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PREVIEW: EXETER CITY v YEOVIL TOWN

24 March 2017

All you need to know ahead of Town’s match against Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two (3pm).


The Glovers made it three matches unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two with a home draw against the 10-men of Accrington Stanley last weekend.


Darren Way was disappointed Town didn’t pick up a deserved three points after his side dominated proceedings at Huish Park.


Yeovil have lost just twice in the league on the road in 2017 but have only one win to their name (D5).


Way is hoping for his squad to build on last week’s impressive performance, yet frustrating result, when they make the short trip to St James Park to take on Exeter.


Paul Tisdale’s Grecians went on a healthy 12-match unbeaten streak from December 2016 to February but have recorded just two victories since losing to local rivals Plymouth Argyle (D4 L2).


Despite their indifferent form, the Devon club remain in the League Two play-offs by a point.


Exeter started the season poorly and they didn’t gain their first three points at home until December - their 10th attempt.


Since then, they have picked up five wins in eight games in front of their home fans.


David Wheeler has produced some brilliant displays for the Grecians, and his goals helped them propel up the table during their unbeaten sequence.


The midfielder netted nine goals in as many games, taking his tally to 15 for the season, but hasn’t scored since Valentine’s Day.


Ollie Watkins is also a player to watch out for. The youngster has scored 14 goals in all competitions, and is Exeter’s highest assist maker with five in the league.


Head-to-head

Yeovil’s last win over Exeter came back in 2011 - a 3-2 with at St James Park. 


The Glovers haven’t scored against the Grecians in two games, with their last goal coming in form of a Matty Dolan penalty in 2015.


Last time out, the sides played out a goalless draw in front of a 6,000-plus crowd at Huish Park on Boxing Day.


Referee

Darren Drysdale has refereed a mixture of League One and Two games this season and will take charge of his 18th game at St James Park on Saturday.


The Lincolnshire official has awarded 55 yellow cards and two reds, and is yet to officiate a Town match in 2016/17. 


He was last the man in the middle for a Glovers fixture back in 2015 when he officiated Town’s 1-1 draw with Notts County at Huish Park.


Mr. Drysdale will be assisted by John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) with Brett Huxtable (Devon) acting as fourth official. 


Coverage

Darren Way and Bevis Mugabi’s pre-match interviews can be viewed on YTFC's official YouTube account here.


On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account which can be found here, with additional updates available via YTFC's official Facebook page.


If you’re unable to attend the game a full match report will follow on ytfc.net at full-time with post-match reaction from manager Darren Way and a member of the playing staff following soon after.


Tickets

Supporters can buy tickets on the day at St James Park but there is a £1 increase. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased in advance at the Huish Park ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Tickets will go off sale at 3pm (Friday).

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REPORT: EXETER CITY 3-3 YEOVIL TOWN

25 March 2017

Yeovil Town were on the end of a stunning late comeback from play-off chasing Exeter City to draw 3-3 across the border in Devon.

Second-half strikes from Francois Zoko, Shayon Harrison and Alex Lacey fired Town into an impressive lead, before a dramatic finale.

With 89 minutes on the clock, David Wheeler gave City faint hope before Troy Brown’s header a minute in five added on gave the hosts real belief. 

And, just four minutes after Wheeler’s strike, Exeter drew level through Reuben Reid to rescue a point and leave the Glovers deflated. 

Undefeated in their last three games, Darren Way made one change to the side that was frustratingly held to a 1-1 draw last time out at home to Accrington Stanley. 

Harrison replaced Tom Eaves in the front two, in a bid to add a goal scoring edge to the Glovers effective approach play. 

Bathed in sunshine at St James Park, both goalkeepers could enjoy the sun as much as the spectators in the opening 20 minutes, with chances at a premium.

Looking to retain their spot in the play-offs, the Grecians threatened to sustain a spell of pressure as the half grew on, only to be thwarted by a Yeovil side defending well as a collective. 

Untroubled until almost the half-hour mark, Artur Krysiak’s first notable involvement was to routinely collect Ollie Watkins’ deflected effort, triggering a similar occurrence at the other end. 

After neat build-up, Ben Whitfield’s shot from the edge of the box lacked the power to truly test Christy Pym, who comfortably gathered the ball diving to his right. 

In an even opening 45 minutes in Devon, the Glovers grew into the game and almost went into the break with the lead but for a superb Pym save. 

Matty Dolan’s deep free-kick was flicked on by Zoko into the path of Harrison, whose flicked effort was clawed out for a corner by the sprawling Exeter stopper as Town ended the half positively. 

After a first half largely lacking in goal scoring opportunities, the second period burst into life immediately.

Krysiak had to be alert from the get-go, stretching every sinew of his 6’4” frame to acrobatically get a hand to Bevis Mugabi’s miscued clearance which was destined to loop over the Polish ‘keeper. 

Keen to show his former club what they’re missing, the 27-year-old was in imperious form and with 50 minutes on the clock produced another stunning save to get a hand to Watkins’ low drive from inside the box.

Now an end-to-end affair, the visitors had a penalty claim waved away when Harrison went down in a bundle under challenge from Troy Brown, before Krysiak palmed away a venomous Watkins shot from the angle.

Unable to find a way past their former employer, Way’s side silenced the 4,600 home supporters with 62 minutes on the clock. 

Having tenaciously won back possession, Dolan’s inch-perfect through ball picked out the run of Zoko who clinically curled an effort past Pym into the bottom corner. 

Buoyed by taking the lead, Krysiak almost put the icing on the cake to his return to Devon with a goal, as his long clearance had to be tipped over for a corner by a scrambling Pym.

Staring an unexpected defeat in the face, the hosts emptied their bench of strikers and threw caution to the wind, but it was the Glovers who continue to threaten. 

With 71 minutes played, Town won back possession once again and after Pym couldn’t handle Whitfield’s swerving drive, Harrison followed in to loop a header over the stranded City goalkeeper to notch his first senior goal.

Over 800 Yeovil fans made the short trip across the border and as they created a raucous atmosphere in the stands, it was 3-0 on 78 minutes when Alex Lacey rose imperiously to head home Dolan’s angled free-kick. 

The Green and Whites were rampaging when substitute Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was denied by a fine Pym save, before Exeter found themselves a lifeline. 

With 89 minutes on the clock and after a spell of pressure, Wheeler’s shot from the edge of the box flew in off the post, sparking an unlikely comeback. 

Five minutes additional time further buoyed the home crowd and with only a minute of the added time played, Brown reduced the deficit to one with a powerful header. 

Now with a point in their sights, City seemed to have a monopoly on possession and after the ball fell to former Glover Reid at the back post, the striker emphatically picked out the back of the net. 

The Grecians fancied a winner in the final few seconds as a shell-shocked Yeovil held on for a point in a game which will leave the Green and Whites wondering how all three weren’t returning to Somerset. 

Exeter City: Pym; Sweeney, Brown, Moore-Taylor, Woodman (Reid 69’); Taylor (Wheeler 45’), James, Tillson, Harley; Watkins, McAlinden (Stacey 58’). 
Bookings: James 77’
Subs not used: Olejnik, Grant, Oakley, Croll.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; Shephard, Mugabi, Lacey, Dickson; Dawson, Butcher, Dolan, Whitfield (Goodship 90’); Zoko (Eaves 89’), Harrison (Akpa Akpro 75’)
Bookings: Dolan 45’, Krysiak 74’
Subs not used: Maddison, James, Bassett, Eaves, Sowunmi.

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