EXETER CITY v WOKING
12:00am, Fri 9th Feb 2007
3pm on Saturday 10 February 2007
Woking travel to Exeter City this weekend for the first league fixture this month. Exeter currently sit 7th in both the Conference table and the form table, just three points off the play-off places.
Exeter finished up last season in 7th place, 11 points adrift of the play offs. Their form at St James? Park was marginally better than on the road, although they did lose 7 times at home. Lee Phillips ended up as top goal scorer, with 13 league goals, and one in the LDV. He was followed closely by former Aldershot player Jon Challinor, with 12 league goals. They also had the added bonus of having the highest average attendance in the league, with some 1000 more fans going through the turnstile throughout the season than nearest rivals York.
THE EXETER SQUAD
Former Aldershot midfielder Jon Challinor is one to look out for, with several goals from the middle of the park this season. Former Weymouth striker Lee Phillips has played up front this season mostly with ex Hereford and Yeovil player Adam Stansfield. Jamie Mackie and Billy Jones have also got their names on the scoresheet this season, with 5 a-piece so far. Paul Tisdale bought in former Wales international Rob Edwards during the summer, along with Jon Richardson, a player who previously played for the Grecians 6 years ago. He made 247 appearances before leaving to join Oxford, and recently extended his contract to the end of the season.
RESULTS SO FAR
The Grecians are currently just 3 points off the play-off places in 7th place in the Conference table and have only lost twice at home this season. They?ve only lost twice in their last 6 games in the league; going down 3-1 at home to Gravesend and 4-1 away to league leaders Dagenham & Redbridge. They have only won the other four. Exeter bowed out of the FA Trophy in the Second Round. Christie scored the only goal of the game for Kidderminster after Billy Jones missed a penalty for the Grecians in the first half.
Last Saturday they gained a very useful three points away at Stafford Rangers. A first half strike by Lee Phillips was enough to secure the win at Marston Road
OUR RECENT RECORD AGAINST EXETER
Woking 3 Exeter City 3
Exeter City 0 Woking 0
Exeter City 1 Woking 1
Woking 1 Exeter City 0
Woking 0 Exeter City 2
Back in November two first half goals secured the win for Exeter City and sent the Cards to their third defeat in a row in the Conference. Paul Buckle opened the scoring for the visitors on 19 minutes, drilling the ball past Shwan Jalal into the bottom corner. Jamie Mackie doubled their lead just after the half hour, side-footing home from 6 yards out. Giuseppe Sole and Tom Hutchinson has chances for the Cards, but they were ultimately unable to find a way through.
St James Park
Tel: 01392 411243
OTHER THINGS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW
? away fans ? are accommodated in the open St James? Road terrace at one end of the ground. Seats are normally available in either the Doble Stand or the Old Grandstand.
? parking ? Exeter City Council provides 4300 car parking spaces in various car parks in and around the city which can accommodate shoppers and football traffic.
? food and drink ? there are lots of places to eat and drink in the city centre. There?s also a chip shop in Old Tiverton Road, opposite the end of St James? Road. Visiting fans can also use the club?s social centre.
? colours ? the Grecians play in red & white shirts, black shorts and black socks so the Cards will be in their away strip.
BY COACH ? why not take it easy and go on the Supporters? Club coach? It leaves Kingfield at 10.30am and the cost is ?17 for members and ?21 for non-members. Ring the Club Shop (01483 772470) to book a place.
BY CAR ? M3 ? exit junction 8 ? A303 southbound towards Honiton ? A30 to Exeter ? becomes A3183 ? follow signs for City Centre, going through Heavitree. Go past the police station ? at the bottom of the hill turn right at the roundabout (4th exit) into Western Way (signed Pinhoe & Broadclyst). At next roundabout, take second exit into Tiverton Road ? at top of hill (Old Tiverton Road) take first left into St James? Road.
Alternative route ? M3/M27 southbound towards Southampton and pick up the A31, which takes you to the A35 towards Dorchester. Continue along the A35 to Honiton, pick up the A30 and follow directions as above to Exeter.
BY TRAIN ? There is a train that departs Woking at 10.46am, direct to Exeter St Davids, arriving at 14.29pm. The earliest direct train back from St Davids is at 18.10 back to Woking, although there is an earlier service leaving at 17.03 but involved a change at Reading with a bus ride to Guildford before getting another train back to Woking, so not recommended. The ground is actually served by Exeter St James? station and Exeter Central which is on the line from St David?s. It?s best to get a connecting train from St David?s to Exeter Central where the ground is a reasonably easy walk away. Visit www.thetrainline.com for full details of times.
Come on, you Cards!