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Match preview Vs Exeter City



Date: 01-09-07 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 15:00hrs
We'll be hoping to build on that great win at Rushden on Monday with another fine performance against what should be much tougher opponents in Exeter City.    The only problem is that we're very poor at Aggborough but always seem to travel well.

With defeats at home to Aldershot and Stevenage so far then it's about time we started to pick up a point at home.

Mark Yates will, ironically, be back on the touchline for the first time at home following his four game ban for allegedly taking a punch at Exeter's Lee Elam in the corresponding fixture last February.    Elam had been up to his usual tricks throughout the game by winding players up, diving and running to the referee complaining about being picked on.    As with most short-arses his ego is bigger than him and he thinks the footballing world revolves around him.

It'll be interesting to see if his attitude is any better this time around but it doesn't excuse Yates swinging a right hook at him and he's lucky he didn't get a stiffer sentence.

We might be able to welcome our latest signing to Aggie tomorrow with the return of Dean Bennett to the fold.    As reported yesterday, here, he hasn't had the best of times since first leaving us and he'll be hoping to re-ignite his career with a club that he genuinely loves.

Simon Russell is still out with his Internet injury but is back in training, if only for a few runs up and down the pitch while the others are warming up before the game.    There are thought to be no new injuries to any of the squad following the Rushden game.

Exeter are having a good start to the season and currently sit in, technically, third place but with the same points and goal difference as Torquay and Cambridge.    They have a handful of injuries to midfield men Andy Taylor, Liam Sercombe, Danny Seaborne and Neal Saunders but their potent strikeforce are all fit.

The afore mentioned Elam, Adam Stansfield, Richard Logan and Steve Basham are all feared at this level so we'll need our defence to be as strong as they were at Rushden.    Don't forget we also have some good strikers too and it's about time they started turning up with the goods.

I can't see it being this weekend though and I'm thinking a draw here.

Teams:

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Bevan, Coleman, Harkness, Kenna, Bignot, Creighton, Whitehead, Munday, McGrath, Ferrell, Bennett, Hurren, Russell, Penn, Richards, Blackwood, Barnes-Homer, Smikle, Christie, Constable.

Exeter City from:
Marriott, Jones, Tully, Friend, Gill, Mackie, Stansfield, Elam, Carlisle, Basham, Cozic, Edwards, M Taylor, Tisdale, Richardson, Logan, Moxey, Martin, Bye, Shephard, Stamp, Artus.

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