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The Big Match Preview: Exeter

31 January 2017

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Sky Bet League 2 clash at St James Park (k.o. 7.45pm).

Exeter City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 31st January 2017, k.o. 7.45pm
St James Park, EX4 6PX
Referee: John Brooks

The Chairboys return to league action tonight after two thrilling cup ties which brought mixed fortunes and mixed emotions in the 10 days which have passed since their last league outing.

That 1-1 draw against Luton seems a long time ago now, with the 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy triumph at Mansfield acting as a perfect warm-up act ahead of THAT FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

But there must be no hangover and no 'after the Lord Mayor's Show' type feeling tonight as Gareth Ainsworth's men look to end the Grecians' superb 10-match unbeaten run in the league, and hope to extend their own sequence of 12 league fixtures without defeat.

Paul Tisdale's side endured a tough start to the campaign, going nearly five months without a home win before overcoming Mansfield just before Christmas towards the start of this phenomenal purple patch.

They head into tonight's game having won their last five matches, including an eye-catching triumph at Portsmouth on Saturday, which will no doubt have attracted more attention to their host of young starlets on transfer deadline day.

In fact City have conceded just twice since November 19th, and none at all in 2017, which sets up a nice challenge for the Wanderers who are enjoying their best season in front of goal since Ainsworth took the helm.

The Blues boss added Watford youngster Alex Jakubiak to his ranks yesterday on a loan deal for the rest of the season, and he links up with the squad which hopes to show no ill effects from their hard work at the Lane.

Wycombe have lost just one of their past 13 visits to Devon, winning 11, but that solitary loss did come on a Tuesday night visit to Exeter in 2014.

Tickets are now off-sale at Adams Park and can only be purchased on arrival at Exeter's ground, with the option of seating or standing.

Wanderers have been given an initial allocation of 200 tickets - 100 in the seated area on one side, and 100 in the uncovered terrace area behind one goal.

Prices are as follows.

On the day seating
Adults: £23
Seniors: £21
Students: £21
Under 18s: £10

On the day standing
Adults: £17
Seniors: £13
Students: £12
Under 18s: £5

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from St James Park from 6.15pm.

By Adrian Wood

Postcode: EX4 6PX

Recommended road directions
Take the A404 south, leading to the A404(M) and continue to the westbound M4. Leave the M4 at J20 and take the M5 (s/p The South West). Leave the M5 at Junction 29 then turn right onto the A3015. At Moor Lane roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A3015. After 0.46 miles, take the 2nd exit at the roundabout onto Honiton Road, the B3183. Follow “City Centre” signs and go past the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.  At the roundabout take the 4th exit onto Western Way, the B3212. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Old Tiverton Road. St James Park and Stadium Way are located on the left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 179

Recommended area for car parking
Note that there is no on-site parking for supporters at St James Park on match days. There is street parking, but this will be quite a way from the ground as there is a local residents parking scheme in operation.

Using the train?
Please note that as this fixture is now an evening kick off, return by train is not possible on the day, the last London bound train departing Exeter St David’s at 20:52 hours. For anyone travelling down by rail, there is a regular direct service from Paddington with fastest journey time a little over two hours. The nearest railway station to the ground is actually St James Park. The London trains arrive at St David’s from where you can catch a local train to St James Park. 

Facilities for away fans
The stadium capacity is 8,830 (3,800 seated). Visiting fans are mostly accommodated in the St James’ Road terrace at one end of the ground. This has no cover and is open to the elements. Fans are situated quite low down and close to the pitch. Some seats are available in the Grandstand. This is covered but does have some supporting pillars that may affect your view.

Facilities around the ground
There is a Social Club at the ground, which usually allows in away supporters. A popular choice with away fans is the nearby ‘St Anne’s Well’ on Well Street. This has local ales, well cooked food, and Sky Sports. There is plenty of choice if you walk into the city centre. Coming recommended are the ‘Duke of York’ and the ‘Amber Rooms’ in Sidwell Street, and also ‘The Victoria' on Victoria Road. Another option is the “Bowling Green” PH, on Blackboy Road about a quarter of a mile from the ground. This is a friendly establishment popular with both home and away fans.

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