South) a trip to St. James’ Park was always on the cards - that was their original ground, and they’re still there. They evidently had lofty ambitions even before their League career started as they went on a South American tour in 1914, becoming the first side to play a Brazilian national team! Current League 2 form goes like this:-
September 12th Salford City (A) Drew 2-2
September 19th Port Vale (H) Lost 0-2
September 26th Mansfield Town (A) Won 1-2
October 3rd Cambridge United (H) Won 2-0
October 10th Southend United (A) Drew 2-2
Manager Matt Taylor was a much-travelled player turning out for 14 clubs in 16 years, but Exeter City became his first managerial step in 2018. He has a much-travelled player on his books in the form of Nicky Ajose (16 clubs in his playing career so far) who always seems to score against us…
Darrell Clarke will have been pleased by the performance in midweek against Leyton Orient, which raised us to the play-off zone - but he will know that Exeter City will probably present a tougher challenge than the O’s, and there is some doubt as to whether “Flash” Gordon will be fit enough for selection. Caolan Lavery also looks to be less than 100% fit, but if he does play it’s to be hoped that practice at taking penalties has been on the agenda!
Prediction? Well, if we show the same sort of form that has graced some recent fixtures, and try to forget whatever it was that was demonstrated against Forest Green Rovers… there is surely enough motivation in that fact that we are only 3 points behind top place (and with a superior goal difference!!). So I think a repeat of the O’s result is on the cards - a 2-1 home win, with Elijah and Dan Scarr on the scoresheet.