July 15, 2016
A look ahead to Exeter City’s first pre-season home game.
(This article is an amended version of one provided by the Exeter City Official Website.)
Exeter City Manager Paul Tisdale believes that; “it will be a good barometer to where we are considering that they were a promoted team last year in our league. ”
Exeter City vs. Bristol Rovers
St James Park
Saturday 16th July 2016
Bristol Rovers’ visit to St James Park on Saturday is the first Grecians home match since the death of former Grecians player and manager Eamonn Dolan, who passed away on 20 June aged just 48.
A minute’s applause will be held prior to kick-off in memory of widely-respected Eamonn Dolan.
Exeter City return to action at St James Park on Saturday afternoon, seventy-seven days since the Grecians rounded of their 2015/16 home campaign with a 1-1 draw against Morecambe.
One of the stand out sides in EFL 2 last season, Darrell Clarke’s side clinched promotion to the third tier with a last-gasp win over Dagenham & Redbridge on the final day of the season.
Manager Paul Tisdale admitted that the match would be a good barometer for how much progress his team have made having only played Bristol Rovers away in mid-April. “It will be a good barometer to where we are considering that they were a promoted team last year in our league,” said Tis. “I think it will be a nice bit of context for us. I near enough know the team – it is not set in stone yet – but it gives me a good chance to play 45 minutes, maybe an hour, with those players and get some kind of level of where we are compared to last year.
“For me, it will be an instant window into our state of progress, because I have got something to compare it to. We only played at Rovers two or three months ago. It gives me immediate context which is important over the next month.”
Tickets for this one can be purchased on the gate at SJP or in advance from the club’s reception.
Bristol Rovers 3-1 Exeter City, Memorial Stadium (23rd April 2016)
Goals from Billy Bodin, Lee Brown and EFL 2 top-scorer Matty Taylor consigned Exeter City to a second defeat of the week at the Memorial Stadium, ending the Grecians’ hopes of a play-off finish.
Read the full match report here
Exeter City wins: 27
Bristol Rovers wins: 29
Referee: Lee Swabey
Assistants: Adam Hopkins & Andy Quin
Fourth Official: Mark Whaley