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PREVIEW | Exeter City v Yeovil Town

Glovers begin their 2017/18 Checkatrade Trophy campaign at St James Park

29 August 2017

Connor Smith and Francois Zoko celebrate with Olufela Olomola PPAUK

Darren Way sees the Checkatrade Trophy as an important competition.

Last term, the Yeovil boss led his side to the quarter-finals after finishing top of group A above Portsmouth, Bristol Rovers and Reading Under-21s.

The Glovers’ opening game against Pompey was a seven-goal thriller at Huish Park before a draw at Rovers and another victory at the Madejski.

Fresh from three points at the weekend, Town have no injury concerns going to St James Park to take on Exeter City.

The Grecians are currently top of Sky Bet League Two following an unbeaten start to the season.

Striker Reuben Reid is top of the goalscoring charts with four, while fellow forward Liam McAlinden assisting three of Exeter’s eight goals in all competitions.

Town’s last win over Exeter came in 2011.

The Glovers have played the Grecians seven times since without victory (D4 L3).

Last season, Darren Way’s side were 3-0 up at St James Park but had to settle for a point after a remarkable comeback from the hosts.

Oliver Langford will be the man in the middle tonight.

Four of the Midlands-born man’s games this season have been at Championship level.

Last season, he handed out five reds cards (season total) in six games, and 129 yellow cards in total.

Mr Langford officiated Town’s 3-0 loss to QPR in the 2015/16 Carabao Cup first round.

He will be assisted by Mark Russell (Somerset) and Mark Pottage (Dorset) with Savvas Yianni (Somerset) acting as fourth official. 

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on at full-time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Exeter City 1-3 Yeovil Town

Town start Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a win in Devon

29 August 2017

Sam Surridge jumps on Rhys Browne during celebrating a goal PPAUK

Yeovil Town saw off Exeter City 3-1 at St James Park to record an opening victory in the Checkatrade Trophy group stages.

After a goalless first period, the Glovers took the lead immediately after the restart as Sam Surridge opened his Town account following good work from Jordan Green.

Rhys Browne doubled the visitors’ advantage with a confident finish before Otis Khan registered a quickfire third.

Youngster Jack Sparkes grabbed a consolation for the Grecians with 10 minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Green and Whites starting their cup campaign with an impressive victory.

Darren Way made five changes from the side that dispatched Coventry City at Huish Park three days previous, handing Surridge and Green their full debuts.

Elsewhere, Daniel Alfei and Tom James lotted into defence while Jake Gray partnered James Bailey in central midfield.

With both sides making widespread changes, it was a disjointed start to proceedings in front of a sparse crowd.

Following a lengthy injury delay as Exeter’s Luke Croll had to be stretched from the field of play following a clumsy Green challenge, it took until 12 minutes for the first real action of the half.

Lurking at the back post, Jake Taylor fired a fierce effort goalwards, only to be denied by Artur Krysiak who had narrowed the angle brilliantly.

In the ascendancy, former Glover Reuben Reid almost opened the scoring from 20 yards five minutes later, only for his curling shot to whistle past the post and wide.

After City’s opportunities, it was Town’s turn to trouble the deadlock through Gray.

The energetic midfielder first drove an effort into the arms of James Hamon following Surridge’s lay-off, before volleying wide of the target having burst into the box moments later.

An increasingly stop-start affair, it was the Glovers who were next to be forced into a substitution.

Top scorer Olufela Olomola had to be withdrawn following a forceful challenge from Troy Archibald-Henville which saw the Exeter defender enter the referee’s notebook.

Despite losing their four-goal striker, Way’s side ended the half on the front foot as Surridge burst into life.

The Bournemouth loanee first blazed a powerful strike over the bar from the angle, before seeing a shot destined for the bottom corner following Khan’s cut back blocked by a sprawling Troy Brown in virtually the last act of the half.

Third time lucky is the adage, and so it proved to be less than a minute after the restart for the Town’s striker. 

Tenacious play from Green saw the attacker brilliantly win possession in Exeter’s box, retaining composure to then pick out Surridge who coolly slotted a first-time effort under Hamon to get off the mark in green and white.

Keen to avoid just their second defeat of the season, Paul Tisdale’s side searched for an equaliser as the half developed. 

Matt Jay and Reid both guided efforts off target, before Krysiak punched away Lee Holmes’ whipped free-kick just past the hour mark.

But still looking a threat in the final third, Green slammed an effort into the side-netting before the Glovers doubled their lead with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Khan’s incisive through ball perfectly picked out the run of Browne, who emphatically drilled past Hamon for his second in as many matches.

Before the hosts had the chance to respond it was 3-0, as Khan added a goal to his assist.

Showing pace and trickery to burst past his man along the by-line, the winger defied the odds to pick out the far corner from a seemingly impossible angle.

The Glovers surrended a three-goal lead at St James Park towards the end of last season, and Town fans could’ve been forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu when Sparkes grabbed a goal back on 80 minutes.

However, City’s goal proved to be little more than a consolation as Town saw out the final few minutes to start the Checkatrade Trophy group stages in impressive fashion.

Exeter City: Hamon, Taylor, Moore-Taylor (James 58’), Brown, Croll (Kite 9’), Sparkes, Byrne, Archibald-Henville, Holmes, Reid (McAlinden 64’), Jay.
Bookings: Archibald-Henville 32’, Moore-Taylor 52’, James 90’.
Subs not used: Pym, Woodman, Tillson, Key.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Alfei (Nelson 86’), Mugabi, N. Smith, James, Green, Gray, Bailey, Khan, Surridge, Olomola (Browne 39’). 
Bookings: Green 6’, Browne 52’, Surridge 75’, Khan 90’.
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, Dickson.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Pay on the night at St James Park

Ticket news for the Glovers' trip to Exeter City in the Checkatrade Trophy

29 August 2017

St James Park, Exeter during a night match with the floodlights on Shutterstock

Town supporters can pay on the night at Exeter City (7.45pm).

The Glovers open their 2017/18 Checkatrade Trophy campaign in Devon, looking to repeat last season's feat which saw Darren Way's side progress from the group stage in top spot. 

Exeter have made an unbeaten start to the Sky Bet League Two season but suffered defeat in the Carabao Cup to Charlton Athletic earlier in the month. 

Yeovil fans wishing to make the short trip to St James Park can purchase tickets via the Grecians ticket office prior to kick-off. 

Prices are as follows: 
Adult - £12
Over 64 - £10
Students - £10
Under-18 - £4

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